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Chapter 2. “This is Africa and also…..THIS IS AFRICA (TIA)”

I´d like to keep talking to you about my experience in Ghana, I thought it could be useful to have something that could come with us during all the story, like a nexus….one sentence for each chapter, doesn’t  looks bad…. In the first post, I spoke about the expression “do not cross the bridge till […]

Lusaka: my first month

      (Kind of) Brief Introduction For those who don’t know, I will be in Zambia for 6 months as a GSK Pulse Volunteer. Pulse is a GSK’s skills-based volunteering initiative: through Pulse motivated employees are matched to a non-profit organisation where their skills are needed to help solving healthcare challenges.  This year, all Pulse […]

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Time of Our Lives

I am more than half way through my PULSE assignment and I was allowed and encouraged to take time off. Federica (the PULSE volunteer from Italy) and I decided to travel around Uganda.  We were so blessed to find a kind, Christian tour guide named Alex, Great Hills Tours and Travel LTD http://greathillstoursandtravel.com/ and see […]

Rwanda’s rainy season has arrived..

Rainy season has arrived!   The rain storms are crazy, thunder and lightning but thankfully they are usually fairly short with some blue skies and sunshine in between.  Temperatures are a little cooler and Rwanda is looking lush and green. My assignment is coming together.   I’ve been working with the M&E team at Jhpiego on the […]


Last night during my evening workout I reflected while on the trend mill , two things occupied my thoughts: Proud– Proud is a GSK theme song that energizes me every time I hear it. Basically the central theme is “What have you done today to make you feel PROUD?” Change – One of the core […]

I believe the children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way … (Whitney Houston)

Yes I now just put that song in your head probably all day – #sorrynotsorry. You may have seen pictures in my blog before of her but I want you to meet Priscilla and get ready to be amazed by her just like I am! Priscilla and the #GetHypePhilly kids are leading the way to a healthier Philly. […]

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Bangkok 3.0

Last month, I was invited to GSK Consumer Healthcare Thailand to share my PULSE journey. Again, I am so proud and excited for being the 1st PULSE volunteer from GSK Consumer Healthcare SEA. I think I can be a good example for more people to apply for this program. Two popular questions from the floor; Are you still getting your salary and […]

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Svakom tow vott angkor khettasiemrab (Welcome to Angkor wat, Siem Reap, the world’s largest religious building) Who does not want vacation?…Its me…rightly so as I was in the thick of my project. We submitted the study documents to the People’s committee of Yen Bai province (my study site) and were awaiting the approval to begin […]

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PULSE Experience Has No Match , Just Take a Look

Transplantation It’s an opportunity to Think , Look , Sound and Feel different I like to describe the international PULSE volunteering experience as “Transplantation” , where you transplant your own mindset , skills and attitude to a new nurturing environment .it’s a complete immersion in new culture , sudden stop of most of old habits  […]

diwali-diyas October 18

Making life a celebration

Festivals help us in getting our life to a state of cheerfulness and enthusiasm, a state of celebration.  It is festive time of the year in India. During my first month of Pulse assignment, it was Rakhi (festival celebrating love between brother and sister).  During my last month of assignment, we are moving into mega festival […]

hand-out-1 October 18

FUND RAISING……Make the ‘ask ’

  Fund raising from individuals and small scale enterprises is not an easy task. Nobody wanted to throw their money to somebody who asks for funds. Instead the donors wanted to know how their money is going to be utilized. Moreover the act of donation is need to be cultivated among individuals and once the […]

angkor-wat-lotus-spire October 17

Seeds of Change

Innocent seeds fall softly upon an enormous abandoned temple. They settle into minute crevices of moist aging stone. The environment is perfect and before long the spung tree seeds splinter, roots sprout and tiny leaves unfurl catching strong tropical rays. Time passes and the seedlings slowly grow. Their roots spread between and through tiny fissures […]

gallant-picture October 17

The Tale of 3 Boxes

In Pulse assignments you are always thrown curve balls.  I have been told this by the Pulse team and former volunteers.  Anticipate the unexpected. This is very true.  I have had several unexpected experiences and work experiences.  All are teaching moments and I try to embrace each and everyone. So coming here I knew my […]

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Thank You GSK-Indonesia Part 2

I am addressing with this article “All PULSE volunteers”, Especially it’s the beginning of Volunteering Awareness Week As GSK PULSE volunteers , we can see the benefits the PULSE can bring to societies , volunteers and ultimately GSK . Increasing awareness about PULSE is very useful , however answering people concerns can bring more volunteers […]

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On-Off-On: Restart

It’s been 3 weeks of silence. After the traumatizing events in my family a month back, I must confess I lost a little bit of inspiration in my Kenyan adventure. But then I went home and spent time with my family and friends, and then I came back. After more than 15,000km of travel back […]