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Posts tagged ‘VSO volunteer’

  • First days in Nam’ – a lesson in Luganda

    Mar 1, 09 • 2269 views 3 comments

    Talk about “Deepest Darkest Africa!!” No electricity (or therefore hot water or internet) for first three nights. Cooked and showered by candlelight (it’s dark here by 7 pm) and no chance to unpack first night, So wondered round in the...

  • Touchdown in Africa – a letter home

    Feb 24, 09 • 4309 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 • 2236 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 • 1756 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 • 2286 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...

  • Advice from Nursie…

    Jan 30, 09 • 1682 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...

  • Training week in Birmingham

    Jan 29, 09 • 1773 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 • 3135 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...

  • Five weeks to go

    Jan 22, 09 • 2016 views 3 comments

    Had 8th and 9th injections (Hep B + 2nd rabies). Dr B. seems quite interested in what I’m doing for VSO (because I’m paying her cash for the injections?) Ooh so cynical (but she would only accept cash so it does make me wonder …) I can...

  • My new pad in Namuwongo

    Jan 22, 09 • 2176 views 3 comments

    My new house has a garden! Really excited about this tho whether it’s what we’d call a garden or concrete yard or bare earth or dog’s toilet or what I have no idea but will take my gardening gloves and a few packets of seeds just...

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