Hola amigos! A great week in Spain and Berlin for students

Last week, 2 groups of students got the opportunity to explore new cultures and practice their language skills with visits to Madrid and Berlin. The trips which are funded through the income raised at the annual Dine in the Dark event give our students an opportunity to go abroad, and for many it is their first time.


Lisa Roberts, Spanish Teacher at RNC says “these trips give our students a chance to put the skills they are learning in the classroom into practice in the real world. It gives me real joy when I hear a student speaking the language in another country, asking for food or talking to locals.”


“The two trips have given over 25 students the opportunity to visit new countries. From speaking the language, eating the cuisine, visiting the local attractions to navigating their way around a busy airport and using public transport in other language; these are life experiences that our students do not shy away from” said Lisa.


The trips would not be possible without the support of fundraising efforts at the Dine in the Dark event. The event which is run by the students attending the trips, gives the guests a chance to eat a sit down meal without using their sight to see any of their food, relying on other senses and the trust of the waiting staff.


People will have a small glimpse of what it is like to live in the non-sighted world,” explains RNC student Avram. “Eating a meal can be very difficult for people with sight loss and maybe, having experienced what it’s like to dine in the dark, they might not take their sight for granted in the future. Serving food and guiding people on the night is also a good opportunity for students to get some valuable work experience.”


RNC student Emma, is currently studying A-Level Spanish and hopes to continue it after college. “Languages are an area that I would like to be employed in the future and these trips give me real life experience, my skills improved loads after just a few days in Madrid and I feel more confident about speaking to Spanish people” said Emma.


“Language is a real option for our students. Just this week a former student, Hanif, has graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Manchester Metropolitan in Spanish and Politics so it shows that the progression is there” explains Lisa.


If you are interested in attending the next Dine in the Dark event we are now inviting people to be part of this inspiring evening, and for the opportunity to have a great night out in the build up to Christmas – please contact Emily Lynch on 01432 376370, or email emily.lynch@rnc.ac.uk.


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