The 27 guests from Italy, Turkey, Portugal and Romania, were hosted by Doncaster Deaf Trust, who arranged trips and meetings for the group during their five day stay.

Bobbie Roberts, chair of Doncaster Deaf Trust said: “It was wonderful for us to have so many guests from different countries visiting us to learn more about tourism.

“We took the group to many places including Cannon Hall Farm and Yorkshire Wildlife Park. They also joined in with a tourism class at Doncaster College.

“The trip was celebrated with a dinner at Doncaster’s historical mansion house where people enjoyed a meal and learned more from representatives from Visit Doncaster.

“It was fascinating to see so many different languages being signed as well as spoken and the conversations that took place were extremely helpful to all involved.”

Sign Language Tour Guides is a two year project co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union.  This study is hoping to open up a new field of employment and job opportunities for the hearing impaired in Turkey.  The project is developing a Tour Guide Certificated programme and will give importance to sign language training in a vocational education area.