Dumelang!  I served with the Peace Corps as a Health & HIV/AIDS Capacity Building Specialist (Civil Society) in Botswana from July 2017 to March 2020.  I have returned to Colorado, as part of Peace Corps’ evacuation of all Volunteers worldwide due to coronavirus.

Toward the third goal of the Peace Corps mission (“To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.”), I blogged about my experiences.  I also wrote a monthly column for the Montrose Daily Press (and I am grateful for its generous coverage).  Here’s the latest one and here are the other ones (oldest to most recent):

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

December 2017

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

And here’s an article that the Daily Press wrote before my departure.  And here’s another one from the Telluride Watch.

Please note that internet service in Botswana is unpredictable, so I will post when I can.  You can scroll down to the bottom to sign up to receive emails when I post.


Leaving Botswana…

[Note: This is an article I wrote for the Rotary District 5470 International Newsletter #22, May 2020.] On the morning of Monday, March 16, I walked to work. Past the people waiting for the combis (minibuses) and the old woman selling airtime and sweets, across the dusty football pitch at Gaborone Secondary School, and up …

About Amy

In the US, I live in a log cabin at 7,800 feet in western Colorado.  I have two kind and talented sons (Liam, 20 and Aidan, 23).  I’ve spent 28 years working for nonprofits and local government, and serving on too many boards and committees.  I am a member of the Montrose Rotary Club, and I enjoy hiking, fishing, cooking, reading, puzzles, and Scrabble.

Contact me!

My email address is tsalayagago@gmail.com.  You can contact me for my phone number and postal address.