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Czesław Niemen one of the greatest Polish singers and composers.

He made his debut in the early 1960s. He is known as a rock, electronic and experimental musician, singing mainly in the Polish language.

Niemen was born in the territory of present-day Belarus. He was one of the first artists in Poland who introduced the original style of psychedelia. He was distinguished by his long hair and colorful clothes, which was unusual in communist Poland. He recorded a song called “Strange is This World” (Polish “Dziwny jest ten świat”), inspired by Percy Sledge’s song “When a man loves a woman” and James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”. His song “Strange is This World” is considered to be the first Polish protest song, but it was more inspired by interpersonal relations. The English version of this song was released in 1972.

Niemen and his band supported Marlene Dietrich’s concert at Congress Hall in Warsaw. They played a song “Do you still remember me?” (“Czy mnie jeszcze pamiętasz?”) there. After their performance Dietrich decided to record her own version of this song.

In the late 1960s, his musical style changed to progressive rock. He recorded the album “Enigmatic” with the exceptional song “A Mournful Rhapsody in Memory of Józef Bem” (“Bema pamięci żałobny rapsod”) based on Kamil Norwid’s (a Cypriot) poem.

In the latter half of the 1970’s, his musical work turned into jazz-rock fusion and even electronic music. During the next two decades, he was composing film soundtracks and theatre music. He got interested in painting and computer graphics. Czesław Niemen died of cancer in 2004.

Short bio of the volunteer:

My name is Magda. I come from Poland and I am a volunteer in the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira.

Erasmus+

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.