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Jadwiga Andegaweńska

Queen or king of Poland? Actually… both.

How is this possible? Just look at the story of old Polish monarch from the 14th century.

Jadwiga Andegaweńska known also as Queen Jadwiga or Saint Jadwiga was a third daughter of Louis the Great, King of Hungary and Poland, and Elizabeth of Bosnia. She was born between 1373 and 1374. At this time nobody supposed that she will become the King of Poland, as she was the third child and her father had only two thrones to be filled. However, the oldest sister died and that is why the King decided to give the throne of Poland to Jadwiga, especially when Polish people insisted to have their own King.

She was crowned as the King of Poland in 1384. Right, why the king of Poland, not queen? Well, because there was no position like this before, so she became the ruler, but her future husband also became a king but in the meaning of being a husband of Jadwiga… Bureaucratic stuff. When she was 4 years old, she was already engaged to Wilhelm Habsburg, however, because life went differently than what the parents expected, as the politically desirable option was to marry the Prince of Lithuania Władysław Jagiełło, who was 20 years older than Jadwiga. On the 15th February 1836 he was baptized and 3 days later they got married.

It has been told that Jadwiga took a crucial role in converting Lithuania to Christianity. She was also a great politician and diplomat and cared about the interests of Poland. She had also become a great influence on polish education, giving a big amount of money for Cracow Academy which later became one of the famous schools in Europe – Jagiellonian University. Unfortunately, her reign didn’t last long as she died in 1399 after having a child. She was canonized in 1997 by pope John Paul II, that’s why she is known also as a Saint Jadwiga.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Anna from Poland, graduated in finance and accounting, experienced and skilled in marketing, passionate about cooking, dancing, and reading.


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.