Jillian in Lesotho


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  • Sala Hantle!
    At the end of November, I earned my R! After 3 months as a PCT (Peace Corps Trainee) and 2 years as a PCV (Peace Corps Volunteer), I am finally an RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer). I spent a week traveling with friends to celebrate the end of our service – we had...
  • Mpho
    When I said goodbye to the women’s group that I work with, they gave me the most beautiful and thoughtful gift. This grass mat, woven by my friend and local grandmother ‘M’e Maletuka, has miniature versions of traditional Basotho objects hanging from it. They told me it was so I...
  • Transition
    As I’m writing this, I have 8 days remaining in my village. Soon, I’ll be on my way to the capital for several days of paperwork, and soon after that… I’ll be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV).  For so long, my job was to do stuff. I conducted needs assessments,...
  • 2 Years
    Today, October 7, marks two years since I stepped off a plane in Lesotho. Last year, I wrote a post about the things I’d gained and lost in my first year here. This year, I don’t have quite the same kind of well-planned post, but I have some thoughts all...
  • Funny Moments 8
    As of today, I have less than 2 months remaining in my Peace Corps service. That sentence makes me feel… everything… so instead, here’s a list of things that have made me laugh recently! My host family feeds my dog when I’m out of town. Recently I came home to see...
  • Grant #3: Men’s HIV Testing Event
    The third and final event that my community put on with the help of grant money (see the last 2 posts for more!) was a football game and HIV testing event aimed specifically at men. I’ve been working a lot with women in the last year, most obviously with the women’s...