Author Archives: juliewillecomme

December 10

South Africa – Trip 2 – Week 5 [last week :( ]

So this is it… my last week in Munsieville… I have been ‘theoretically’ dreading it for weeks but now it’s real it feels really weird… This isn’t just the end of my trip to South Africa; it is also very nearly the end of my Pulse assignment.  6 months is a long time… but it […]

December 02

South Africa – Trip 2 – Tshepo festival 2014 (28Nov)

For the past few weeks, everyone had been living and breathing Tshepo festival, to do lists a kilometre long (or a 0.6 of a mile if you speak imperial units… 🙂 ), ground plans, security plans, program, shopping, party packs packing, loud hailing, and many other activities…. and finally… today was the day!!! Yay! I got […]

December 01

South Africa – Trip 2 – Week 4

When I got to the ‘office’ on Monday morning, there was a big tent set up in the Children’s Embassy courtyard… I have to say I didn’t know that an event was planned so it was a bit of a surprise 🙂 The event was the start of a week of self-defence awareness sessions and classes […]

November 25

South Africa – Trip 2 – Week 3

South Africa – Trip 2 – Week 3 End of week 3 in Munsieville, seriously, where does time go??? I’ve only got 2 weeks left and it feels like I’ve only been there 3 days… So what’s been happening this week…? Well I’ve been stood up [again] by the students I was hoping to test […]

November 18

South Africa – Trip 2 – Le weekend [14-16 Nov]

Everyone loves Friday… Yay! And Fridays in Munsieville are fun, because there is often some sport activity organised in the afternoon. Well, that was the plan until a meeting supposed to finish early ran over and only finished at 15.30… So instead we played a few games outside the embassy before making a beeline for […]

November 17

South Africa – Trip 2 – Week 1&2

I can’t believe this is already my second week in Munsieville… when I booked my flights I thought that 5 weeks was a long time but it isn’t really… not when you’re doing something like this! It was weird landing in OR Tambo last week and driving over to Krugersdorp… When I got there I was […]

November 04

Qui suis-je? Où vais-je? Dans quelle étagère? [Dans quel état j’erre?]

A bit of a French ‘inside’ joke to start… Unfortunately, I am not sure how to translate this properly so I shall leave it there… I have been writing all my posts in English so it felt like it was time for a bit of French… 😉 Where have I been, you might have been […]

September 19

Johannesburg – London Heathrow – London Gatwick – Chateau d’Olonne (via Nantes)

When my Mum and my sister asked me whether I wanted to repeat our family ‘girly’ holiday experience… I obviously said yes! We went to Le Rouret in Ardeche in September last year and it was lo-ve-ly!!!! Little did I know that my sister, who takes about 4 weeks holiday in the summer (yes, she […]

September 01

South Africa – Trip 1 – Day 11 & 12

South Africa – Trip 1 – Day 11 Another ‘training session’ with the team at the Sterkfontein lodge… This time, we covered self-awareness and style preference with a quick description of the circle of influence model and why it is useful. I knew that this one would be more of a challenge… and it was, […]

September 01

South Africa – Trip 1 – Day 8, 9 & 10

South Africa – Trip 1 – Day 8 I have only just noticed that the team, before they get to work in the morning, sing and pray and recite the Thoughtful Path mission statement. I’m not sure how I managed to miss it last week but I have to say this is quite an inspirational […]

August 25

South Africa – Trip 1 – Day 6 & 7

My first weekend in South Africa and an opportunity to experience the stunning scenery of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and the beautiful Shepherds Tree Game Lodge. To get there, a 2.5 hours drive on rather poorly maintained roads but it was worth it!!! I left Krugersdorp at 10am on Saturday morning and got to the […]

August 24

South Africa – Trip 1 – Day 4 & 5

South Africa – Trip 1 – Day 4 Focus, focus, focus…. after a couple of days of getting involved with ‘non-project related’ activities (but very worthy activities nonetheless!!!), I have finally presented my vision for the project to the entire team, who was gathered around my laptop to have a look at my colourful Power […]

August 20

South Africa – Trip 1 – Day 1-3

South Africa – Trip 1 – Day 1 The real adventure has begun!!! I have landed in Johannesburg this morning after 11 hours on a plane… I have to say that considering I don’t love flying, it was a good flight – nearly no turbulence and a super smooth landing – well done Captain!! But […]

August 12

D-Day (-) 6

In 6 days, Monday 9.20am to be precise…., I shall be landing in South Africa – literally and figuratively… 🙂  – for the very first time [why am I humming a very famous Madonna song… I do not know!!!] Am I excited? – Of course I am… What a silly question!!!! (You should know this […]

July 15

A [potentially] revealing survey

Last week I have focused my efforts on extracting key messages out of a ‘Community Assessment’ survey that was performed in Munsieville in April this year. Paul and Anette hadn’t had the time to look at it and I offered my Excel services to help them out. I didn’t just do it ‘because I could’ […]