Category Archives: North America

First month in PULSE – Innovations in Healthcare

Hi everyone! My assignment is in Innovations in Healthcare, a non-profit organization based on DUKE University in Durham, NC-USA. When I applied to PULSE, I supposed I would go to a developing country, having contact with poor communities, helping them not only inside de NGO, but also with some extra activities, etc. It´s funny how we […]

Emerging from the Change Curve

Today is the 30-day mark of my PULSE assignment at the Philadelphia Education Fund. The office is located downtown near GSK’s former site. I’m very familiar with the commute and thought it would be an easy transition. My biggest hurdle has been the change in my routine. I became a bit depressed. I just didn’t […]

New shoes for new adventures

It has been almost a month since I made the journey to Save the Children…and wow does time ever fly when you’re having fun! I’ve jumped in head first and am well into tackling the different projects they have put before me. I am working on quite the array of different assignments which are enlightening […]

July 25

I’m a Privileged White Girl

I have worked in Human Resources since I graduated from college. Initially, my major was Psychology and my intention was to save the world.  But when I realized how much the world was going to pay me for doing so I opted for a corporate job – or I would be forced to endure the […]

July 12

Viva Mexico!

Welcome to Mexico! After 3 weeks I feel in a position to start the blog. Welcome followers! Obviously is my first experience writing a blog, so I will try my best. When people talk about Mexico, most of us think about Cancun, Acapulco, Rivera Maya… but Mexico is something else aside of touristic places, not […]

June 13

Life Pre-PULSE & Post PULSE

As some of you know, last July I went on a PULSE assignment at The Food Trust working on Get Hype Philly! which is a citywide initiative promoting positive youth development in Philly and empowers youth as leaders to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. This volunteer experience became a point in my life […]

June 01

Ready to go!

I am just about three weeks away from starting my PULSE assignment and I can’t wait to get started.  I will be working with the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) as Special Assistant to the CEO to develop new business models to create sustainable funding sources that will enable PEF to continue to provide educational improvement needs to Philadelphia […]

April 24

Spring is here.

In the last 3 months, people would always ask me, “How are you?” I would always find myself grappling for a reply, and more often than not, I’d say with a smile, “I’m okay.” Sometimes, it is an honest answer. Sometimes, it is an empty one. Many times, I would ask the same question to myself, […]

February 07

Turning point: Evolution!

Come back to GSK Rosia Vaccine site and hard to say goodbye to my PULSE adventure and all people met during this adventure! My farewell was an impressive and emotional moment, celebrated with all Direct Relief staff!  Most of them become my adoptive family and, honestly, a part of me is still with them at Direct […]

February 02

Toronto and CCS: First impressions

Caution: Very long blog… I tried to condense my first 25 days in this post! The Weather When I first got here, weather was always a convo starter and I totally relate why. So, you see, it deserves the top spot for this story. I was never used to talking about it back home because […]

January 29

It sounds so cliché…

As 2016 came to a close, so too did my PULSE assignment at the Canadian Cancer Society in Toronto. I feel like I should write a final blog, but where to begin? As I reflect on these past months, I want to write about my experience, but I can’t seem to find the words to […]

January 16

Going Going Back Back to Boston

Well, I’m back. My PULSE assignment has concluded, I’m back on East Coast time, and I’m back at GSK. On the flight home I was reflecting on my assignment and felt like it fit right in to the mold of the perfect story. Remember learning about Shakespeare and dramatic structure back in school? If not, […]

January 13

A very long road to Toronto

Manila is 13,206 km. away from Toronto, an 18-hour direct flight aboard the Philippine Airlines, with a 13-hour time difference and 40-degree Celsius apart. I cannot overemphasize that they are continents apart. But I’d say my journey to PULSE Day 1 has even been longer.  Since 2014, I’ve been making it known to my line manager that […]

January 05

Reflections

I trust everyone had a Merry Christmas and had the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Hopefully you are all feeling a little more rested after the break than at the beginning, I know I certainly do. Right up until December 23, I was busy at the Hospice doing everything I could to […]

December 20

Wrapping up

It’s the last day on my GSK Pulse Assignment and PATH’s low cost, low resource human milk pasteurization product, FoneAstra, is tantalizingly close to launching, with only a few final actions to be closed out by the manufacturer first.  To help facilitate this I went to Cape Town, South Africa, to visit the manufacturer Skeg […]