Category Archives: Africa

January 09

One Point Five Billion Inches

The circumference of the Earth is 1.5 billion inches. So, let’s get started ridding around our Big Rock – the spaceship Earth. Starting point was Abuja which is easily 252.283.465 inches away from my beloved family in Germany. By the end of my assignment I traveled through all this distance and eventually reunited with them. […]

January 09

Life surprise: meeting an ex-GSK Pulse volunteer on my last volunteering day!

How can life surprise us? I am ending my volunteering experience by spending these last days in GSK Johannesburg before flying back home…. and in the open space, next to me, is sitting an ex-GSK Pulse volunteer! The chemistry was immediately there when we introduced each other! As usual, Africans are so friendly in this […]

January 04

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 10: work summary

In finishing my assignment, I wanted to try to sum up the work I’ve been doing with Live Well. My assignment was complicated by GSK co-funding the business, and at times I was caught between ‘doing what GSK wanted’ and ‘doing what Live Well wanted’ which sometimes didn’t quite match up. I hope I managed […]

January 02

C’est en revenant à un endroit où rien n’a bougé qu’on réalise le mieux à quel point on a changé.” “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” Nelson Mandela

I came back in France. It is a pleasure to be with my family during this Christmas period, but It’s a shock to come back during this period, the contrast is too difficult to support: Gift, light’s, food’s and decoration’s protuberance. I am not comfortable, I realize how much I have changed. I was thinking […]

December 21

Bringing water to communities…..

Hello readers. I thought I’d try and finish the 2nd part of my Kajiado ARP graduation blog before starting my Christmas vacation. This piece is about the Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) project. Where people don’t have access to clean water, life can be very harsh indeed. Although I’d experienced fairly basic conditions living in […]

December 21

Last moments in Africa & getting ready for 2018 ?

This week, I was part of the last sales challenge with the team! We suffered from the heavy heat to go door-to-door to each shop in the compounds, trying to push key products! This time, we carried with us a lot of promotional materials on GSK Aquafresh toothpaste to support shops selling this product to […]

December 17

Is This a Test?

The end of the year is a good time for reflection and New Year’s resolutions, a time of giving and receiving.  During my stay here in East Africa, I have often thought of the challenges I was facing, mainly having to do with the lack of modern convenience or unfamiliar concerns (e.g. bats, snakes and […]

December 15

Where the Heart Is – Home is…

…where the people you care about are; where you desire to be; feel the warmth and safety of the walls surrounding you; comfort and fellow feeling between you and your friends and family. This is, in a way, your condensed world. Abuja was this kind of home for me in the last months… Like always everything […]

December 13

Interview with Emily

I thought it was about time to share with you all, more details about Partners In Heath, the organisation I am volunteering with, here in Malawi and what better way than to talk to the Chief Medical Officer, Emily Wroe at Partners in Health (PIH), Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) A quote from Paul Farmer co-founder of […]

December 13

Bye Bye

It’s sixth months since I arrived in Vietnam,  nervous about what to expect, and as I am near of my PULSE assignment, I can say it’s been one of the best experiences I have ever had.  From stepping over chickens on my commute and never knowing what food I will be asked to try, to […]

December 10

The countryside around Antananarivo(part II, National Park & primary forest)

During a WE, while visiting the Andasibe park, we were very happy to see for the first time in my life different species of wild lemurs in the forest, but this is still much more funny and surprising to hear the voice of the Indri Indri lemurs which are leaving in groups of 8-12 individuals and their […]

December 07

Enjoying the last weeks of volunteering in Zambia

WOW… It is December, already? I can’t believe it… Time flies…But paradoxically, I have also witnessed time going through every single second as well as long moments of patience! Both professionally and personally, I am making the best of every single minute in this marvelous country of Zambia and enjoying it as much as I […]

November 28

The countryside around Antananarivo (part 1 : rural villages)

If I want to go out of Tana city, I leave for a full WE at around 80-100 km from the capital (for ex in a National Park) or I go for walking one full day with a travel agency to discover villages and hills in the countryside.  Both solutions are giving me fresh air […]

November 27

Carol’s story…..

Some stories that move you ….. There are some stories that move you and you want to share and raise awareness …….this is one such story with a happy ending – this is Carol’s story …. I was privileged to be invited to Amref’s fund raising golf tournament last Friday, ‘The Fistula Golf Challenge’ at […]

November 25

A wonderful day at Usuma Lake

Since the beginning of the Pulse Assignment we decided to visit the Usuma site. This day is come! The first thing we had to do is to find 2 drivers who agree to take us there and bring us back.We decided to use James, the driver who pick up every day the volunteers who works […]