June 21

New adventure awaits – see you later Britain!

This is my first attempt at writing a blog so I’ll try to keep it short. I find this surreal that in less than 24 hours I will be in a continent I have never visited before, to start a 6 month journey in the unknown. ‘If you want something you’ve never had, you must […]

June 20

Time is the greatest gift

GSK PULSE volunteer partnership* seemed like a distant dream for me although this idea was planted years ago. “There will never be a best timing for PULSE.  Every year we will always have different priorities. You just go ahead and chase your dream and we will support you!”  This was the conversation I had between […]

June 19

A single raindrop….

As I have been preparing to go on a 6 month GSK Volunteer assignment in Rwanda called “PULSE” strangely enough I began to think of myself as a raindrop. A single raindrop doesn’t matter much but it can evoke strong emotions: anticipation of a cooling rain, disappointment that the rain is coming and might ruin […]

bags packed June 17

A New Chapter

Preparing for the Philippines

June 16

One week before flying to Zambia

In one week time, I will be in the plane flying to Lusaka, in Zambia to join Care International team for the Live Well programme. Over the last weeks, I went through a large amount of emotions… but I must say that today, I am pretty excited and I really look forward to meeting the […]

June 16

…The imagination brings you everywhere…

The story of my adventure started last December when I read the mail from Communication about PULSE program. I didn’t know anything about it but what I thought was: “that’s my chance….that’s my time”!! I started to gather some information asking loccaly to Communication, globally to PULSE team and searching for someone else in my […]

June 16

1st Week has flown by!

I learnt such a lot, how Save the Children was founded by Eglantyne Jebb arrested for distributing leaflets in Trafalgar Square. They bore shocking images of children affected by famine in Europe, and the headline: ‘Our Blockade has caused this – millions of children are starving to death’. When Jebb was tried for her protest […]

June 15

Countdown 2 Days To Go…

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.  – Mark Twain Wow can you believe that by this time next […]

June 15

Fighting cancer one day at a time

Imagine a world where no one fears cancer.  That is Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) dream for Canada. With the work that the CCS is doing to fight cancer, I firmly believe that this battle is winnable. It is not easy, but it is also not impossible. Mark Zuckerberg, in a commencement address he recently delivered […]

June 13

Next week in Africa

One week from today I will actually be in Africa.  The time has gone so quickly since I applied in December.  I feel prepared and somewhat organized but it has tested all of my multitasking expertise to get here.  Now to pack– where do you start to choose a wardrobe for 6 months in a […]

June 13

Life Pre-PULSE & Post PULSE

As some of you know, last July I went on a PULSE assignment at The Food Trust working on Get Hype Philly! which is a citywide initiative promoting positive youth development in Philly and empowers youth as leaders to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. This volunteer experience became a point in my life […]

June 10

Before the Beginning

“Each beginning is the end of a waiting. We are each given exactly one chance to be.  Each of us is both impossible and inevitable.  Every replete tree was first a seed that waited.”   An excerpt from “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren As I prepare for commencing my PULSE assignment, I have been reflecting on what […]

June 08

Looking forward to starting at Save The Children International London! My first attempt at a blog!  It will be an interesting journey and happy blogging!

June 06

Grateful. Empowered. Excited.

Grateful.Empowered. Excited. Those were just 3 of many words generated by my fellow PULSE volunteers during the US training session when we were asked to described how we were feeling at the at the end of our 3 day PULSE training session. I was able to meet 9 other inspiring GSK employees all of which are […]

June 05

Anxiously at peace

Is that title a bit oxymoronic? I suppose so, but it truly is what I’m feeling at the moment. Two weeks from today I begin my journey as a PULSE volunteer, as I leave comforts of Bloomington, Indiana (population 83,500) and home and head to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, population of 17,000,000 or so […]