Hello everyone and kind regards from Madeira, my name is Anne Schroeder and at the moment I’m staying in Madeira to do a voluntary service. Before I came to Madeira I lived in Bonn, which is a city in Germany that I’ll try to present to you through this text.
Perhaps you have already heard of Bonn since it is one of the oldest cities in Germany and it was the capital of Germany from 1949 -1990. Although nowadays Berlin is the capital of Germany, Bonn is a big city which has around 322.125 inhabitants and many places to discover.
First, there is a beautiful shopping street in the middle of the city, where you can find several popular stores and good restaurants, but besides this, Bonn also has a beautiful landscape.
If anyone is interested in hiking I would like to recommend the Siebengebirge. For swimming or a boat tour, you can find some rivers ( Rhein, Sieg) and lakes (Auensee). But my favorite place to be is the Rheinaue. Everything is green, you can go for a barbecue with friends, inline-skating, mini golfing and there are different playgrounds for children to choose.
Once in the year usually in May, there is an attraction along the Rhein, called Rhein in Flammen. Everyone loves it! In that weekend, especially the Rheinaue is full of people. There are different bands playing music all day long and lots of booth selling candies and popcorn. At the end of the weekend, there is an amazing firework along the Rhein.
Another impressing event is the balloon festival in June. It includes a parish fair and lots of music. In the evening, when everything is dark, many hot-air balloons flash up. It looks amazing.
Last but not least there is this music festival Rockaue where many different bands perform and everyone is a part of it.
To sum it up, Bonn is a city for everyone no matter if you like to go shopping, celebrating or relaxing.
Hey, I am Anne Schroeder from Bonn and at the moment I am staying in Madeira for a voluntary service.
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 (KA3) 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.