Category Archives: Latin America

August 06

July: Sustainable Development Goals || Julio: Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible

Every month, in Casa de los Niños, a value of the month is put at the center and heart of everything being done. The objective is for the children and adolescent to be able to be in contact with specific topics that outside of these walls seem un-existing, but, that will build them into better […]

July 11

Tirrases: About Poverty & Hope | Sobre Pobreza y Esperanza

Just a few weeks ago I remember talking with friends at GSK and my family about my Pulse assignment and working in Tirrases. I remember how their faces filled with concern about the district I was coming to. I could see in their faces all the words that they use to describe this community. And […]

June 06

Getting Ready…

About the journey to get ready for my Pulse Assigment…

February 13

Back at GSK – a new start

Finally, I am back at GSK, I started working last week on 4th February immediately after my return, as I felt that was the best way for me.  I used the past week to readapt to the weather and my daily routine in Siena. The most difficult part was managing the emotions, I was happy to […]

January 08

Dear Future PULSE Volunteers

It’s been 162 days since I started my PULSE journey. What have I learned? As my assignment is coming to an end, here are my top 5 tips for those who applied or are thinking about applying to the 2019 cycle. 1. Be adaptable: have an open mind. You will be new to the work pace and […]

December 04

What we ultimately work for at GSK!

Let me start by directly introducing you to this unassuming “grey box”! It is a GeneXpert device located at the Stephen Robert and Pilar Crespi Robert Regional Reference Laboratory in Mirebalais, Haiti where I have spent the past five months on my PULSE assignment. I had already been aware about the GeneXpert technology for HIV […]

November 21

Puerto Rico se levanta – About Hurricane Maria

On 20th September 2017 Puerto Rico kept its breath while the hurricane was hammering the island. Fear, anxiety, anger, hope, faith, all mixed up for all the Portoricans, the time stopped in a big Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean, and it was particularly strong here in Puerto Rico. It was a category 5 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson […]

November 21

Halfway trough, feeling more confident

The end of my second month of PULSE assignment and the third one were not easy, I found myself a bit in the middle of small internal changes which impacted somehow my assignment as well. The main challenge was to find a correct way to help the American Red Cross of Puerto Rico to understand more the spirit […]

October 25

Lo que se aprende se desaprende

Siguiendo el mismo formato que en mi primer blog… primero la versión española-mexicana. And the English version in blue! Hope you enjoy! (See below) ¡Ya han pasado cuatro meses! Han sido tan intensos y durante este tramo central de mi PULSE han pasado tantas cosas que no sé por dónde empezar. Después de la adaptación […]

October 17

Camouflage Uniforms

2 pm on a rainy Thursday, I sit in a room surrounded by boxes of latex gloves, red sharps disposal containers, and a group of men and women in camouflage uniforms. I am at the National Borders Service central base camp, where I have the chance to support the Ministry of Health in a three-day […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]