February 07

MEMORIES OF A LIFE TIME; A Joy Shared is a Joy Doubled.

On arrival in Nepal, I realized that a friend of mine that I had met a little over ten years ago had traveled to Kathmandu as a pilgrim. Unfortunately, he got arrested and had been in jail for a while. His family back home was restless trying to acquire information about his whereabouts and health […]

February 06

Finding Neverland

It’s here – I reached my last week in the Philippines. I can’t believe it was only 6 months ago that I arrived in Manila. Feels almost like a century ago… Time can be funny sometimes, eh? When I submitted my PULSE application, I wrote that, amongst other reasons, I wanted to do this to […]

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

Knowing is a thing and seeing is a totally different thing

We always hear about the suffering of millions of people around the globe from everyday disease, the inadequate treatment and how many people don’t have access to essential health services particularly in developing countries. But you will never figure out the real meaning of this suffering unless you could see with your own eyes the […]

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 22

Beauty for Ashes Isaiah 61:3 Part II

The Home of Love and Dreams is where I spent my spare time while I was on my PULSE assignment.  I was also able to participate in community outreach activities alongside with David, Esther and the children.  This enabled me to embed myself into the culture more and learn how Ugandans live from day to […]

January 17

180 days in Africa!

1st day: Take me back home! Last day: I don’t want to leave Tanzania! What happened in between? That is what I will try to summarize in the following lines; I learned in 180 days more than I have learned in my past 5 to 7 years may be! These days changed my life, now […]

January 17

Spirited Away

(Before you start reading this post, I invite you to open this video and leave the music on the background. Trust me, it’s a beautiful song from one of Japan’s best animations, “Spirited Away”, created by master Hayao Miyazaki.) After five months working as a GSK PULSE volunteer in the Philippines, I decided to take […]

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 11

A step towards the Sustainable Development in Madagascar

Hi everyone, It’s been a while since my last post, and actually I’ve been back in Belgium for 2 weeks. However, I had the draft of this following post and I really want to share it with you. During my assignment, I mainly worked on the strategy of partnership with the private sector in Madagascar. And, […]

January 08

Miscellaneous

Looking at these posts how volunteers are living the last moments of their missions, while I am still in the middle of my assignment. One of them it was the case of my teammate in the NCD team at PATH-Dakar when she was finalising her PDP, hand over the roles she was accountable for, and […]

January 06

Comrades

One of my first blogs was titled “Comrade”, the blog referenced a trip that I took to Sapa with my colleagues Chad and Mohamed.   I would like to expand on that blog and share my personal reflections on my PULSE comrades in Hanoi.   Comrades seems appropriate for 4 guys assigned to spend 6 months on special assignments in […]

January 06

The gift I got for Christmas

The challenge my mentor gave me when stepping into this wonderful adventure was to explore my thoughts and feelings openly, and use the blog to help open up emotionally, as I can be a little guarded. As the 6 months time has passed I have realised how much I have enjoyed doing this, much more […]

January 05

Retour en France…au revoir Niamey!

J’ai vécu une expérience extraordinaire, hors du commun, et inoubliable. Tout d’abord grâce aux personnes que j’ai rencontrées dans le cadre du travail, qui m’ont accompagné, appris, soutenu, encouragé à me dépasser et m’ont fait confiance. Puis mes amis Nigériens, Tchadiens, Congolais, Italiens, Indiens … qui ont partagé ces 6 mois de vie à Niamey. […]