Archive for July, 2012

Getting ready

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Time is rushing by – only about 2 months to go now. Lots to do to organise for being away- and also for not being here if that makes sense.

Quite a lot of time is being spent on training with VSO. I went on a 3 day residential  weekend in Birmingham and both before and after that I did e-learning modules assocaited with the course which was called “Preparing to Volunteer”. Met some great people through the course including one other person who is going to South Sudan. I am back to Bimingham in a couple of weeks for a 4 day course – this time it will be more on the countries we are going to in our placements.

Amongst other things I am also trying  to fundraise as all VSO volunteers are expected to raise at least £1500, not for themselves but to support the development programmes. I’m writing to lots of people and asking them to sponsor me (and to act as a support network while I am away) and I am also approaching organisations for help – I’ve got 2 talks to local Rotary Clubs lined up soon.

And the rest of the time – well I’m still working for the Nursing and Midwifery Council chairing disciplinary panels, and quite busy with the church and with Abbeyfield.


Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Hello and welcome to this blog which has been set up to record my experiences with VSO in South Sudan.

I’ll be writing about my preparations to go in October and then about my time in the country. In the meantime this is just an introductory message to get started.


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Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

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