Our Translators

Mrs. Tiro Baitsiseng completed senior secondary school in 1995, following which she completed one year of national service (Tirelo Sechaba) for the Botswana government working in a kgotla, enabling her to develop administrative skills. She began her working life teaching domestic science and Setswana at junior secondary level. In 2007 she was hired by the U. S. Peace Corps as a language and cross-cultural facilitator. From 2013-18 she worked as an instructor for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, teaching Setswana to students from small liberal arts colleges in the U. S.

Mrs. Dolly Motlalamme completed senior secondary school in 1992. She did national service for the Botswana government (Tirelo Sechaba) teaching standard 3 at primary school. She has held various posts in different work environments and in towns all over the country, giving her a very broad familiarity with cultural differences in different parts of Botswana. She was hired by the U. S. Peace Corps in 2006 as a language and cross-cultural facilitator, and in 2013 by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, for whom she worked for six years (until the program was disbanded).

Ms. Julia Sentle is from Maunatlala. She completed senior secondary school at Mater Spei College in 1993 and has a diploma in information technology. She taught for three years from 1996-98, later beginning work as a language and cross-cultural facilitator for the U. S. Peace Corps and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest; she also assisted with similar work for the Japan International Cooperation Agency. She speaks a number of Southern African languages, in addition to Setswana and English, and she has done transcription work.


As language and cross-cultural facilitators, Tiro, Dolly, and Julia have between them more than twenty-five years' experience helping people adjust to Botswana society and teaching them the ins and outs of Setswana culture and language. This work (with mainly English speakers) has given them a great deal of experience in helping people to translate cultural experiences between English and Setswana. They have been trained in the Total Physical Response Method of language instruction, and they are qualified to assess Setswana proficiency not only for the Peace Corps but also for other institutions who require it.

Tiro, Dolly, and Julia have translated questionnaires for local researchers and designed Setswana classes for particular groups of people, and they are available for individual tutoring. They are extremely motivated, organized, and enthusiastic.