The 24th edition of ICC (International Camp on Communication and Computers) took place in the idyllic Croatian seaside city of Zadar. This was the first ICC to be held at the seaside and all participants, staff and volunteers were very keen to be thoroughly acquainted with the Adriatic Sea with daily temperatures hitting above 30°C.
Our group, meeting at Heathrow and ready to represent the UK, were well equipped and prepared for an action packed ten days, with both volunteers having previously attended and delivered workshops, and three participants who had also taken part in past ICC camps. Their experiences and stories were shared with the rest of the group during a long day of travelling and by the time we arrived, everyone was tired but excited.
The accommodation was a short walk away from the Zadar University campus where we would be spending our days attending workshops, so each morning, it allowed us the chance to walk through the town, admire the boats docked at the marina and navigate through the locals. Participants had the opportunity to select their workshops prior to the trip to make their ICC experience tailored to their interests. Career focussed workshops such as CV writing, presentation skills and studying abroad were available alongside personal interest workshops such as self defence, ‘life hacks’ and even gentlemen’s etiquette. In the evening after dinner, more social opportunities were available in the form of swimming, horse riding and guided tours of Zadar.
On the Thursday, as a chance to explore more of Croatia, the entire ICC camp were taken on an excursion day to Krka National Park where we were treated to a tour and boat ride.
All of the workshops and evening activities allowed participants to meet people from other countries and very quickly strong friendships were formed that carried on all week.
Naqib, who has now been on two ICC trips, said, “ICC is not all about workshops and computers, you get a chance to make friends with people who are also visually impaired.”
All workshops at ICC are delivered by staff and volunteers from each country, many demonstrating a skill or personal interest to share with the participants. Our volunteers for this trip, Ronel and Eddy, were fantastic and we are very grateful for their contributions to this year’s camp. All of the UK participants came away with new friends, new skills and lots of stories from an experience that will not be forgotten for a very long time. We now look forward to hosting next year’s ICC in the UK next July! Watch this space…