Allison Matlack

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Allison Scott Matlack
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Country Lesotho
Years: 2005-2007
Site(s) Ha Senkoase, Mokhotlong
Program(s) Education
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Allison Matlack started in Lesotho 2005
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Description of Service

After a competitive application process stressing appropriate skills, adaptability, and cross-cultural sensitivity, Allison Scott Matlack began Peace Corps Pre-Service Training on November 18, 2005, in Maseru, Lesotho. She completed an 8-week training program and was sworn-in as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer on January 12, 2006.


family in a rural village with learning geared towards actual day-to-day family life, including chores, roles and responsibilities of family members, family structure, mode of dress around the house/outside the home compound, religious beliefs, and traditional food.


During the Peace Corps service, training is offered to help improve skills, discuss problems with other volunteers, listen to advice and enable volunteers as a group to communicate with the administration as a whole.

discussed teaching techniques, student/teacher motivation, developing appropriate teaching materials for schools with limited financial resources, problems encountered in the first 6 months of service, and community development projects/proposal writing with each volunteer’s supervisor. Volunteers on the GAD committee, diversity committee, and HIV/AIDS committee respectively conducted sessions where issues relating to each committee were discussed and how the volunteers were introducing ideas of gender and HIV into their work.

conference revolved around the upcoming snap elections in Lesotho and related safety/security/medical procedures and precautions. Lectures were given by officers from the U.S. Embassy and the Peace Corps office.

presenters. Among others, issues discussed were general HIV information specific to Lesotho, how HIV/AIDS affects the workplace, how to assist small businesses (BizAIDS), and how to assist Lesotho’s Student Union clubs. Volunteers across the two PC/Lesotho sectors discussed how to incorporate HIV into their work and demonstration lessons/ideas were given.

Hotel in Maseru. Issues discussed were administrative and medical procedures required for COS, self-assessment of the Peace Corps experience, self-assessment of future goals, assessment of Peace Corps Lesotho, job hunting, re-entry to the USA, ways to implement Peace Corps’ third goal of educating people in America so they better understand other people and cultures, grief and loss, and a diversity session focusing on the relationships built among Education 2006-08 volunteers.


Ms. Allison Matlack swore in as a Peace Corps volunteer on January 12, 2006, and was responsible to the Ministry of Education during her service in Lesotho. She served as an English Language and English Literature teacher at Senkoase High School in the district of Mokhotlong.


Ms. Matlack worked with about a dozen other teachers at her high school and taught English to over 300 students ranging from ages 12 to 27. She planned lessons with her colleagues, incorporating everything from grammar and literature to HIV/AIDS awareness and life skills. She was able to incorporate technology in the classroom, utilizing music and films to demonstrate lessons; she also donated books and magazines to the students. She provided her staff with resource information and also occasionally worked as an administrative assistant, copying or typing papers. She helped organize and chaperone sporting events and assisted in creating class/teacher schedules and exam timetables. In all of her classrooms, career advice, study tips, examination preparation skills and current affairs were constantly discussed.

Ms. Matlack taught English Language/Literature to Forms A and B (roughly equivalent to U.S. grades 6-8) in both 2006 and 2007. She taught English Language to Form D (roughly 11th grade) in 2006 and continued with those students into Form E (roughly 12th grade) in 2007.

In English Language classes, the following topics were discussed:

In Literature classes, the following topics were discussed:



Pursuant to section 5 (f) of the Peace Corps act, 22 U.S.C. 2504 (f) amended, any former Volunteer employed by the United States Government following his/her Peace Corps Volunteer service is entitled to have any period of satisfactory Peace Corps Volunteer service credited for purpose of retirement, seniority, reduction in force, leave and other privileges based on length of Government service. Peace Corps service shall not be credited toward completion of the probationary or trial periods or completion of any service requirement for career appointment.

This is to certify in accordance with Executive Order No. 11103 of April 10, 1963, that Ms. Allison Scott Matlack served satisfactorily as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her service ended on the below mentioned date. She is therefore eligible to be appointed as a career-conditional employee in the competitive civil service on a non-competitive basis.

This benefit under the Executive Order entitlement extends for a period of one year. The employing agency may extend the period for up to three years for a former Volunteer who enters military service, pursues studies at a recognized institution of higher learning or engages in other activities which in the view of the appointing authority warrants extension of the period.

PCV: Allison Scott Matlack Reviewed by: Ted Mooney, Country Director, Peace Corps Lesotho

Lessons Learned

I LOVED Lesotho...I was told I would be receiving an invitation to Eastern Europe, but Lesotho showed up in my mailbox. I really didn't want to go to Africa...I don't do hot. But Lesotho didn't seem like "AFRICA Africa" in my mind...meaning that it wasn't the desert I imagined all of Africa to be in my ignorance. It's a beautiful mountain kingdom full of generally well-meaning people. It was my home for two years, and I miss it in a lot of ways.

And I'm proud of the work that I did. It felt like I didn't do much, but once I looked at my final DOS, I was like, "Wow. I DID something."

About Allison Matlack Today

I am definitely more patient. I also found my husband while serving in the Peace Corps, so that's always a plus! (He was another member of my training group. We had a traditional wedding ceremony while in Lesotho and are having a traditional American ceremony in October 2008.)

I learned that underneath our multicultural clothes, we're all really the same...we all want the same things, we all are striving to reach the same goals. We just get there in different ways.

I also have to say that I was pretty down on America and Americans before I left, but now I appreciate all we have and all we are given...I'm just dismayed at how we waste it all.

Currently I am a technical writer at NetApp ( and am loving it! I never wanted to be in the tech sector, but here I am...and it's a GREAT company to work for. My fiance and I are buying a house...we close at the end of April 2008. Scary!

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