Category Archives: Africa

October 13

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — FOLLOWING

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — FOLLOWING In Eswatini I live in a small apartment on the edge of the developed sections of Mbabane, the administrative capital.  Behind my apartment is a mountain with huge boulders.  When I arrived in Eswatini, my neighbors told me that there were marked paths to the top where the […]

October 06

Some aspects of daily life in an African village…

(Version française : voir plus bas!)   Here are some “vignettes” that try to describe a few typical aspects of the basic everyday life in an African village. I also wanted to highlight a few important differences between the way things are handled by more affluent Africans or by expatriates like me on the one […]

September 27

You can learn to surf…

Life in Liberia So I’m three months in and only just making the time to write again. It feels like it has gone so quick and yet day 1 feels like a lifetime ago. My team at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) sits in the Ministry of Health (MoH) building, which is outside […]

September 27

Entering the world of disability… Changing Attitudes

It was looking my first official day at Lusaka and  I was very excited to join the office but got info that there will be two days holidays. So, I have started my journey with Holidays. However, it was quite relaxing. Finally, the day came for my official joining and my Induction started. My Supervisor […]

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 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 […]

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

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 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 […]

August 06

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — RECOGNIZING

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — RECOGNIZING   Today I looked back at my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment and was amazed that it was more than 4 weeks since I arrived in Eswatini. The days and weeks have been filled with many activities (doing many things) and I have been learning something every day. At […]

August 03

Sand from the Sahara!

It’s the expression that will forever be associated in my mind to my first field trip in Nigeria. Not because I’ve actually been in the dessert, but because in Kano, when the wind blows, grains of sand get lifted in the air. One can argue that it may not be sand from the Sahara (the […]

August 01

Refreshing memories of recent past

Friends, This is my second blog and here, I wish to share few of my personal experiences before moving to Zambia (My assignment country). The most amazing experience, which I can never forget, was the orientation program at London. It was looking like a dream coming true. This program was not just a program but […]

July 26

Meeting Collegues in GSK Nairobi

Isn’t it a lovely and amazing day having met our collegues here in Nairobi . It all happened, thanks to Elizabeth Msafiri ( Security lead Kenya & East Afrika) and Bernard Matheka. Before we head to the office, Elizabeth & Bernard inspected our apartments to ensure that we are living in a safe & secured environment so we […]

July 25

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — ANTICIPATING

This picture of the jet bridge at the beginning of my voyage shows the basis for some of my learning while ANTICIPATING my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment in Eswatini.  Just like me, all of us on this jet bridge had done some preparing before entering the jet bridge.  As we were moving through the jet […]