“So many of life’s important lessons are learned outside of the classroom”
There are many ways in which travel can enrich a person’s life. As we journey from one place to the next, meeting people of different cultures in alien environments, we develop a greater understanding of ourselves. So many of life’s important lessons are learned outside of the classroom, which is why Amar Latif chose to introduce the ‘Traveleyes’ concept to students aged fourteen upwards, as part of a ‘CAS’ program (Creativity, Activity, Service).
‘CAS’ is designed to counterbalance the academic rigour of schooling with experience-based learning. The program aims to create new skills through undertaking new challenges, collaborating with others and engaging in issues of social and global importance.
Traveleyes pairs sighted students with vision impaired travellers on group travel experiences across worldwide destinations. The sighted students work together in guiding the vision impaired travellers, helping to make the world a more accessible place. Whilst taking it in turns guiding, they develop their creative language skills by communicating the world around them through visual descriptions. The students are paired with a different blind person each day to experience varying levels of sight loss and learn to communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds.
The trips are educational holidays, each of them hand made by ‘Traveleyes’ to focus on learning through stimulating all of the senses. They are encouraged to reflect on the events of each day with reflection questions, an important part of any learning experience. Initially this project was set up with an international school based in Hong Kong, but as more schools around the world are now being introduced to this new and unique way of learning, more students are able to benefit from such an eye-opening and worldly life experience.
So many of life’s important lessons are learned outside of the classroom, which is why Amar Latif introduced ‘Traveleyes’ to students aged 14 upwards, as part of a ‘CAS’ program (Creativity, Activity, Service). ‘CAS’ is designed to counterbalance academic rigour with experience-based learning.
Amar was invited to speak at the ‘Celebrating Tourism’ event by ‘GUtech University’, Oman. Amar spoke about the importance of promoting tourism, one of the worlds biggest industries, and the positive affects this would have on a country with such an attractive history and culture.
In 2014, ‘Traveleyes’ celebrated its 10th anniversary. For the whole of its tenth year, ‘Traveleyes’ partnered up with ‘Sightsavers’ to tackle preventable sight loss in developing nations. ‘Traveleyes’ raised over £10,000 for ‘Sightsavers’ and restored sight in around 1,340 vision impaired people.