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Friedrich Wilhelm III

Today’s article is about the German Emperor and King of Prussia

He was born during the German monarchy on the 18th October 1831, in Potsdam and died at the age of 56, in June 1888.

Friedrich was the son of the former Emperor Wilhelm the First and his wife Augusta. But the marriage wasn’t happy at all. Due to the fact that his parents had different opinions considering politics, Friedrich’s childhood was difficult and often lonely.

His father was very conservative, so Friedrich had been raised in a military tradition since an early age. In spite of that, his mother had a more liberal point of view and persisted on an alternative to the military education, which was a classical school education. Therefore he studied Latin, history, geography, physics, and religion with a private teacher and became fluent in English and French.

At the age of 17, he saw how the German population tried to fight the political system and invented uprisings across the German territory. But none of this contributed to lasting changes in the system. After this, he left the military service and entered the University of Bonn at the age of 18. There he studied history, law, governance and public policy. During this time the influence of his conservative father decreased and he developed liberal tendencies. Still, he stayed loyal to his father and never stabbed him in the back.

Years later he was getting engaged with the British Princess Victoria. In 1858 they married.  When his father died in 1888 he became the German Emperor and King of Prussia for 99 days, between March 9, 1888, and June 15, 1888.  People say that his plan was to liberalize the political system, but sadly he passed away before he could make a huge impact.

So he died at the age of 56 because of cancer, with only 99 days of being the head.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Hey, I am Anne Schroeder from Bonn and at the moment I am staying in Madeira for 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.

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.