In XIV century Poland had a king of Piast dynasty, who was famous because of his height. Wladyslaw became the King at the age of 52 years old and his way to achieve this position wasn’t easy.
He was the middle son of Kazimierz I Kujawski, his two older brothers were almost adults when he was born. However, they were actually only half-brothers, because his father was married twice before he married the mother of Wladyslaw, Eufrozyna. A legend says that Eufrozyna tried to poison the older sons of Kazimierz I, so Wladyslaw who was still a baby at that time would inherit some lands after his father. The trap of Eufrozyna didn’t work and in the result, two brothers of Wladyslaw had a fight with their father and won a part of the land of the country.
Later on, Wladyslaw stayed in the shadow of his brothers. They even decided about his marriage with Jadwiga. His position in Poland was very weak and nobody assumed that this man will achieve anything big. The situation started to change after the death of his brother Leszek II the Black. Finally, in 1320, he became a king thanks to the support coming from Hungary.
The biggest achievement of this monarch was reconnecting all of the regions of Poland separated after the death of Boleslaw III Krzywousty in 1086 and getting back the Kingdom of Poland. As we can see even though he was a small man he was a great king.
I’m Anna Koniarek, 26 years old and I come from Chorzow, a city in the south of Poland. I like traveling, learning languages and getting to know other cultures.
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.