Kareen, 2th year Medical research at the University of Haifa
I've always known people from the blind and visually impaired people and I've always helped them. I knew that the university had this place and I saw the right thing to continue to empower what I loved throughhout my life. I volunteer in the University Library in Haifa. This branch provides service for blind and visually impaired students studying in the academic institutions of the Northern Region.
The activity was very interesting and challenging and I was always waiting for the next meeting to continue, support and also help with everything needed. In this case, I helped the student with accessing all kinds of materials, she is studying for a master's degree and not receiving Social Security assistance, needed someone to copy her presentations in the Word document, and pass on things from pdf to word. Without this access, the student is stuck because she has a seminar and needs to read all of these papers. And of course, I accompanied her with everything she needed, and I really helped her even when I wasn't volunteering because it's hard to see her unhappy and no one to help her, so I asked her to always ask me and I would do her utmost to help her with anything needed.
Concerning my volunteering work
Whenever I have to describe my feelings, I face tremendous difficulty, because every time I get excited, and I start to think with myself, do we really need something that will require us to contribute and help? Why not offer help without a commitment or work? If I were misplaced what would I feel? These are people who are intelligent, they are only with visual disturbances. Why shouldn't we do our part to help them cope with this challenge? Really, I write excitedly to tears, because my volunteering at this place has brought me to all sorts of things that invite me to think deeply about how I will continue to participate. The student has no words to always tell me I'm her eyes and only this sentence says a lot of things. Obviously, next year, I have to find myself the time to continue my contribution in this place and even try to recruit more friends to be partners in the very important human thing.