A walk through the History of Madeira is a project that intends to present the culture, history and heritage of Madeira through guided tours and other cultural activities such as exhibitions or fado concerts. Throughout the last few years, the University of Madeira Students’ Union (AAUMa) has been developing several initiatives with a heavy focus on Tourism and Culture, under the Madeiran Heritage program. These initiatives are also directly connected with its social support programmes, which help the local community of Madeira. Last year, through the contribution of everyone involved (EVS volunteers, portuguese volunteers and staff-members of Students’ Union) ,the Madeiran Heritage program received two national-level awards: a National University Volunteering Award and a National Award for Good Practices in Youth Associativism.
The guided tours take place across Funchal in several locations such as the Historical City Centre, the City Hall, the Jesuits’ College, the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, the Legislative Assembly of Madeira, the Santa Clara Monastery, Saint Peter’s Church and, more recently, to Quinta Vigia (the Official Residence of the Regional Government).
By accompanying the visitors and presenting the history of these sites, the volunteer has an active role in the project which will enable him/her to acquire a specific set of skills and competences, from linguistic abilities to time management and public speaking, as well as awareness of European values, such as tolerance and cultural diversity.
Aside from the attractions, there is a connection between the project and the social support programmes developed by Students’ Union which enable various endeavours such as the refurbishment of the University of Madeira, providing school supplies and daily meals to less fortunate students or acquiring scientific publications for the library of the University of Madeira. By performing the guided tours and explaining their purpose to the guests, the volunteer assumes a very important role in the promotion of these social support programmes.
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The volunteers will collaborate in the regular activities developed at Students’ Union attractions, from Monday to Friday, for a maximum of 7 daily hours. Saturday and Sunday are rest days and as well as those days the volunteers are entitled to 2 vacation days per working month.
The main tasks of the volunteers are:
a. Collaborate in Students’ Union attractions by performing guided tours or assisting the visitors in the service points (25 weekly hours);
b. To research scientific articles, chapters and excerpts of technical and scientific publications in the field of social sciences (5 weekly hours);
c. Writing articles for advertising on various platforms, both on paper and digital;
d. Performing translations of scientific documents;
e. Collaborate in the organization and promotion of exhibitions and other cultural activities;
f. Take part in On-arrival and Mid-Term trainings, held by the Erasmus+ Portuguese National Agency;
g. To promote and to participate in other activities developed by Students’ Union, as well as proposing possible projects and activities to undertake as personal projects.
The chosen volunteer will share a room (double or triple) at the University of Madeira’s Student Residence, which is about 15-20 minutes (walking distance) from the workplaces. In their room, the volunteers will have a shared closet, bathroom, desk, chair and bookcase, as well as Internet access.
All the expenses related to the accommodation are covered by the host organization.
Additionally, each volunteer will receive a food allowance and pocket money on a monthly basis.
The chosen volunteers will be enrolled by their sending organization to insurance which covers the complete duration of their mobility.
a) Young man/woman between 18 and 30 years old;
b) Intermediate English level (B1)
c) The candidates should be proactive, communicative and motivated to take part in a project with a strong focus on investigation, interaction with the public and with a structured daily routine.
If you’re interested in taking part in this project, send your CV and Motivation letter (in English) to firstname.lastname@example.org until 15th of June.