July 13

Empowering Graduates with hearing impairments…….

Before heading off on my field trip to Northern Uganda. I was invited to attend a workshop for graduates with hearing impairment in Mukono, on the outskirts of Kampala. Since this is a key project that I will be working on, Julius my CSU colleague suggested I accompany him so I could learn more. The […]

July 12

First Days in Rwanda

I arrived in Kigali, Rwanda on July 5th to begin my GSK PULSE assignment with Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB).  My immediate first impression was the open greeting offered by everyone I met, including the baggage claim representative dealing with my lost luggage (which arrived on day 2).  The PIH/IMB team extended my warm […]

July 12

Cebu and Batangas…smiles, jeepneys and tricycles

Its been 10 days since I started with the team here at Smile Train Philippines and field trips have being a must for me to start understanding the organization´s model, mission, ways of working and challenges. I have felt welcomed, and I’ve received the most beautiful smiles from patients, families and the partner hospitals and […]

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 […]

July 10

Right in at the deep end – but I can float!

The day before I left the UK, my NGO Supervisor made contact and asked me if I would be agreeable to a change of plan. Originally, I was due to arrive on Thursday followed by a few days to recover and adjust to my temporary home before a 2-week induction at the Kampala office of […]

July 10

Becoming Better

“Arriving at meaningful solutions is an inevitably slow and arduous process. Nonetheless, what I saw was: better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence, it takes moral clarity. It takes ingenuity. And above all it takes a willingness to try.” Atul Gawande “Better,” by Dr. Atul Gawande, is an inspirational account which […]

July 10

From Celebrating Freedom to Settling in Freetown

  Travelling to Sierra Leone to start my assignment with Partners In Health was quite a journey as I only gave myself one day in between arriving from my Philippine vacation and departing on my flight to Freetown. That one day was the 4th of July which is usually spent celebrating U.S. independence with fireworks […]

July 09

The basics of Life

We sometimes forget living in the western world how we take for granted the basics of being nourished and having the appropriate level of sanitation and cleanliness. This was never emphasised more to me than in the two project outcome reviews I attended where Save the Children have played a vital role in and collaborated […]

July 08

World Pride Weekend NYC

The following isn’t necessarily a post about my Pulse experience per se. But, I think it was the universe linking Pulse to some ‘personal’ activities that my family planned. Sometimes the Universe screams at you and in this case reaffirmed why my PULSE assignment with Open for Business and promoting LGBT+ rights is absolutely the […]

July 08

Hakuna Matata

John’s initial post from Kenya

July 05

So I am really doing this!

Leaving the UK was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Maybe I’m just a sentimental soul, but despite knowing that Uganda will be an amazing experience, perhaps even the best of my career so far. I was still touched by leaving behind my loved ones, my friends, my work colleagues. I guess […]

July 04

My Volunteeting Journey

By Zina BARRADA – Communication for Child Protection Associate @ UNICEF Ivory Coast Who am I? My name is Zina and I am Global Trade/Tender Capability Lead at GSK. I am as well GSK Job Plus Coach and Mindfulness Trainer. So, my complete job title can include ‘Mindful Facilitator Job Plus Coach’, and I like […]

June 30

Why am I here?

I departed Panama 9 days ago after a week filled with unexpected goodbye moments. It was charged with support and respect from peers, friends and family regarding my upcoming volunteering assignment. As an immigrant, saying goodbye to loved ones is always a challenge I normally turn away from, this time it was no different, nonetheless, […]

June 28

Cali2Philly

An 8-day journey or 11 years? Disclaimer: I have been putting off writing my first and second (maybe even third) entry because I don’t know how to start, what to say, or how to say it. So, bear with me as I stumble through it. My husband and I decided the best way to say […]

June 20

My Journey begins..

Like any journey there is a start, middle and end. So firstly, where did mine start? I think we must go right back to the beginning with my heritage and culture. I am Indian by origin but born in Uganda and like so many members of my family came to England in 1972 because of […]