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European Voluntary service: Badia

My name is Badia Benlaamiria, I’m 25 years old and I come from Italy.

First of all let me tell you that I have a sight handicap that made me totally blind.

I’m a student of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bologna.
Currently I’m living in Belgium to perform the activity of European Voluntary Service at the I.R.H.O.V. primary school in Liège town. My work activity concerns the teaching of Computer to visually impaired or blind children: the purpose is to reach a basic knowledge of Informatics in order to get a better autonomy for studying.

I also take place to cultural and ludic activities such as cooking, geography, Torball games and parties.

I am really happy of my activity with children: it is a new world to explore. Day after day I try to give the best of me to let them reach the goals of which I already see the benefits.

It is a wonderful experience: I would advise it to youth people who want to walk my same path and dedicate this time of their own life to the Social. To live and breathe a new culture and a new language is also a thrust for an interior growth that will be useful in future.
Life in Liège, for a blind or for a handicapped person, is pretty hard: there are always works on sidewalks and on streets, and I often need to walk on the carriageway, afraid for my health. The public transport is excellent, but buses haven’t got vocal assistant which helps you to understand when to get off and, due to works, bus stops always change place.

I believe that this is a hard issue for a blind or handicapped person: it forces without any choice to be dependent from others.