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Training week in Birmingham

Jan 29 • 1811 views • 2 Comments on Training week in Birmingham Africa, East Africa, Uganda, Volunteering

In grey and drizzly Birmingham this week for VSO training.

With girls and boys heading off to:

  • the Philippines (to project manage ISO type accreditation of a hospital on one of 18,000 islands and run an audit – Clare there’s a job for you!)
  • Cameroon (a couple + 18 mth baby, both volunteers going to do organisational development)
  • Uganda (I’ve met Olivia who I’ll be travelling with and she’s going to be working with deaf children Sarah! – (For those of you who don’t know my sister Sarah is deaf).
  • Kenya (one volunteer has worked with wildlife athority there so lots of networking to be done!)
  • Vietnam (ex-accountant lady)
  • India
  • Malawi (gorgeous tall Rasta! Ayurvedic teacher)
  • Nepal (there’s a 2 month language programme before you even start the job)

We’re all very excited of course!

Yesterday we discussed Health, Safety and Security and had a whole powerpoint presentation on diarrhoea!! The session was run by a nurse who’s done VSO in Namibia and Malawi, and has nursed people with malaria and rabies so we really have had the insider view. We’ve been taught how to clean water (filter / boil / chemicals) and discussed Femidons vs condoms and Moon cups! Male readers may want to Google at this point! (Or log off …)

Had an early night (we finished training at 9pm) then up for a run through the drizzly murk. We (approx 25 of us) are all staying in Harborne Hall, an old convent I believe. It’s lovely, like being back at boarding school (PHC girls I was thinking of you last night!)

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2 Responses to Training week in Birmingham

  1. Andrea says:

    Not too sure how this works really, but finally can keeep track of you!!
    Enjoy Birmingham. Take in as much as poss and fill me in on all Sunday

  2. lizziema says:

    Just wondered if a moon cup was something to catch diahorrea in and whether a femidon was the wife of a University professor? Can you answer these ??

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