CWAJ College Women's Association of Japan


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.

A VVI General Meeting will be held on Friday, September 7.


Japan Vocational Development Center for the Blind (JVDCB)
English classes

Venue: JVDCB in Yotsuya
Time: 13:00 to 15:00
Classes for June through August:
Tuesdays: June 5, 12, 19 and 26. July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. August 7 and 28.
Thursdays: June 7, 14, 21 and 28. July 5, 12, 19 and 26. No classes in August.
New NJ regular teachers joined both classes.
Number of Volunteers: 10 for Tuesdays and 8 for Thursdays. A regular teacher and an assistant teacher work in pairs.
JVDCB will have a regular teachers’ meeting at Joanna Chinen’s house on July 20.
Coordinator: Akiko Yamane

English Conversation Gathering (ECG)
Co-leaders: Ysmenia Asci and Junko Morito

Tsukuba Eiken Mock Interview Program
THS (Tsukuba High School for Visually Impaired Students)
Date: June 21, Thursday and June 26, Tuesday
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Venue: Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired, University of Tsukuba near Gokokuji Station (Yurakucho Line)
Help visually impaired high school students pass the English test!
Volunteer to be an interviewer for the Eiken Proficiency Test mock interviews.
No experience needed. Sign up by contacting the THS coordinators.
Coordinators: Kumiko Matsubara and Junko Takagaki

Spring 2017 Issue
Fall 2017 Issue
Winter 2017 Issue
Spring 2018 Issue
Coordinator: Eiko Furuta

VVI Committee always welcomes members who wish to volunteer for the benefit of the Visually Impaired people/community.
VVI is an important part of CWAJ’s community service. Please consider taking part in its activities throughout the year.
VVI has several leader positions that are looking for replacements. Please contact the Co-chairs for more information.
One Co-chair position
JVDCB coordinator
Recording secretary

Co-Chair: Michiko Tsukagoshi