097 July 29

My 1st safari adventure – Akagera National Park, Rwanda

I never thought I’d ever go on an African safari, it’s just not something I thought I’d ever have the time to do but once I found out I was coming to Rwanda I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity. This past weekend, I traveled to Akagera National Park. The park has had a troubled […]

DSIi 2 July 28

I never thought I’d be bothered by the use of an apostrophe.

The scientific community has always had a problem standardising terms. From multiple aliases for proteins, to the spelling of sulphur (personal note: I will never spell sulphur with an f!). Historically the naming of Down syndrome was a contentious issue. In 1965, when the World Health Organisation was trying to come to an agreement on […]

20140728-110814-40094533.jpg July 28

Pick your feet up!!#becsoneill

So for a number of years Jessy (my bessie at home ) has been saying… “Pick your feet up woman!!” I seriously need to listen to this advice out here. The roads in Uganda are not O’Neill proof.. Pot holes galore and rocks protruding from nowhere= accident number 2, 3rd pair of torn leggings and […]

Getting my feet wet

It has been three weeks and I am kind of getting my feet wet here. I now have a name plate! So it is real… I am very much part of the Philadelphia Education fund now J Mine is a home assignment, my GSK home location is the Philadelphia area and I am volunteering at […]

London's burning July 25

London calling

I have now been here at Save the Children UK for 5 weeks and the time seems to have passed in an instant. My role is to support the GSK-SC partnership with responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the success and effectiveness of the partnership itself. The assignment is slightly unusual in that this role is a […]

One week to go before my PULSE assignment

One week to go before  my PULSE assignment and I am staring at my computer screen wondering what do I write here!   I still cannot really believe that I am about to leave for my assignment with the Navjyoti India Foundation based in Delhi, India for 6 months. Prior to my holiday, I focused on ensuring that […]

Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam July 25

One Small Step Achieved!

This week marks a remarkable step on the Skill to Succeed Project in Vietnam!   The Skill to Succeed Project is a global project to improve employment prospects of at-risk youth aged 16-24 in 6 countries, including China, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam. The key cities to focus on Vietnam are Da Nang and Can Tho. […]

Chiller July 25

Home from home

Chillers, Boilers and Plant rooms.  All familiar territory back in my job role at GSK.  On a slightly smaller scale, the new Hospice has similar systems to provide air conditioning, central heating and hot water for the whole building.   The commissioning of these systems started this week and it was interesting to see how […]

051 July 24

One month in Kigali, Rwanda

I can’t believe I’ve been in Kigali, Rwanda for one month. Colleen Kane and I are working for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Rwanda on their Human Resource for Health (HRH) program. The program aims to build the health education infrastructure and health workforce necessary to create […]

photo 5 July 24

Blogging – Emma Drawbridge

One of my biggest worries after the initial excitement of finding out I had been given the opportunity to go on a PULSE assignment to Tanzania was that I needed to use a blog for the first time. I found the idea of doing this very daunting. I really didn’t know how to beginning or […]

ccasapata July 23

In just one week…

I have been in Lima for exactly one month and one week. Most of this time I have been getting accustomed to the culture, the food (easiest one – excellent food!), getting used to the area, getting used to my new job. However, even though I had heard so much about Save the Children (SC) […]

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Communication is the key to success! ‘Communication is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of ideas, feelings, intentions, attitudes, expectations, perceptions or commands, as by speech, gestures, writings and behavior. It is the meaningful exchange of information between two or more. Communication requires a sender, a message, a medium and a recipient, although […]

Agile Task Map July 22

Agile Software Development and Prevention Partners

Whether you are developing software to meet robust data integration needs for delivery to external customers or reevaluating your business processes, agile software development mythology is an efficient and effective method to convey information by encouraging face-to-face conversations.  The Technology and Continuous Improvement (T&CI) team here are Prevention Partners used Agile to design new SharePoint […]

Burundi Presidential Guard July 22

A Chemist in Burundi: House Hunting, Bujumbura style!

A few of my fellow PULSE volunteer were able to arrive to an already sorted accommodation or to share a house with other volunteers based in the same town. As the first and only one sent to Burundi, my story was a bit different. Finding a place to live is usually based on two major […]

IMG_1758[1] July 22

Before starting!!!

Finally, I manage to get my Visa and I will start my mission on 13th of August. Cannot wait to start !!! The only thing that I will miss is my little angel :)


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