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3 need-to-know’s about Laos

3 need-to-know’s about Laos

I’ve been lucky to spend the last three months in beautiful Laos. Here are three things that I think you should know about Laos. 1: The geography Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is approximately 236,800km2  and landlocked between Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The Thai border is marked by the Mekong River. The landscape is… Continue Reading

Thinking of working in Vientiane?

Thinking of working in Vientiane?

If you’re thinking of working in Vientiane, I have some tips for you. Clothing Dress modestly. Although the backpackers may be scantily clothed to enjoy the hot weather, you’ll notice local people (especially in offices) are not. Women tend to cover the tops of their arms (no sleeveless shirts) and definitely wear skirts to the… Continue Reading

Paris, Marrakech, Climate Action & UN

Paris, Marrakech, Climate Action & UN

I saw a UN Climate Action Flashmob in Vientiane on Saturday. It was really cool. There were about forty people breaking into synchronised dance just as the sun was setting over the Mekong. It was organised by the UN to raise awareness of climate action in Laos. So speaking of climate action… are you up to date… Continue Reading

Two common problems & what to do

Two common problems & what to do

If you’re starting out as a Project Coordinator, you likely have one of these two problems. Problem number one: you aced your studies in development and now you’re faking how to do project operations. You’re thinking, ‘How hard can it be? As long as we’re doing good development…’ Problem number two: you’re an operations superstar and you’re… Continue Reading

The DevPractice podcast

The DevPractice podcast

When I’m travelling I love listening to podcasts. My favourite podcast is Meditation Oasis.  I’m not too out there with the woo-woo new age stuff. But meditation is a solid part of my day now and keeps me feeling good and thinking clearly. I find the voice of Mary Maddux from Meditation Oasis really soothing. There… Continue Reading

5 Apps that seriously help

5 Apps that seriously help

I’m certainly no tech head but I do like to test out Apps- see for myself how well they function. My top five apps I have these on high rotation at the moment while working in Asia. MAPS.ME – this is an awesome App because, once installed, it provides you with maps and your location without… Continue Reading

You should be amazed. Here’s why.

You should be amazed. Here’s why.

Last week I was sitting in a coffee shop in Vientiane, Laos. I was having a western moment. It’s one of those really nice coffee shops that feels like you’ve teleported back home – I could be anywhere in the world. A foreign family walked in. The guy looked dishevelled and irritated. The woman look exhausted carrying their… Continue Reading

Feeling stuck or lost? Read this.

Feeling stuck or lost? Read this.

Something truly weird happened to me the other day. Inspiration struck randomly. These words blasted into my head. “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, translated through you into action. Stay open!”  I had no idea what this was from. As one of the only pedestrians in Vientiane, I looked around. Motorcycles, exhaust fumes, tuk-tuks, a guy dangling… Continue Reading

What’s in a (MC) name?

What’s in a (MC) name?

When you’re studying development, they may have forgotten to tell you that a lot of the jobs are through managing contractors (MCs). M&A, not M&E The Managing Contractor world is full of M&As, not to be confused with M&E. Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) happen in development when larger companies buy out smaller, and sometimes not so… Continue Reading