Mike's Mad Malawian Idea 2017-18

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Buttocks and Bouncing Balls

Well, having been here for a while – actually only 3 weeks but it seems like a while. And I guess that its debatable if three weeks is a while or not …… anyway I digress …… having spent every weekend in solitary confinement within my accommodation I was fortunate enough to be invited out Read more about Buttocks and Bouncing Balls[…]

Get on ‘yer’ bike ……….

It’s all about the bike – Before I go to take up the Educational Specialist post in Mangochi I of course have to have transport.  As I’ve already mentioned this means learning to ride a motor bike. A long time ago, before the BCT training ( i.e. having to pass initial training before going out Read more about Get on ‘yer’ bike ……….[…]

Lessons learned ……..

Still on my In-country Orientation ( or commonly known as “they cant find a house for me !” )  Well that’s not quite true but more about that later. Heard at the beginning of this week that I just needed 5 sessions on the motor bike before I’m let out onto the Malawian roads – Read more about Lessons learned ……..[…]

One week in ……… well almost!

Well, been in Malawi now for almost 1 week – only another 51 weeks to go – doesn’t time fly when you’re enjoying yourself!  That sounds negative and I don’t mean it to be at all but actually when you say you’re going somewhere for a year it sounds a very long time but with Read more about One week in ……… well almost![…]

And here we go …………

As I sit here in Johannesburg airport waiting for my final flight, I look back on the last 2 weeks and just go – WOW!   They really did just fly by – I am the world’s biggest Procrastinator – ( a brilliant talk on TED on Procrastination – if you haven’t seen it it’s Read more about And here we go …………[…]

VSO Training -Indoors and “Outdoors”

My last post was the best post I’ve ever written. !  Sadly it was in my head and not actually on the blog. Had a great few days training with other Volunteers at the VSO offices in Richmond. What an amazing group of people with so many different skills. Running through role play and facilitation Read more about VSO Training -Indoors and “Outdoors”[…]

Monday June 26th and counting !

Another 10k ticked off …… ………..and one more day closer to going out to Malawi. I knew that the Great Manchester Run would be different to Blackpool but I have to say it was absolutely amazing.  Definitely something that I will always remember.  The crowds and the atmosphere were something that I wasn’t quite prepared for. Read more about Monday June 26th and counting ![…]

A 10k, a Birthday and amazing friends !

or You really should know better at your age !  There is a saying that I have often heard, and indeed I have often used it myself  – “In this life you can count on the fingers of one hand ( why they don’t just say 5 or strictly speaking 4 fingers plus a thumb I Read more about A 10k, a Birthday and amazing friends ![…]

Countdown has started!

Countdown has started – or ‘I would count down but I’m not sure where I’m counting to and slight interruption to proceedings – well 2 actually!’ First of all can I thank all those of you who have donated on Justgiving.  I am bowled over by the kindness and generosity of people.  I think I’ve Read more about Countdown has started![…]