The MyLeader excursion to Dialogue in the dark, was, to say the least, an impactful team-building exercise. Dialogue in The Dark is an experience like no others, where you enter a pitch-black assortment of rooms and hallways, ‘blind’. The whole time you are navigating around the darkness blinded, you are experiencing ‘Melbourne’, in simulation form of course. The hallways and rooms are littered with Sights of Melbourne and memorabilia such as public transport, the MCG, markets and even roads.
Dialogue in The Dark is a team building exercise more than anything. As you navigate through the streets and roads of Melbourne sightless, your ability to speak up, listen and communicate come into play. It’s interesting to see how people handled the loss of their eyes for a short while and it really showed us who was willing to speak up and lead, especially in this new, rather confronting situation.
Ultimately, Dialogue in The Dark is here to raise awareness and draw attention to how people with vision impairments conduct themselves in everyday life. Despite this, Dialogue in The Dark stands as one of the best team building experiences we have participated in as a group of young leaders.
Oliver D. 9E
On Wednesday, March 13, the year 9 peer leaders went on an excursion to Dialogue in the Dark. Dialogue in the Dark is to familiarise one’s self with an experience similar to a blind person’s regular day in Melbourne City. Some simulations that were experienced in the facility was being toured through a re-created scene in the Victorian Market, the MCG ticket stall, and public transport systems, specifically being a train, completely in the dark. Whoever, one of the most enriching scenarios was exploring a family home, with no vision. This experience affected the year 9 Peer Leaders greatly. Some quotes taken from them were;
“It was a wonderful experience to hear the stories of someone who struggles every day from being blind, and to be guided by them.”
” The experience was quite an eye-opener, as I never realised how much of a true struggle a blind person experience.”
To conclude, Dialogue in the Dark was a wonderful experience. Not only was it enjoyable, but it made students aware of the struggles other people face.
Noah, Blake and Aaron
On Wednesday, March 13, the Year 9 MyLeader class went to The Docklands to participate in Dialogue in the Dark. Dialogue in the Dark is an organisation that originated in Germany, and gives participants the confronting experience of being vision impaired. We spent an hour and fifteen minutes being led around by a guide who was vision impaired themselves. The group experienced a simulated Melbourne-which included Birrarung Marr, Queen Victoria Market, the MCG and a tram ride around the city, before experiencing what it would be like in a house. We felt overwhelmed when the experience began, but as the hour progressed, we started to feel more confident in our surroundings and used our other senses. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed Dialogue in the Dark, and we would like to thank our guides, Mr Trewella, Amy and the excursion leaders.
Hannah and Emily