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  • Welcome to Nanuwongo

    Mar 1, 09 • 2380 views 6 comments

    Can’t believe I have only been here in Namuwomgo on week! Rain is now coming down hard, outside the internet cafe in Namuwongo, essentially a large village outside the city. It’s like the West Indies 20+ years ago, poor, very dusty and...

  • Touchdown in Africa – a letter home

    Feb 24, 09 • 3875 views 8 comments

    Am writing from a really grubby internet cafe on the main road outside Kampala. We took a half hour walk thru the village to get here, all the kids shouting ‘Mzungu mzungu, bye!’ and waving at us. It was great fun. Poverty is everywhere...

  • Yikes!

    Feb 20, 09 • 2017 views 3 comments

    God I’m sick of packing. Just when I thought I was getting my head round it late last night, remembered that I have 1 week induction so need to keep that stuff separate from everything else. The packing is easy enough, it’s the imagining...

  • Four days to go …

    Feb 17, 09 • 1584 views 2 comments

    Feeling groggy today, the running around + farewell drinks + no time for the gym have finally caught up with me .. that or being surrounded by everyone with the lurgy!!Last morning at mum and dad’s house – or Cotswold Strategic Command Centre...

  • Leaving London – bye bye old life

    Feb 7, 09 • 2083 views 3 comments

    Last week at work in London and lots of goodbyes. All v exciting getting so much attention – am going to miss all these hugs and easy contact … it’s just so easy to pick up the phone and talk to friends and family whenever I want to, am...

  • Three weeks to go!

    Jan 30, 09 • 1257 views No Comments

    The last four days training have been fantastic, so involving. We’ve all learned so much. Have met some interesting and useful contacts, that include: Alex who worked in Kenya with Kenyan Wildlife Service. His partner Lucy who works in Natural...

  • Advice from Nursie…

    Jan 30, 09 • 1515 views 1 comment

    First day on training course, focusing on health and security, and not sure whether it was nerves or excitement but when I was asked to introduce myself to the group, my mind went blank! I couldn’t remember where I’m going!! A few...

  • Read the Independent on Sunday!

    Jan 29, 09 • 4156 views 6 comments

    *STOP PRESS*Have just been interviewed by the Indie.They’ve been running a series on what people do if they get made redundant and VSO came up. This has generated another article on people’s reasons for doing VSO … they wanted to...

  • Training week in Birmingham

    Jan 29, 09 • 1591 views 2 comments

    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...

  • The Missionary position

    Jan 25, 09 • 2845 views 1 comment

    Hey! Last week I received my passport back from VSO, complete with 3 month Uganda visa. (This gets swapped for an extended one once I’m there). Also received CRB form so all the legal papers are in place. The CRB check is a standard request...

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