In the last posts and podcasts I have been interviewing many people and sharing some amazing and interesting stories. Now I want to tell something about my own experience as a volunteer as well.
I am visually impaired, almost blind. I walk with a guide dog, read braille and use so called blind technigues. Quite often I have been asked that how I can go abroad alone, live there and do a volunteering project. How do I manage my daily life and what kind of support do I need?
With my two podcasts I would like to give answers to these frequently asked questions and raise awareness of accessibility and inclusion in volunteering. I want to remind that I’m sharing my personal experience – not any general information that applies to all blind people. We all are individuals and see and feel the world differently, so also our ways of living as well as support needs are individual and personal.
In the first podcast I’m talking about my everyday life as a volunteer in Vienna. I’m telling a little bit about my personal assistance, walking with a guide dog in the city as well as how do I manage my daily tasks such as cooking. The second podcast is more about volunteering and introducing my story: how did I end up to be a volunteer, what makes volunteering accessible for me and what has been the biggest challenges so far.
I hope you enjoy and maybe learn something new. I wish to spread a word that volunteering is for everyone and I would like to encourage people with different special needs to take part!