Category Archives: Change Yourself

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 30

What I can share about the people I’ve met

One of my task in Smile Train is to write about patients stories , so that more people will know more about cleft lip and palate and how’s that impacting to the patient life, the families and the communities. I found this job really interesting because it enables me to meet with so many different […]

August 26

Magic exists, and it happens here, in Barretstown/ La magia existe y ocurre aquí, en Barretstown

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 […]

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 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 […]

May 10

My Journey to Sierra Leone, West Africa and to Belonging

There’s a difference between…  Like and love Satisfied and full Happiness and joyfulness  Understanding and being understood  Being tolerated and being appreciated  Being welcomed and being wanted  Being there and belonging there  After over 6-months living and working in Sierra Leone, I came to know these differences well. In Krio, the most widely spoken language […]

January 29

N.R.G.

As I stood at the copier in Save the Children International’s London Office during my last week, I noticed this little packet on the store cupboard shelf labelled ‘NRG-5’. It was a reminder that staff at Save the Children are always ready and poised to help children in need at the time of a global humanitarian crisis. […]

January 08

Dear Future PULSE Volunteers

It’s been 162 days since I started my PULSE journey. What have I learned? As my assignment is coming to an end, here are my top 5 tips for those who applied or are thinking about applying to the 2019 cycle. 1. Be adaptable: have an open mind. You will be new to the work pace and […]

December 12

PAB#3: Family is LOVE

Living alone in an unfamiliar environment is tough and having a good support system is very helpful. During our PULSE volunteer orientation, we were told that we will experience all the phases of change curve and though I have conditioned myself, dealing with it in actual proved to be challenging. Thank you to the technology […]

November 28

Decisions, Decisions

Like a kid in a sweet shop, it sometimes doesn’t do to have too many choices put in front of you.   Work and life frequently offer an abundance of great ideas or it might be that there are just too many things to try and get done all at once – so you will have […]

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 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 30

Foggy Adventures

“As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his programme”      Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When GSK launched the PULSE programme 10 years ago I knew it was for me. The opportunity to make a difference, in the heart of a community serving some of the […]

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 […]