Add-Venture in Learning

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A student and guide looking at fossils on a Isle of Wight Ecology Course

Sighted Guides

Read what one guide has to say about being a volunteer sighted guide.
About being a Sighted Guide

Each year Add-Venture in Learning holds a variety of residential courses - about 5 days in length - in various areas of the UK for visually impaired people of all ages. Sighted people are needed to act as guides/mobility aids for the students. No experience is necessary, as training in guiding techniques will be provided. The programme for each course includes talks, discussions and visits. Each visually impaired student has their own guide who is expected to accompany them for the duration of the course, including evening lectures. Students (and guides!) are adults of all ages.
Guides must be physically fit for visits. There will be lectures or other events each evening. Depending on the course and accommodation available, guides may be required to share a room.

What do I do as a guide?

Your role as a guide is to assist your student at mealtimes and with general mobility on the daily visits. On visits, you will be invaluable, making sure that your student is safe and has the opportunity to see everything of interest.
During lectures you may be asked to help with practical activities, pass objects round and you will be able to listen to the range of experts contributing to the course. Ideally you will have an interest in the topic under discussion, but you are not expected to be an expert.

The cost

Guides are asked to make a subsidised donation to help cover costs. The specific amount requested varies from course to course but can be found in the application details. If you cancel your booking with more than 4 weeks notice, your deposit will be refunded, less an administration charge of £30. If you cancel with less than 4 weeks notice before the start, a charge will be made unless we can fill the place. Joining instructions and further information will be sent before the relevant course starts.

To become a volunteer guide

If you would like to volunteer please download and fill in the application form. We will then let you know if we can use you as a guide as soon as possible. If you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspects of guiding, please contact :
Isobell Phillips on 07731 867931 or e-mail Isobell Phillips

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