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Overview of Adela's EVS

My name is Adela, I am 28 years old and I am blind. I come from Romania.

Last October, I started a European Voluntary Service, funded by the Erasmus+ program.

In the frame of this project, I had the opportunity to work in special education with visually impaired children from age 5 to 18 at the IRHOV (Royal Institute for Hearing and Visually impaired).

At primary school, I worked on the computer with two 8-year-old children. Together we learned how to use the keyboard. With a 12-year-old child we learned how to use some shortcuts, we did some grammar exercises and some reading comprehension exercises.

I also worked with a nearly 6-year-old girl who I started working on the Braille Alphabet with.

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Furthermore, every Thursday, together with their teachers we played board games, sang, listened to music, cooked, we did some manual working, etc...

At secondary school, I first tried to work with a nearly blind child in the cyber room.

As soon as the teacher let me know that she didn’t need me because she could manage herself, I switched from computer to cooking classes. I enjoyed the cooking classes not only because I can work with children but also because the teacher appreciated my advice regarding how a visually impaired can cook.

Thanks to this project, I was given the opportunity not only to work with children but also to find out some differences between the Belgian and Romanian. I was nicely surprised to discover that, unlike the Romanian, the Belgian are more open-minded regarding visual impairment.

As a conclusion, I would like to encourage youngsters to embrace the opportunity to take part in a volunteer project. It brings us closer to each other and also to ourselves.