Before my arrival to Madeira I was searching in a google some information about climate on the island to prepare the appropriate clothing and footwear.
When I was preparing my suitcase I was thinking in this way: on Madeira is ocean and mountains, so I have to be prepared for sunbathing and hiking. I will work as a guide, so I need comfortable shoes and sun cream. Yeah, sun cream… Definitely need to get a cream with a high filter, like UV 50.
I just FORGOT I´ll be on the same level as Morocco and unfortunately I bought cream with UV 30. The effect? After my first sunbathing my skin was burned. So remember: cream with UV 50! Later, when you will be enough brown (like me now, after 3 months) you can use UV 30. Actually, right now after a while of being here I know what really means “must have” on Madeira. I recognise that extremely important are gadgets that make life easier.
Bottle for water
Here is almost every day warm. Sometimes super-warm. You need to drink water. Water is good for your health. Many of us, volunteers have a special bottle for a water. It´s very useful, especially when you are a guide and you walk with tourist in full sunshine.
Here we have only few beaches with sand. Mostly beaches are covered with pebbles and gravel. Hint? Invest in swimming shoes. Trust me, your feet will be grateful.
Quick drying towel
For sunbathing time or just sitting in a park, very useful is quick drying towel, because is light and does not take up much space in your bag- is with me almost every day.
Reusable plastic cutlery and lunch box
It´s perfect for hiking/camping/picnic/time for break. Eating outside is expensive and not really healthy. Buy some fruits (here is a lot very delicious fruits!) or cook something nice at home and take with you. Live simple!
Beata Rymkiewicz, 25 years old, volunteer from Poland. Great fan of electronic music, architecture, flowers, dogs and British humour.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3, which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.