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Golden Earring

The oldest still existing rock band from The Hague since 1961.

In 1961, when the 13-year old George Kooymans (guitar), his 15-year old neighbor friend Rinus Gerritsen (bass guitar) and another 15-year old neighbor friend Fred van Hilst (drums) decided to begin a band, they named it The Tornados. But they discovered there was already a band in The Hague called The Tornados so afterward, they changed their band name into Golden Earring.

I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hands wet on the wheel.

The most famous song of Golden Earring is definitely Radar Love and also one of my favorites, of course. The song was recorded in 1973 and the band went international because of this song. For example, they reached #13 in the Top 100 Billboard charts in the United States! A cool fact is that they even opened concerts for The Who, The Doobie Brothers, and Santana which were, and still are, very famous musicians and bands.

The song is written from the point of view of a car or truck driver who thinks of his beloved “baby”, telling them that they are able to share their feelings at such a great distance without any physical means like a telephone or letters. He explains how this works, and while listening to a song on the radio, makes comments on the late night traffic in the early morning hours.

Even in some movies like End of Watch, Frankie & Johnny, Pushing Tin and Baby Driver the song Radar Love appeared. The lead singer and also multi-instrumentalist of Golden Earring is the 70-year old Barry Hay. You can say he is the best example of living his life with sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Once I saw Golden Earring at a live performance and it was amazing. The vibe of the band brings you back to the sixties, the guitar solos are so unique. I have never seen a band so energetic and alive while playing on stage. Before the current four band members, there were 10 others.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Merel Marcuse, a 19-year old girl who loves to sing, take photos of people & nature and to philosophize about everything.


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.

European Voluntary Service

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.