Volunteers for Visually Impaired (VVI)
Volunteers for the Visually Impaired (VVI) offers a variety of activities in English aimed at encouraging education, cross-cultural exchange and friendship with the visually impaired community. The activities are diverse: weekly English conversation class at Japan Vocational Development Center for the Blind (JVDCB) for VI adults seeking for job; English Conversation Gathering held three times a year as opportunity for the visually impaired people to enjoy cross cultural programs in English; Tsukuba Mock Interview Program, twice a year, for visually impaired high-school students to practice in preparation for Eiken English proficiency test; Editing News Letter containing various information and essays and distributed in Braille, large print and by e-mail three times a year.
English Conversation Gathering (ECG)
Theme: New Zealand
Date and Time: April 1, Saturday 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Iris, Shibuya Diversity Center 8F
Our first ECG for the year is about New Zealand introduced by our CWAJ members, Cheryl Brennan and Nicki Harland. We will get a glimpse of its rich history, vibrant culture of local Maori people, the natural beauty, and its unique birds and animals.
We would need volunteers to help guide the VIs from Shibuya Station to Iris. Some of our VI friends will bring guide dogs. Please tell us beforehand if you are afraid of dogs, and you will be assigned as a VI without a guide dog. ECGs are casual get-togethers which provide an opportunity for the visually impaired to communicate in English with our volunteers.
Co-Chairs: Christine Benson and Mitsuko Takahashi
JVDCB (Japan Vocational Development Center for the Blind)
Volunteers are always welcome as assistant teachers on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (13:00~15:00).
Coordinator: Akiko Yamane
Tsukuba Eiken Mock Interview Program
Mock interview for the students of Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired, University of Tsukuba, was held on October 14th and 17th.
Non-Japanese and Japanese volunteers have played the role of interviewers and assistants, and completed successfully helping the students to prepare for the real interview.
Coordinators: Kumiko Matsubara and Junko Takagaki.
Newsletter Spring Issue
Immediately after the winter issue was issued, preparation of the spring issue has already been started, and the requests to the members to send essays and interviews have also been sent. The spring issue will be distributed in April.
Coordinators: Yuka Watanabe and Michiko Motomura
VVI Committee always welcomes members who wish to volunteer for the benefit of the Visually Impaired people/community.
Please contact any time: VolunteersVI@cwaj.org