Tag Archives: pulse

March 05

Epilogue : It always seems impossible until it is done!

I am back at GSK since January16th, and I can tell you that it is not so obvious! The feeling of starting from scratch in a new business, with only the people on your team missing but who do not have the same concerns. You would like to talk with them about what you have […]

January 20

Part 6: I did it!

This is my last week before the end of my mission, it’s been almost 190 days since the beginning of this PULSE adventure! C’est ma dernière semaine avant la fin de ma mission, cela fait presque 190 jours depuis le début de cette aventure PULSE! This week is a crucial week that will close the […]

December 19

Part 5: Final Stretch…the verdict!

This is my last straight before my return to GSK land! But before that I will leave from 7th to January 13th in Benin in Cotonou to test the training material that I developed! I am both, impatient and anxious about the result ! C’est ma dernière ligne droite avant mon retour chez GSK land, ! […]

August 22

The Courage to Become…

Be a good girl. Smile. Don’t cry when you skin your knee. Share your toys. Go to school. Get good grades. Make plenty of friends. Stand up straight, the ugliest thing in the world is a tall girl who slouches. Be young, thin, and the socially accepted version of pretty – oh, and do that FOREVER. […]

August 09

Part 3: …and suddenly everything is accelerating!

You remember, I left you with this question: “Why am I here?  What about now, after 40 days, since the beginning, including 26 days working at the IFRC? Vous vous souvenez,  je vous avais laissé avec cette question : « pourquoi suis-je là ? » Qu’en est-il maintenant après 40 jours depuis le début, dont 26 jours de travail à la […]

July 06

Part 2: Why Am I Here?

Some thoughts after the first week! Quelques 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 […]

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 […]

June 05

The start of a brand new adventure

As I sat in my hotel room near GSK House, preparing for the PULSE training that would begin the next morning, so many different emotions ran through my head. I was jet lagged, excited, nervous, hopeful, and anxious to meet the group. What would they be like? What would the training be like? Would I […]

March 20

Back to Blighty!

I am writing this a little behind schedule as I have been back in the UK for a few weeks now and the shock is just about wearing off.  Although I am still not used to the supermarkets…why do we need so many options?! As I settle down into the madness of the West – […]

December 13

Fleeting Moments

Weaving through the “hillsides” (in Nepal anything below 7000ft is called a hill) we gradually increase our altitude. Eventually the smog and dust of Kathmandu valley vanishes behind as each peak steadily edges further and further into a clear royal blue sky. It is a perfect day to fly. In the distance, vast white capped […]

November 28

Lost in Translation

Nothing is easy in Nepal, as if the country is testing its inhabitants. Roads are rough, mountains high and weather extreme. There is just no getting around it, life in Nepal is hard. Whether you are a mountain terrace farmer, rising early each morning to climb endlessly up and down your fields, or a taxi […]

November 20

Chapter three. “To get the hang of it”

During a couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to find the title for this chapter… Since I wrote my last post and after reading your comments I’m feeling a bit intimidated… maybe you are expecting too much… I’ve been in Ghana for a month… actually, more than a month, I am going now for the […]

October 16

On-Off-On: Restart

It’s been 3 weeks of silence. After the traumatizing events in my family a month back, I must confess I lost a little bit of inspiration in my Kenyan adventure. But then I went home and spent time with my family and friends, and then I came back. After more than 15,000km of travel back […]

July 30

Busy week, slow weekend

It’s 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and I wake up to hear the call to prayer from the nearby mosque. Kenya is a country with predominant Christian population, so initially I was startled every time I heard the powerful, monotonous voices coming from the loudspeakers installed in the mosques, at all times – mornings, afternoons, evenings […]