August 16

3. Why we need saving from ourselves!

On the one hand our future looks bright. It took us 200,000 years of evolution to expand the human population to 1 billion, but over the last 200 years we have multiplied it 7 times, to reach a global population of 7.2 billion.  The last 200 years of human history have witnessed some great human […]

August 14

Stepping into the Unknown, a mission to CHANGE!

On the morning of 9th July, I left my hotel room on King’s Cross and made my way to Save the Children office on St. John lane. As I made my way through the main door, I had the feeling that I was in a familiar environment, almost like GSK’s. This relaxed me and I […]

August 14

Camp of the Brave

Bator Tabor…. Camp of the Brave. The day I opened the highly anticipated email that would reveal my PULSE assignment,  I was informed that I had been matched with the SeriousFun Children’s Network, Bator Tabor in Budapest, Hungary…I then, immediately, went online…first, to check out exactly where Hungary was located (I had a general idea…meaning…I knew […]

August 10

Puerto Rico and Cruz Roja, rich in exceptional people

When you are about to leave for your PULSE project, despite you know the activities  you will carry out, you never really know what to expect until you are there. Yes when you are there…for me there is here in Puerto Rico. Seeing and meeting the people you have been in touch with before coming, […]

August 10

Malaria and the City of Knowledge

Blog #2. It’s been two weeks since I started my PULSE assignment with CHAI in Panama. Their office is in an area called City of Knowledge, right across the street from the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal. These buildings used to be part of a military base in the 20th century, but have since […]

August 10

Why I’m in Kenya

Yesterday was my one month anniversary with Cheshire Disability Services Kenya (CDSK). Where does the time go? I can’t believe I’m already 1/6 of the way through this life changing experience. Something tells me that come the end of my 6 months, it’s going to be hard to say good bye to this wonderful country […]

August 09

The Pediatric Development Clinics program (PDC)

(Version française : voir plus bas!) Photographic credit: C.J. Avila/ with permission from PIH/IMB Rwanda Let me now explain some more about my job here at Partners In Health (PIH) in Rwanda, where  I’m volunteering as a “Costing Advisor for the PDC program”: what does this mean? Let’s start by saying that PIH has many […]

August 09

Part 3: …and suddenly everything is accelerating!

You remember, I left you with this question: “Why am I here?  What about now, after 40 days, since the beginning, including 26 days working at the IFRC? Vous vous souvenez,  je vous avais laissé avec cette question : « pourquoi suis-je là ? » Qu’en est-il maintenant après 40 jours depuis le début, dont 26 jours de travail à la […]

August 09

Making a change

  I have now been in Tanzania for 1 month! In some ways I feel like I’ve lived here for a long time, but on the other hand, time is flying! The NGO that I am working for, Amref Health Africa, is an Africa led organization present in 9 African countries. I am working in […]

August 08

07:50 to Waterloo

07:50 to Waterloo When planning my holiday before my Pulse assignment I was thinking of just having a break, clearing my mind and being active. So, when I decided to walk the Camino de Santiago from Porto to Santiago I did not expect to take away so many things that now help me with my […]

August 06

East Durham Children’s Initiative

Its summer of 2018 and summer time is a big deal and super busy for the staff at the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) in Durham North Carolina.  They are responsible for running/overseeing/staffing 4 summer camps and summer lunch program open to any community member and their family. Food insecurity is a huge issue in this area of Durham North Carolina, […]

August 06

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — RECOGNIZING

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — RECOGNIZING   Today I looked back at my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment and was amazed that it was more than 4 weeks since I arrived in Eswatini. The days and weeks have been filled with many activities (doing many things) and I have been learning something every day. At […]

August 05

Time has come for my volunteering at Costa Rica!

Tomorrow I will start my volunteering project in “Fundación La Casa de los Niños” (Children´s House) in one of San Jose´s marginal sectors. I am really looking forward into this project. Is this is even real? A company promoting its employees leave the business for 3 or 6 months to help an NGO instead? I know, it seems unreal…but dreams […]

August 05

“Working alone you are badly accompanied.”

As this is my first time writing here, I thought I would start by introducing myself and giving you a few key details to help you understand a bit more of the “how” and “why” I find myself here, just starting my PULSE Volunteering journey in Cambodia. Don’t worry, I will try to be as […]

August 03

Sand from the Sahara!

It’s the expression that will forever be associated in my mind to my first field trip in Nigeria. Not because I’ve actually been in the dessert, but because in Kano, when the wind blows, grains of sand get lifted in the air. One can argue that it may not be sand from the Sahara (the […]