“Painting is a worthy way of being in the world, a trade that makes you free and opens ways to the imagination” , these were the words of a proud artist from our nowadays society after have being selected in the “Real Academia Galega de Belas Artes” with all the effort and work that had supposed to him. The life of a common painter of nowadays can be hard, but I have someone close in my family that has taught me that with effort and desire you can make your position in this world is whatever you want.
Eduardo Matamoro Irago, more recognized in Galicia as “Din Matamoro” is a Galician painter that was born in the city of Vigo in the year 1958. His passion for art started since he was a child, as he always had a different perspective of his surroundings and an imaginary world inside his mind , it was also important for him to develop his passion the influence of his mum who is 1946 being really young was surprising the whole city of Vigo with her paintings. After finishing his high school years he went to study his degree in art to Madrid in the art faculty of “Universidad Complutense de Madrid”, where he could fill himself from the art that the city of Madrid detach with a lot of important art galleries as “Museo del Prado” and urban neighborhoods full of artists on that time as “Malasaña” . He reached his first artistic success in Madrid, with strange landscapes full of color and texture who acquired a threatening looking.
After being working in his own legacy between Madrid and Galicia, he went to work for some months to Rome and see new horizons and after that he got a scholarship of his good work and he cross the puddle of the Atlantic Ocean to work for two years in New York and see new things, where he started to work with new materials as plastics and glasses.
Nowadays he’s still active and working in several areas of painting and even in photography. When a normal person looks at the typical cloudy sky from Galicia, when we see just darkness, he can see a whole universe of figures that perfectly works in his mind.
I’m Tomás Matamoro and I’m a volunteer in the “Academica de Madeira” as part of the EVS program. I was born in Vigo, and I grow up in a small seaport of the outskirts of the city what really influenced me to feel the passion of the sea and all that it can give to a city that lives from its resources. I always liked to travel and know the world so I can always learn new thing from different cultures. After living in Miami for a year in high school and 3 years in Madrid studying my degree, now I’m living in Funchal as a volunteering another great experience.
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 to 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.