July 24

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Africa Bound!

As the title reads, I am leaving for Africa! Today was my last day in the office before I fly out on August 3rd to Lusaka, Zambia. The response I get from most people is, “you are off on another adventure.” Yes, indeed!

The number one question I have been asked is whether I am nervous and so far I can say, “not yet.” I am sure the nervousness will hit me once I step off the plane in an unknown place. I believe being immersed in work, packing, and saying goodbyes has helped to take my mind off the emotions of leaving. I have officially closed out everything at my site and will open up to a whole new world in less than 2 weeks. I am beyond excited for this new experience to grow professionally and in my personal life.

For those that are not clear on why I am moving to Africa for 6 months, I will briefly share. The PULSE program is through GSK that sends out employees internationally or locally for 3-6 months to work for non-profits. I will be working in Zambia with Leonard Cheshire Disability International as the Systems Operations Volunteer. I look forward to sharing more about the work I will be doing there.

All of this would not have been possible without the support I have received from my GSK site, Zebulon. The support from management to my colleagues is just the encouragement I need to go out and do well and represent GSK, my site, and the PULSE program. This Wednesday, the site threw me a farewell reception with cake, cards and many well wishes. Thank you to everyone at GSK Zebulon that has made this possible!

Also, a huge “thank you” to my family and friends that have been supportive and made my last weeks in America one to remember.

Thank you for taking time to read and coming along on this journey with me!

Look for my next post…in Africa!

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