July 09

DOING and LEARNING in eSwatini — PRACTICING

The creation of the “DOING and LEARNING in eSwatini” blog was inspired by my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment to work in eSwatini (former Swaziland).  This blog allows me to share some of the actions (DOING) and some of the resulting insights (LEARNING) from this PULSE assignment.  This first entry provided an opportunity of PRACTICING the process of blogging and of PRACTICING the process of reflection needed to have insight from the actions.

In this blog I hope to share some of the actions in which I have been engaged: Perhaps physically wrestling 49.5-pound bags off a baggage carousel, or Perhaps actively listening to co-workers. I will identify some of the resulting learnings: More as insights about myself and others, and Less as learning new skills and abilities (I may also share those, too).  The blog entries will not appear on any preplanned schedule and will not always be timely.

The context for the “DOING and LEARNING in eSwatini” blog is my six-month assignment with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) in Mbabane, eSwatini. I will join the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) project team to assist with the analysis of cost data and with the use of statistical software tools.  My assignment with the PrEP project team occurred at the junction on three threads of activities.

  • My explorations of opportunities to apply my skills and abilities outside the normal GSK business environment
  • The GSK PULSE volunteer program, which matches selected candidates to assignments with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) projects
  • Assignment proposals from a select group of NGOs

PRACTICING with this blog entry has reminded me again of why I applied to the GSK PULSE program: as an opportunity for me to make a difference for others, while I gain experience and awareness of my potential in a new setting.  The confidence from this PRACTICING also helps in PREPARING for what may come next.

Key words: PRACTICING DOING LEARNING GSK PULSE PULSE2018 CHAI eSwatini Swaziland PrEP