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April VVI General Meeting and May Events

VVI General Meeting-Save the Date
Our next VVI general meeting will be Saturday April 20 from 10:00 to 12:00. Please plan to join us on Zoom if you are interested in VVI activities. A Zoom link will be sent out at a later date.

Announcement about JVDCB
Do you speak English? Then you can teach English! That is, you can help visually-impaired adults build up their English skills as they retrain for jobs at the Japan Vocational Development Center for the Blind and Low-Vision (JVDCB) in Yotsuya. Teaching experience is not required, since we pair new volunteers together with experienced teachers. You can also observe a class if you want to find out more before you commit. Classes are taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 13:00 to 14:30. You can sign up for just one class per semester, or more often. For information, contact Vicky Muehleisen at vicky@waseda.jp or Kozue Handa at khanda@nifty.com.

Announcement about an ECG
VVI is planning an English Conversation Gathering on May 11 from 11:00 to 13:30. Volunteers and visually-impaired guests will meet at the Temple University Campus in Setagaya to learn about Swedish culture from Madeleine Imai, while enjoying live traditional music and Swedish food. We’re looking for volunteers who can help with set-up or with guiding guests from the station to the venue, who will then be able to enjoy the music, food, and chatting in English. For information, contact Kozue Handa at khanda@nifty.com or Vicky Muehleisen at vicky@waseda.jp.

Announcement about English Conversation Partners (ECP)
ECP for high school students at the Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired University of Tsukuba, is a program where native English speakers are paired up with an interested student. The requirement is the willingness to chat with a student 1-2 times per month for about 30-40 minutes, via Zoom or phone. This time the program will run from May to September. 
Please contact Nancy Tsurumaki at nancytsurumaki@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions about the program. An online training for interested people will be provided with conversation starters and tips from previous volunteers focusing on what worked best for them.

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