Traveleyes Trip to Prague
On the last weekend of the academic year, eleven students and two teachers traveled to Prague for a unique and life-changing Service Learning experience.
These students were the visual guides of VIPs (Visually Impaired People) for 48 hours. In a whirlwind tour, our BBIS students relaying their impressions of the city. They were the visual interpreters for their VI partners. Through ongoing conversations and discussions, both the sighted and VIs learned about each other as well as about the lovely city of Prague.
On Saturday, after a joint breakfast, the group visited the local farmers’ market where delicacies were described, smelled and tasted. Following a tour of Prague Castle, the Cathedral and witnessing the changing of the guard, the group later walked down towards the Old Town over Prague’s other landmark, the Charles Bridge. Of course, the chiming and turning of the astronomical clock was not missed. After this eventful day, the students and VIs shared a tasty meal and the VIs were then guided safely back to their hotel rooms.
Sunday morning was not quite such an early rise, and the student teams picked up their VIs for breakfast once again. The first stop of the day was the Czech Technical Museum. The VIs were each given a white cotton glove in order to explore and feel the exhibits, certainly an exception to museum rules. Several members of the group, including VIs, explored the inside of a recreated coal and ore mine. After a picnic lunch in the Metronome Park, everyone walked back to the Old Town for free time. Souvenirs, ice-creams, fish foot massages and more were bought and enjoyed. After a picturesque cruise, they had their last meal together and then it was time to say goodbye.
Who would have thought that there would have been tears at this point? Friends were made and perspectives morphed.