Author Archives: Amanda Nowakowski

January 13

The End

   I have to share my final Stop Hunger Now meal packaging total because I am so proud: Amanda’s Grand Total = 888,000 meals packaged in 17 Stop Hunger Now events while on my assignment.  Wahoo!!!  That total is actually across three different countries (Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines) within six months.  I am so proud […]

November 28

Thankful on Thursday

I made my return flight home from Kuala Lumpur a few weeks ago.  Seems crazy that these six months on assignment are nearing an end, it went so fast!  I remember thinking the application process for PULSE felt like forever.  I return to the U.S. on December 15th, earlier than I expected.  My NGO supervisor, […]

October 30

One Starfish at a Time

          My supervisor at Stop Hunger Now Asia, Tiki Keh, always starts off each meal packaging event the same way, asking volunteers if they know how many people in this world suffer from hunger.  Do you know?  Well out of the approximate seven billion people on this earth, an astounding one billion of those people […]

October 24

World Traveler

Busy, busy, busy!  I recently returned from another work trip to the Philippines.  This past trip was one week, a little longer than the last, because Stop Hunger Now Asia had two events there the first week of October.  October is WHAM, World Hunger Awareness Month, so we literally have meal packaging events every weekend […]

September 24

Bali Love

Sorry for the delay since my last blog post.  I just returned from a much needed vacation, or “holiday” as they call it here in Malaysia.  I met my younger sister Ashley in amazing Bali, Indonesia!  It was the first time there for both of us, but hopefully not our last.  For me it was only […]

August 20

New Adventures

I have been so busy with work!  Last weekend we had a very successful meal packaging event in the Philippines.  The event was with the U.S. Peace Corps and the Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission (LASAC).   With the two organizations working together they raised enough funds to package a little over 30,000 meals with Stop Hunger Now!  […]

August 07

The Little Things

The obvious things like family, friends, work colleagues and my dogs are missed more than anything.  It’s the little things that I miss too, like taking hot showers without hitting a 20A power switch.  This little switch is so annoying!  You have to turn it on approximately 15 minutes before your shower to get hot water.  It […]

July 25

Settling In Nicely

The past two weeks here in Malaysia have been a whirlwind! I’ve been working constantly, even weekends because Saturdays are usually the event days. The first weekend I was in Penang, Malaysia for a Georgetown Rotary International event. We packaged 100,000 meals to go to local orphanages in Malaysia. There were young children and elderly […]

July 10

I’m Finally Here!

After 23 hours of traveling halfway around the world, I finally arrived in Malaysia! Wahoo! I left at 10:55 am from Dulles airport in Washington D.C. on Monday, July 8th, made one stop in Dubai, and then arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 11 pm last night (July 9th). I can’t lie, the long flights […]

June 13

The Beginning

So this is my first blog post EVER!  As many of you already know, I am leaving for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 8th as part of GlaxoSmithKline’s PULSE Volunteer Partnership Program.  PULSE is a skills-based volunteer initiative, with a focus on contributing professional skills to solve healthcare problems, both at home and abroad.  I […]