Category Archives: Change Communities

November 16

Do Good, Feel Better

Many moments to share with you! The leaves of Barretstown Castle show the time that has passed since I arrived. Lovely months that have taught me that nothing should be taken for granted, that you can help colleagues in many ways and that you always have to be grateful. August 2019 vs November 2019 (as […]

November 14

And just like that, November is here | Y en un abrir y cerrar, llegó Noviembre.

A journey of values and self growth. Un recorrido de valores y crecimiento personal

September 01

Talk about commitment…

Upon arrival to Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines, captured by infinite fields of sugar cane embedded by banana trees and dramatic skies, I felt peace. The captivating landscape took me back to Panama and on the bus, while listening to Ruben Blades, I reflected on all I have learned and grown while volunteering for Smile Train […]

August 27

Chasing Dreams… My Journey to Nigeria.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank GSK, PULSE, GCSD, colleagues, family, and friends who supported me during the past year. It’s because of your support, generosity, and kindness that I was able to make this life-changing opportunity a reality, and volunteer with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Nigeria. Early January 2019, when […]

August 06

Cali2Philly: My Favorite Day

Rewind to a few weeks ago… As I sit here down the shore (New Jersey, I’m a local now) escaping the triple digit extra high humidity of Philly, my friends are asking about the latest group of photos I posted. I got the biggest smile on my face because this day brought me so much […]

August 06

July: Sustainable Development Goals || Julio: Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible

Every month, in Casa de los Niños, a value of the month is put at the center and heart of everything being done. The objective is for the children and adolescent to be able to be in contact with specific topics that outside of these walls seem un-existing, but, that will build them into better […]

July 19

Cali2Phily: My intro to food deserts…

This concept was one I wasn’t familiar with until I moved to Philadelphia to start my assignment. Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy […]

July 11

Tirrases: About Poverty & Hope | Sobre Pobreza y Esperanza

Just a few weeks ago I remember talking with friends at GSK and my family about my Pulse assignment and working in Tirrases. I remember how their faces filled with concern about the district I was coming to. I could see in their faces all the words that they use to describe this community. And […]

July 04

My Volunteeting Journey

By Zina BARRADA – Communication for Child Protection Associate @ UNICEF Ivory Coast Who am I? My name is Zina and I am Global Trade/Tender Capability Lead at GSK. I am as well GSK Job Plus Coach and Mindfulness Trainer. So, my complete job title can include ‘Mindful Facilitator Job Plus Coach’, and I like […]

January 09

Talk to the wall

This is the third and last in my mini-series of blogs about children in conflict, looking at the immediate and longer term impact of conflict on children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. If you haven’t already, do read my earlier blogs about the situation facing children in Yemen and in Myanmar. **** Mornings in my […]

November 12

Lest we forget

….. For your tomorrow, we gave our today ….. Six reflections on what Remembrance means to me, in this 100th Year since the Declaration of Armistice in November 1918. For their yesterday … Lest we forget – Yesterday I felt immensely proud to wear my Scout Leader uniform and be a part of the Remembrance Parade in […]

November 12

Experience the journey from Exclusion to Inclusion

Hello friends, In my current blog, I am starting from where I left in previous blog. Yes, it is about ‘Inclusive Education’. One of my assignment objective was to assist the Project team for a successful launch of this Project. It was a great learning for me to get insights of project management and about […]

November 08

Global Procurement Newsletter Article

Life in Tanzania I have now been in Tanzania for 3 months – time is really flying here. As a reminder, I am working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian working at the country office for Amref Health Africa. This office is responsible for implementing the projects that have been funded by donors (like GSK). My […]

October 29

Where Do We Begin?

I’ve been busy at my PULSE assignment, focusing on STEM education initiatives in Philadelphia, and it’s going great! I’ve learned a lot, taking part in as many workshops, meetings, and volunteering projects as I can; helping educators through professional development workshops; leading our initiative to recruit, train, and schedule STEM Speakers to present to students […]

October 25

Lo que se aprende se desaprende

Siguiendo el mismo formato que en mi primer blog… primero la versión española-mexicana. And the English version in blue! Hope you enjoy! (See below) ¡Ya han pasado cuatro meses! Han sido tan intensos y durante este tramo central de mi PULSE han pasado tantas cosas que no sé por dónde empezar. Después de la adaptación […]