Monday, September 28, 2009

A short update

Just a quick update as it's been a while since I posted.
Well, I did say that there wouldn't be much to say until I got to India

To date, I have had 2 lots of vaccinations and no signs of any ill effects. Although I do have 2 more sessions to go, so who know's what's ahead of me??

I have also included a weather update. (Thanks Sheila for the idea) Please remember that the time difference from Ireland to Bhubaneshwar is + 4.5 hours ahead of us here in Ireland. So it simply just goes from being very hot during the day to being quite hot at night time.

I bought what I believe to be my last purchase of shoes / sandles today. Typical me to go shoe shopping when the winter stock is coming into the shops in Limerick. I liked the style and thought I'd ask about other colours - I was fitting on a black pair. The lovely shop assistant told me they were the last available pair this year, so I thought it best to take them. I had noticed the lack of sandles in the shops but of course assumed everyone knew I'm heading for sunnier climes and would keep summer stock in their shops until November!!!

I hear you all cry 'they do sell shoes in India too'. Yes I know they do, but generally sizes are no bigger than a 5 for ladies and I take a size 6. So it's best to be safe than sorry.

Only 6 weeks to go. I'm really looking forward to the big adventure.I've been following the blog of others who have already started on their travels. Looking out of the window at the rain and grey clouds makes me think 26 C at 10.30pm in Bhubaneshwar, as I'm writing this, will be a welcome change.
And yes, I have thought about purchasing sun tan lotion.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What will it all be like?

Short answer - not really sure yet.

I received an email yesterday from India enquiring if I'd mind if they change my job description a bit to make it broader than pure HR. Of course I was happy to oblige as it will make it all the more interesting for me.I understand that some 'Communications and Research' will be included, whatever that may mean. And it must be very difficult for anyone to confirm a job description when the person filling the role isn't going to start work until December.

I don't expect much will be done before January 2010 with getting to know the NGO, hopefully seeing a bit of what they do out in the field and of course, celebrating a traditional Irish Christmas under the soaring heat. Funnily enough I am looking forward to a sunny 25th December, as I've never experienced that before. I'm sure it will all be part of the culture shock experience.

I'm very lucky that I know of 4 other Irish people in Bhubaneshwar at the moment, and I'm sure there will be great opportunities to meet volunteers from other countries for Christmas dinner also. Don't know what we'll have yet. It might even be a vegetarian meal, but it definitely won't be beef!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Please help me raise money for VSO

Check out my charity page

Click on 'sponsor a friend' and then type in my name

I have a charity page to try to raise money for the VSO who are sending me all the way to India. The VSO recruit experienced professionals to work as volunteers overseas. Volunteers live and work in the local community and VSO then cover their living costs.

Volunteers are recruited from 7 different bases accross the world, including Ireland, and are currently working in over 40 countries. VSO has developed an integrated plan in line with existing governmental plans and local civil society groups to tackle exclusion and poverty.

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways you can make a difference to people living in the toughest circumstance

VSO send volunteers rather than money. Volunteers work on long-term sustainable solutions.

So every cent counts - even the smallest donation will go a long way.

Please click onto my charity page and give whatever you can. Thank you

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Adventure Begins !

Hi All

Well I promised a blog about my travels and even though I haven't left home yet, I decided to set up my blog.

As you all know by now I'm heading off to India in November as a VSO Volunteer. I'll be working in Bhubaneshwar, in the state of Orissa, with the Centre of Youth and Social Development (CYSD). If you'd like to learn a little more about that they do have a look at

I spent this morning ordering a few bits for my travels - things like mosquito repellant and filtered water bottles. I tried ordering a sink plug but for whatever reason the shopping website couldn't send that to Ireland. I'm sure I'll find one locally anyway. Just thought I could get it all done in one go on the net.

I have also arranged for all necessary vaccinations to start next week - can't wait ! But it will all be worth it.