Along with 10 Irish students, NCBI hosted 11 students from the Spanish organisation ONCE as the second part of an exchange program that began in 2017. We held the event in Ozanam House, Mornington, Co. Meath, the sun even shone the day our Spanish guests arrived!
We enjoyed sharing our Irish music, dance, food and history with the students, the week was action packed. A visit to Newgrange was essential to showcase this rich historical site in County Meath. Day activities included a cooking workshop, Irish music and dance sessions, a GAA taster session, assistive technology workshops, mindfulness and yoga classes.
A trip to the capital city took place to enjoy the Viking Splash experience and learn about our Viking heritage, followed by a necessary shopping expedition to Blanchardstown shopping centre.
The Irish students participated in the preparation of the camp and the choice of activities, which enabled a smooth and successful program of events. This program was a fantastic opportunity for our Irish students not only to travel to another country and experience a new culture but more importantly to develop their independent living skills and share their life experiences and strategies with other students with vision impairment.
We are very grateful to the NCBI staff members who took part, our volunteers, parents and donors, whose contributions were essential to the success of the program. We look forward to the next series of adventures with our partner organisation ONCE.