STEAM Summer Camp

Well, it has officially been 1 month since I started my PULSE assignment at EDCI and I can easily say I love every minute of it. I have started off my assignment on the ground level helping with their STEAM(Science,Technology,Engineering,Art,Math) summer camp program. They average 50-60 kids in attendance every day. During camp the kids focus on […]

PULSE VOLUNTEER :: When Dream, Opportunity, Confident, Pain, and Emotion Meet to Shape My Destiny in Public Health.

It was 7 Oct 2016, just one day before my big-day, I completed my three years in GlaxoSmithKline, Biologicals and it made me eligible for PULSE Volunteering Program of GSK. It was not less than a birthday gift for me as I waited almost three years for this day. After having brief discussions with my line […]

July 19

Yippeee I am off to Malawi

Well after a couple of months of challenges I have finally booked my flight to Malawi and am heading off at the end of July to work for 6 months with Partners in Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo. I will be based in Neno a small rural district in the southern part of Malawi about 2 […]

July 17

“FaceDynamo” Part I

Hello everybody! Today I am going to let you know more about the DynaFriends that are working here at the Camp. So let’s start from the Director of the Camp: Vito Nigro. Ciao a tutti! Oggi vi farò conoscere un pò i DynAmici che stanno lavorando qui al Camp. Allora…iniziamo dal Direttore del Camp: Vito […]

July 16

Pull, Push or Carry?

My first impression of Rwanda, beyond that of the beauty of the hills and the warmth of its people, can best be described by three simple words, PUSH, PULL or CARRY.  In a country the size of New Hampshire, known as the land of 1000 hills, with over 12 million people the roads are crowded […]

July 14

My PULSE assignment is about to start!!

Hello! My name is Tomoyuki Kotaki, I’m working for GSK as an IT project manager based in Tokyo, responsible for delivering digital marketing projects. Thank you for taking time to read my first blog post. I have been selected as a PULSE* volunteer and will be working with the Irish nonprofit organisation called Barretstown, a […]

July 13

អរុណសួស្ដី Miss Asuncion!

Those were my very first worst in Khmer, the language spoken in Cambodia, from the taxi driver that came to pick me up at the airport. They meant “Good Morning”, but in Khmer is pronounced similar to “suicide” and THAT is what I understood after 15h travelling! Of course I started laughing and told him […]

July 13

Homecoming Rituals and Jetlagged Ramblings

There are so many places that I’ve called “home”; the most significant ones include: Warrnambool (where I was born and lived for the first 17 years of my life), Chapel Hill (where I have been living for the past 17 years; and more importantly where my wife and son are while I’m on my Pulse […]

July 13

Always seek the positive sides of things happening in Africa…and JUST be patient!

  Dear readers, I do have so many things to share for this week, not necessarily linked to work though… At work, first of all, we had a quieter week as we did not go into the fields with the sales team. I took time to read the Market Research reports regarding the business concept […]

July 13

My First Impression of Laos

Sába̖ai-di̖i! Welcome Blog-Readers to my first-ever blog! It’s week 1 in Vientiane, the capital city of Lao PDR (‘funny story I told everyone I was heading to La-o and 2 weeks later my friends YouTube shame me with a ‘how to pronounce Lao-S video’ – I win guys!) known as Laos prior to the Civil/Vietnamese War), […]

July 13

It is not the strongest of the species that survies nor the most intelligent that survies. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change ” Charles Darwin

It is now 2 weeks that I arrived in Nigeria. I did not expect, by landing at the airport, to discover such a “green landscape”, but it is true that we are in the rainy season!! Picture 1 : Abuja After 1 week-end in a hotel, I decided to move in a flat close the Clinton Health […]

July 13

My first week has passed quickly

I at last started PULSE program for 6 months. ~JENでの1週間があっという間に終了しました~ I joined JEN (Japan Emergency NGO) in PR/FR department from GSK! This PULSE program motivated me because I am interested to NPO/NGO, international cooperation and volunteering. It is the big chance for me to challenge new job, new environment, new co-workers and others. Everything of  JEN was first […]

My PULSE journey

英語の次に日本語がありますので、英語が苦手な方は英語をすっ飛ばしてご覧ください。   Hi, all. Now I am posting my first blog as a PULSE volunteer member to offer information relating to this activity. Though I am thinking to share daily activities, not only serious but casual, this is the first one and I think that it is a really good opportunity to make myself known […]

July 12

Viva Mexico!

Welcome to Mexico! After 3 weeks I feel in a position to start the blog. Welcome followers! Obviously is my first experience writing a blog, so I will try my best. When people talk about Mexico, most of us think about Cancun, Acapulco, Rivera Maya… but Mexico is something else aside of touristic places, not […]

July 11

One week in Dynamo and I feel like at home

I had the chance to meet all the staff and everyone is really warm….also the ghost of the owner of the Villa where I am sleeping welcome me….7 am in the morning: the TV in the room beside mine switched on and nobody were there…something curious!! Francesca from HR explained to me the structure of […]