Author Archives: moniquejg11

January 06

The gift I got for Christmas

The challenge my mentor gave me when stepping into this wonderful adventure was to explore my thoughts and feelings openly, and use the blog to help open up emotionally, as I can be a little guarded. As the 6 months time has passed I have realised how much I have enjoyed doing this, much more […]

December 01

You get by with a little help from your friends

“What would you do if I sang out of tune, would you stand up and walk out on me? Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song, and I’ll try not to sing out of key” 1. You get by with a little help from your friends This opening line and title of […]

October 28

If you can make a difference, you should

#Ivolunteer because if you can make a difference, you should. We had a great day in Zambia at Leonard Cheshire the other week. The day was a hot one, and not for the first time I marvelled at the Zambians resilience and poise as we waited in the scorching sun for proceedings to start. We […]

September 23

When I met Rose

I would love to share a story of an encounter I had with an amazing individual I had the privilege of meeting when conducting the audio assessment day at Kasenje Primary School. Rose was a little nine year old girl who was visually impaired and quite clearly shaken by the noise and kerfuffle of the […]

August 24

Go Slow to Go Fast

  It has been an interesting couple of weeks in Zambia. We have faced the election of a new president. This has proved to have some noteworthy times, as there is conflict between the two parties and accusations of rigging etc. I followed the strong advice I was given from reliable sources to stay indoors […]

August 02

“The most important things are the hardest things to say”

I am a big fan of quotes, as I am sure the thoughts or feelings I am having have been had before and that someone else has a much more eloquent way of capturing what is cursing through my brain. “The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you […]

July 26

So Much Less…Yet So Much More

2 weeks into life in Zambia, and I feel I can write with a better picture dear reader of what this assignment is all about. Had I attempted to update you in week 1, I fear it would have been a fairly shallow review of My battle with spiders trying to share the toilet paper […]

July 05


I am by nature a stoic person; generally I take things in my stride. An avid fan of adventure, friends and family would cohesively say that I can happily throw caution to the wind. So as the departure date nears (ONLY 2 sleeps now!!) I have encountered many a question about being nervous about the […]

May 03

The Adventure begins….

My name is Monique George, I live in Melbourne Australia and work for GSK in the Sales Excellence Team. As I sit and type this blog, I still can not fathom the journey that is ahead of me. I have been lucky enough to be selected as a Pulse Volunteer for Leonard Cheshire Disability International, […]