To be honest, I have not been in Madeira during the hottest months of summer. My experience started in September what I would still call summer due to the heat.
Madeira is very versatile and full of possible activities. That is the reason why I love this island. People who love the sea have several options to explore the Atlantic Ocean. Snorkeling and scuba diving let you discover the biodiversity of the sea dwellers. But not everyone likes to dive in the dark and deep ocean and some rather stay above the surface of the water, at least with their heads. There are still enough activities, such as kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing left. And if you just like to relax, the boats and Catamarans will take you for a spin to see dolphins and whales.
To explore Madeira’s nature is definitely a must. There are many unique hikes on this island. You can choose a Levada which leads you through the green parts of Madeira. Or a Vereda, which is a little and sometimes a lot harder but totally worth it. My favorite Veredas are Ponta de São Lourenço, Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo and Vereda do Larano.
There are also beautiful Miradouros to visit. I like the ones in Ponta do Pargo the most. Of course, there is also the option of just relaxing at the beach and getting tanned (trying, in my case). Madeira has mostly stone beaches, which are not always the most comfortable. The natural swimming pools In Porto Moniz and Seixal are nice to swim without being dragged around by waves. There are a few sand beaches around the island. But if you want a beautiful and huge sand beach, you should visit Porto Santo.
I wish you a nice summer.
Helmi Krappitz, a volunteer from Germany, nature and food enthusiast.
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.