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VIEWS News March 2017

Dear readers,

Winter has finally been driven out by spring! We still had many rainy days, that's true, but the sun often defeated the clouds. And, of course, the warmer breeze brought us many interesting things here at VIEWS.

In this issue, we'll tell you about "The world at arm's length", a ground-breaking documentary about a deaf-blind man whose wanderlust seems to move mountains. We'll also give you an account of the magical dinners in the dark that took place on 10th and 11th March in Kasteel van Hoen, through the eyes of one of the waitresses. Finally, our Italian youth mobility worker for the "VIP awareness-raising on unemployment" project will tell you all about her Belgian experience, which is already drawing to a close. And let's not forget our unmissable "Portrait of the month", which has reached its fourth episode.

Enjoy reading!

"The world at arm's length": nothing is impossible

Sven, who was born deaf and completely lost his sight 7 years ago, is a German 50-year-old man whose disability does not stop him from dreaming: he yearns to walk the Camino de Santiago, trekking 500 miles over mountain, down through the lowlands to the sea. Thanks to his assistants, Sabine and Almuth, he can now turn his long-cherished dream into reality. His journey will start next month and should last about 42 days, covering a distance of about 800 km.

A filming crew, captained by the director Susanne Bohlmann, will follow Sven in his amazing journey through the Pyrenees. Here you can find more information about this extraordinary documentary, including its trailer and an exclusive interview to its directors.

A fairy-tale dinner in the dark

On 10th and 11th March, two dinners in the dark took place in the beautiful Kasteel van Hoen, not far from Leuven. They were organized by ICC Belgium, to get funding for the summer camp we have already told you about in January's issue.

If dinners in the dark are already slightly mysterious and magical by definition, the beauty of the castle surely added some charm to them. One of our EVS volunteers had the great opportunity to serve on both evenings, and came back with many things to tell. Here you can read Clara's account of both evenings.

Paola's mobility experience in Liège

It seems like yesterday that Paola landed in Zaventem, to start her 3 months as youth mobility worker in the framework of the "VIP awareness-raising on unemployment" project. It was the 18th of January then, and now it's almost time for her to pack her bags all over again.

Time went particularly quickly for her, as she experienced a lot of things in a very short amount of time: a new culture, a new language and a new job! Nice memories, but also things she'd rather not have gone through. But let's hear it from Paola herself.

Portrait of the month

Here's the fourth episode of our column "Portrait of the month". This time, our guest is Yoshimi, the president of the NGO hosting Anca David's job shadowing in Phrao, Thailand. This extremely inspiring lady has travelled far and wide and set up her own organization. With so many interesting things to say, it's no wonder we decided to interview her.


"Beyond seeing": second meeting and future appointments

Do you remember the project "Beyond seeing - Innover le design de mode sans les yeux", that we told you about in November's issue? If you don't, you can refresh your memory here!

At the second meeting, which took place on Wednesday 1st March in Brussels, pupils presented their artistic projects, and roleplay games in the dark were organized to show people how to move from place to place without sight.

The next meeting will be held between 3rd and 6th April in Berlin; one of the Belgian participants, whom we've already had the pleasure to interview, will give us a detailed account of the event in the next issue, so... stay tuned!

Questionnaire on visually impaired people and unemployment

We're looking for young visually impaired people from Italy, Germany and Belgium to fill up a questionnaire about employment. Click here to find out more about the questionnaire and hopefully fill it up!

"Low vision - Impact & Action"

Here is a 20-minute video, published by the European Blind Union on 8th February 2017. After giving a very exhaustive overview of what being partially sighted or blind actually means, the video presents the experiences of 12 visually impaired Europeans, through their own recorded words accompanied by narrated animations.

Click here if you want to watch this very interesting EBu video. And don't forget to share it with sighted people, especially those who are still not very familiar with low vision!

Erasmus+ Youth Projects

We remind you that the upcoming deadlines to present calls for proposals for Erasmus+ Youth projects are the following:

  • 26th April 2017;
  • 4th October 2017.

Should you need any help with your project, don't hesitate to contact our Executive Office at we'll be more glad to support you throughout the whole process.

Call for articles

Have you just read an article about a ground-breaking piece of technology? Or have you taken part in a very interesting event, exhibition or gathering? Don't hesitate to share it with us: we'll help you spread the word! Send your articles to or to by the 15th of each month. You can use the same addresses if you'd like to feature on our column "Portrait of the month", like Yoshimi did. For questions, you can use our mailing list and Facebook page. Finally, don't forget to regularly check out our calendar, with all the latest events taking place around VIEWS. These info channels are also yours, so don't hesitate to use them!

That's all for this month, faithful readers. Enjoy the warmer days, make many nice walks and put away all your woolen clothes... for this year at least!

The VIEWS International Team