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Vincent van Gogh is known as one of the most famous painters of the Netherlands.

Some of his most famous painting are The Potato Eaters, The Yellow House, Sunflowers, Café Terrace at Night and Starry Night.

He was born the 30th of March in 1853 in a place called Zundert in the Dutch province Brabant. Also, he had three sisters and two brothers, one of them called Theo became very important in his life. At the age of 16 Vincent decided to work in The Hague for a French art company named Goupil & Cie. Then he also began writing letters to his brother Theo until the end of his life.

In the winter of 1888 Vincent travelled to France, there he was touched by all the new colours and lights he encountered in nature. In the French city Arles he not only made a lot of paintings, but he also wrote many letters to his brother Theo who financed his travel to France.

One of my favourite paintings of Vincent is Starry Night, an oil on canvas. He painted Starry Night in June 1889, it represents the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise. Now it has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941.

Vincent van Gogh died one year later in 1890 because of a tragic suicide attempt. Unfortunately people only started to appreciate his work after his death.

Text written in March 2019.

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+

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.