Category Archives: Europe

July 19

An unlikely business trip

Beautiful scenery, my campervan, a fringe theatre trip …. That’ll be in my free time, right? No! This was all in the name of work … a super cool, and rather unlikely, 24h road trip in support of my Save the Children Centenary assignment. Dial back to my first week at SCI, Jack (my NGO supervisor) […]

July 12

Tomorrow (the sun will come out)

    My second week on PULSE ended with a very ‘proud Mum moment’; seeing my children happy and confident performing in their school production of ‘Annie’.   Six months of singing and dancing practise in the living room have now sadly come to an end. It is my daughter’s last term before Upper School, and […]

July 10

WE GOT YOU! ( Our NGO: Leonard Cheshire Disability )

I had to blog this, we dont get these coincidences very often, especially not a conincidence of the same mission! Mission to #BeChanged #BeTheChange #MakeTheChange Finally the two ( YES, 2 ) Adrienn _ have re-united in Nairobi, and not only our first names are 99% similar but we are both matched to the same NGO, in Nairobi, only in different branches. How ironic […]

July 06

Part 2: Why Am I Here?

Some thoughts after the first week! Quleques reflexions au bout de la première semaine! After 2 weeks vacation sailing between Corsica and Sardinia, I was ready to start my PULSE Assignment, full of energy and impatient…Of course it was a big contrast, jumping from the middle of the sea to IFRC in Geneva! Après 2 semaines […]

July 03

1. You are amazing

It was Day 1 of training for a group of volunteers brought together for the PULSE programme, run by GSK.  We had come from different technical backgrounds, different countries and different cultures, and had only one thing in common.  We had all raised our hands to participate in helping our communities without knowing who we […]

June 29

AMR 101

In 2015, at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, a massive political commitment was made towards tackling one of the greatest health challenges that few had heard of or considered. Antimicrobial resistance has since risen to the top of the Global Health policy agenda, as international public health institutions, governments, health authorities and private companies […]

June 24

A message to my younger self…and to you

‘’You can realise your dreams but it will take longer than you might expect, the path may not be easy to navigate with many twists and turns, challenges that you overcome prepare you for the future’’ I remember being in my school library aged 12 proudly wearing a digital watch, talking to a classmate about how […]

June 22

The girl on the train …

“Save the Children is often told that its aims are impossible – that there has always been child suffering and there always will be. We know. It’s impossible only if we make it so. It’s impossible only if we refuse to attempt it.” Eglantyne Jebb, Founder, Save the Children From a girl on the train […]

June 16

A new path

  “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”  – Margaret Mead, The World Ahead This month, I’m delighted to be joining PATH, a Seattle-based NGO which works towards developing solutions to global health challenges by engaging public and private partners worldwide. PATH drives innovation based […]

June 14

To bare or not to bear

To bare – uncover and expose it to view ~~~  To bear – support; carry the weight of Change yourself, change communities, change GSK – that is the 3-fold mission of PULSE. I can’t quite believe my PULSE adventure begins for real in just a few days time! As the waiting game comes to an […]

June 13

Part 1 : When I met the PULSE family in London!

Few weeks after the confirmation of being a 2018 Pulse Volunteer it was scheduled to attend a PULSE Orientation Training at GSK House in London on MAY 15-17! Quelques semaines après la confirmation d’être une bénévole de Pulse 2018, il était prévu de suivre une formation d’orientation PULSE à la GSK House de Londres les […]

June 06

Preface: When did my PULSE journey begin?

The adventure started when I receipt the mail of GSK News on 30 November 2017. After reading information on Pulse Volunteer Partnership it has been like an evidence! I sent immediately an email to Nienke Mulder as indicated to obtain more information. A few days later, I did inform my line manager about my interest […]

May 24

The marshmallow-balancing gene

You’d be forgiven for thinking that 3 days packed with Lego, marshmallows balanced on spaghetti, silly photo props and a whole lot of dancing (my two small boys think mummy has THE BEST JOB EVER!) couldn’t also be a tear-jerker. But I can honestly say that in all my (ahem!) ‘many’ years of attending training […]

May 21

Forces of Nature

Yesterday I mowed the lawn – it took me almost 5h (I do have a rather large garden, and there was an awful lot of strimming to be done as well). I only did it last week … how does the green stuff grow sooo quickly I wondered? I asked my 13-year old daughter, and she […]

February 02

Making the humanitarian fibre resonate

Thanks to GSK Global Pulse Volunteer program, I could discover and grow a new piece of myself. The journey started with the application process. An idea that was buried deep inside to me pushed me to make the step and apply. It triggered quite a lot of very interesting discussions in the family and finally […]