Category Archives: Regions

PULSE Partners are located around the world.

September 17

WHERE IS THE $ 93k?

We, at the Financial Reporting Team in GSK Business Service Centre in Kuala Lumpur, are always reminded and guided by our Regional Operations Performance Lead – Nittan, with this statement: “The balance sheet of today, is the P&L (Profit & Loss) of tomorrow. “ Balance sheet reconciliation is one of our Key Performance Indicators every […]

September 14

The power of sharing

My second month in Tanzania seems to have flown by, mostly due to the fact I have been travelling for the last 2 weeks. The first trip was to Zanzibar, to meet up with 2 fellow PULSE volunteers, Adrianne and Adrianna both who are based in Nairobi, Kenya. Being the only PULSE volunteer in Dar, […]

September 10

Patience and Persistence

  A few weeks ago, I joined the rest of the team for the Mesoamerica Malaria Meeting in Antigua, Guatemala. It was a great chance to learn about the ongoing work in other countries, their pressing challenges, and the success stories from recent years. It was also exciting to hear the Global Malaria leadership team […]

September 05

My first month at Cruz Roja Americana. What I can learn and what GSK can learn

After a month here, I have already an idea of the people I would like to learn from. I started  to reflect on what GSK could learn too. My Red Cross supervisor, who is an amazing manager, is the first person I could learn from here: he cares for his team of volunteers a lot, […]

September 05

Twists in My Story

“And I’m longing, for words to describe how I’m feeling, I’m feeling inspired, my world just flips, turned upside down…” – A Twist in My Story by Secondhand Serenade   It’s been more than a month since I published my last story here in my blog. I was focused and really into my projects here […]

September 04

Outage Outrage!

No train driver, no wifi, no loo paper, no drinking cups… today didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts.   After an impromptu and very relaxing long weekend away (the last of the summer campervan trips probably), I was up with the dawn and raring to go; ready to catch up with what I’d missed and get back […]

September 03

The Magic in the Connection

Two months of commuting into London has conditioned me into a familiar pattern: head down or eyes closed and avoid at all costs making eye contact. If you do make eye contact, look away very quickly and pretend you were actually looking outside!  I caught myself in this subconscious habit and realised that we all […]

August 29

Coming full circle

The first time I thought about applying for PULSE was the day that Andrew Witty announced the program. At the time, I thought that it was for higher level employees — certainly such a wonderful program would not be available to the rank and file GSK employee. It wasn’t until a few years later, when a Philly colleague took […]

August 22

The Courage to Become…

Be a good girl. Smile. Don’t cry when you skin your knee. Share your toys. Go to school. Get good grades. Make plenty of friends. Stand up straight, the ugliest thing in the world is a tall girl who slouches. Be young, thin, and the socially accepted version of pretty – oh, and do that FOREVER. […]

August 22

My 1st month with CHAI in Eswatini

I’m writing for the first time a blog to share my experience in Eswatini (previously Swaziland). A couple of years ago I could not locate it on a map, now I’m living and working in Eswatini 🙂 DISCLAIMER: What is written below reflects solely my opinions and does not engage any other person or any […]

August 17

STEM in Philly!

When I was first accepted into the PULSE program, and was matched with the Philadelphia Education Fund, people asked me what I would be doing. I happily gave a nice answer, memorized from my assignment document, but I really didn’t have any idea what it would be like, and what I’d actually be doing. I’ve […]

August 17

I’m Bored

It is now midway through the school holidays.   Being so busy in my exciting PULSE role and commuting into Central London most days, my children have been left to their own devices a little more than usual (hmmm…. I realise the word devices might have a more literal meaning in 2018!). They are now at the […]

August 10

Malaria and the City of Knowledge

It’s been two weeks since I started my PULSE assignment with CHAI in Panama. Their office is in an area called City of Knowledge, right across the street from the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal. These buildings used to be part of a military base in the 20th century, but have since been transformed […]

August 09

Part 3: …and suddenly everything is accelerating!

You remember, I left you with this question: “Why am I here?  What about now, after 40 days, since the beginning, including 26 days working at the IFRC? Vous vous souvenez,  je vous avais laissé avec cette question : « pourquoi suis-je là ? » Qu’en est-il maintenant après 40 jours depuis le début, dont 26 jours de travail à la […]

August 09

Making a change

  I have now been in Tanzania for 1 month! In some ways I feel like I’ve lived here for a long time, but on the other hand, time is flying! The NGO that I am working for, Amref Health Africa, is an Africa led organization present in 9 African countries. I am working in […]