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ESC volunteering in Madeira

7 months in Madeira Island, with all the costs related with travel, accomodations and meals covered! What are you waiting for?

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 programs, which help the local community of Madeira. Last year, through the contribution of everyone involved (EVS volunteers, Portuguese volunteers, and staff-members of AAUMa), the Madeiran Heritage program received two national-level awards: a National University Volunteering Award and two National Awards 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 programs developed by AAUMa which enable various endeavors 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 programs.

We are looking for 2 volunteers from Finland to take part in this project, starting in MayWhat are you waiting for?


The volunteers will collaborate in the regular activities developed at AAUMa’s attractions, from Monday to Friday, for a maximum of 5 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 AAUMa’s 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 training, held by the Erasmus+ Portuguese National Agency;
g. To promote and to participate in other activities developed by AAUMa, 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.


Madeira Islands are focused on being positioned as a safe destination and are working with SGS, the world leader in certification, to ensure good practices across the destination to minimize risks in the wake of Covid-19. More and detailed information here.

The Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) has defined, in relation to the Standardization Plan for Air Accessibility with regard to travelers to the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo:

1. Filling out and submitting the epidemiological survey.

All passengers must complete the Regional Health Authority’s (IASAÚDE) form. The form should be filled in previously to the trip, between 48 and 12 hours before departure. The survey is available at the Regional Health Authority’s website and, will also be accessible through airlines’ websites that so consent. Alternatively, the completion of the survey, on paper, may occur on arrival at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

2. Thermal Screening

All passengers who landed at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira are subject to thermal screening, even if they carry a negative test for COVID-19 disease, carried out within 72 hours prior to embarkation, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities.

3. COVID-19 disease test

Each traveler who disembarks at the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira is obliged to alternatively fulfill, and under the supervision and guidance of the competent health authorities, that which is established in one of the following paragraphs:

a) Provide proof of having performed a PCR test to screen for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, provided that it is carried out within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to embarkation;

b) Conduct, through the collection of biological samples upon arrival, a PCR screening test for SARS-CoV-2, to be carried out by the health authority, and remain in isolation, in the respective home or in the intended accommodation establishment, until obtaining a negative result from the test.

c) Carry out voluntary isolation, for a period of 14 days, at your home or at the accommodation establishment where accommodated.

d) Return to the destination of the origin or any other destination outside the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, isolation at home or in the accommodation establishment where accommodated.

3.1. The PCR screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 considered for the purposes of paragraphs a) and b) are those certified by national authorities and recommended by international health authorities, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO);

3.2. The financial costs incurred at the Hotel where the traveler is accommodated, in the cases referred to in paragraphs b) and c) of number 3 are the responsibility of the traveler alone.

3.3. Two PCR screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 will be done: one at the moment of the arrival and another one 5-7 days later. Free of charge if done in Madeira.

If you’re interested in taking part in this project, send your CV and Motivation Letter (in English) to