Volunteer Work Lesotho

Lesotho, officially known as the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country situated in Southern Africa, sharing a 1,106 km border with South Africa, making it an enclave within South African territory. Lesotho is characterized by tall mountains and narrow valleys, owing its political autonomy to the natural barriers that surround and protect it.

The country, covering an area of approximately 11,600 square miles, is nestled in the Maloti Mountains, and has a population of about 2 million people. It's hard to accept the mountain kingdom of Lesotho faces extinction as AIDS/HIV has ravaged the population of just 2.125 million (2019) with a quarter of all adults having the virus and half of all women in the country being infected.

With a life expectancy of 53.70 years (2018), Lesotho is ranked in 168th place out of 191 countries and territories in 2021 in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. One in three children is an orphan, 40% of under fives are malnourished and the country they will grow up in faces water scarcity with the UN estimating that just 3% of the country's land will be farmable within 25 years. It's understandable therefore that most volunteer work programs in Lesotho focus on caring for orphans, teaching projects and agricultural sustainability as well as construction work addressing the country's urgent water needs. Other volunteer work involves supporting families headed by children themselves whose parents have passed as well as securing and promoting the right of girls and women.

Please note that many volunteer opportunities in Lesotho were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the permanent closure of some volunteer opportunities and restrictions on others. Hopefully things are now beginning to return to normal. If you run or know of a volunteer work project in Lesotho let us know by contacting us here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Work Lesotho

Volunteer Work Lesotho

Volunteer Work Lesotho

Volunteer Work Lesotho

Volunteer Work Lesotho



Volunteer Work Lesotho: Habitat

Help transform communities by providing decent, clean and affordable shelter to Basotho families.
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Action Lesotho

Volunteer Work Lesotho: Action Lesotho

Action Lesotho is a development NGO working in Lesotho to improve health and alleviate poverty.
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Volunteer Work Lesotho: Sentebale

Occasional volunteer work opportunities to help Lesotho's vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
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Volunteer Work Lesotho

Volunteer Work Lesotho

If you are considering undertaking a period of voluntary work in Lesotho check out our Lesotho profile pages to explore the country before you visit and learn how to make the most of your volunteer work in Lesotho.

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