Category Archives: Regions

PULSE Partners are located around the world.

June 26

First day working as a volunteer

How can I summarize this first work day at Live Well, Lusaka (Zambia)? AMAZING…. Yes, it might be the good word! The best induction day ever maybe?! We started directly our first day by attending the weekly staff meeting. We brought some chocolates and biscuits from home to share. People were so lovely, always with a great […]

June 25


Taking it in…

June 24

Philly to the Philippines

I feel like I should introduce myself…. My name is Danielle Branch and I’m not a blogger. You’ve been warned:) Please note the following may occur: rambling and internal conversations random thoughts and opinions occasional bad grammar and misspelled words sarcasm and humor  I want this blog to be 100% authentic Danielle, which isn’t perfect. […]

June 23

Time to go!

Today is the big day… ! Time to fly to Zambia! I feel excited and full of energy… and moreover, not alone… I will join my future co-volunteer from GSK Montrose and we feel already so much connected, that is the BEAUTY of GSK network across the world! We received our planning for the next […]

June 21

New adventure awaits – see you later Britain!

This is my first attempt at writing a blog so I’ll try to keep it short. I find this surreal that in less than 24 hours I will be in a continent I have never visited before, to start a 6 month journey in the unknown. ‘If you want something you’ve never had, you must […]

June 20

Time is the greatest gift

GSK PULSE volunteer partnership* seemed like a distant dream for me although this idea was planted years ago. “There will never be a best timing for PULSE.  Every year we will always have different priorities. You just go ahead and chase your dream and we will support you!”  This was the conversation I had between […]

June 19

A single raindrop….

As I have been preparing to go on a 6 month GSK Volunteer assignment in Rwanda called “PULSE” strangely enough I began to think of myself as a raindrop. A single raindrop doesn’t matter much but it can evoke strong emotions: anticipation of a cooling rain, disappointment that the rain is coming and might ruin […]

bags packed June 17

A New Chapter

Preparing for the Philippines

June 16

One week before flying to Zambia

In one week time, I will be in the plane flying to Lusaka, in Zambia to join Care International team for the Live Well programme. Over the last weeks, I went through a large amount of emotions… but I must say that today, I am pretty excited and I really look forward to meeting the […]

June 16

…The imagination brings you everywhere…

The story of my adventure started last December when I read the mail from Communication about PULSE program. I didn’t know anything about it but what I thought was: “that’s my chance….that’s my time”!! I started to gather some information asking loccaly to Communication, globally to PULSE team and searching for someone else in my […]

June 16

1st Week has flown by!

I learnt such a lot, how Save the Children was founded by Eglantyne Jebb arrested for distributing leaflets in Trafalgar Square. They bore shocking images of children affected by famine in Europe, and the headline: ‘Our Blockade has caused this – millions of children are starving to death’. When Jebb was tried for her protest […]

June 13

Next week in Africa

One week from today I will actually be in Africa.  The time has gone so quickly since I applied in December.  I feel prepared and somewhat organized but it has tested all of my multitasking expertise to get here.  Now to pack– where do you start to choose a wardrobe for 6 months in a […]

June 13

Life Pre-PULSE & Post PULSE

As some of you know, last July I went on a PULSE assignment at The Food Trust working on Get Hype Philly! which is a citywide initiative promoting positive youth development in Philly and empowers youth as leaders to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. This volunteer experience became a point in my life […]

June 05

‘It’s in your hands to make a difference’ – Nelson Mandela

I begin this first blog with thoughts of the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ outside Johannesburg (Maropeng), South Africa. In the native language of Setswana, the name means ‘returning to the place of origin’ and this is where I first learned about Africa and one the most genetically diverse people on Earth.  Africa has 3000 distinct ethnic groups, and […]

June 02

Nearly There!

I am dipping my toe in the water here trying to write my first ever Blog! I’d really like to use this forum to let people know about all of the interesting experiences I will have in Swaziland.  I have learned a lot already about Africa and the CHAI project I will be part of […]