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My grandchildren’s Europe

The question we are going to ask ourselves today is: how can we contribute to create a bright European future for our grandchildren?

In order to answer that question we have to look at the current state of affairs. Every generation has historically dealt with its own challenges. In a couple thousand years we’ve moved from hunting-and gathering tribes to a high functioning society with all kinds of ingenious systems (i.e. agriculture) which supports our lifestyle. Especially in the last couple of centuries our species made enormous leaps in all kinds of fields, in a staggering and accelerating pace. Thanks to technology we’re more globally connected than ever. We’ve gained so many insights and knowledge. But, all that will just remain information and it will only become wisdom the moment we start to apply it. 

The decisions of this generation will determine the wellbeing of all generations to come. There are still lots of issues going on, but the biggest threat we face nowadays is global warming. We’re polluting our own nest. We’re at a historically tipping point in history. We need to change our ways if we want to maintain sustainability, for human kind and every beautiful creature that lives on this earth. And we have to act NOW.

So how do you turn the tide? How can you, tiny little human, do something against the gigantic monster that this inequality sustaining, unethical, polluting, profit driven system is? Isn’t it the government’s job to regulate the corporations who are taking too much from our natural resources and people?  

The answer is: Start with yourself.

Be the change you want to be. Be a tiger, not a sheep. Get out of self-defeating behaviour, create a nurturing environment where you can maximise your own potential. Find your own positive tribe. Educate yourself, lifelong. There’s a shitload on stunning & free qualitative content online: use it! At first it seems so overwhelming, but just keep going, step by step. Take care of your body, it’s the most exquisite vehicle you’ll ride with in your life. Eat well and work out. Meditate. Stop hiding behind all kind of arguments that you misguide yourself with, you really do have the strength to change. Shift from overconsumption to taking only what you need. Find satisfaction in yourself instead of seeking constant outer gratification. Try to profoundly connect offline. Live and love truly. Inspire others to do the same.

I could fill pages with this kind of advices but since there is a text limitation I’ll stop Jezusing around. I know I’ll put my best effort out there to support the collective consciousness shift, both in my private and professional life. This Erasmus experience is giving me the chance to create that path. Hopefully you, dear reader, will find your own way as well. Transform yourself, and the world will follow. Brighter than ever.

Text written in May 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

My name is Delphine and at the beginning of March I swept the land of the best fries and chocolate in the world for Madeira. So this better be worth it!

Besides my culinary interests I’m always hungry for new experiences.  Currently I’m taking part in the Madeiran Heritage program as a history teller. I like to sink my teeth into good books, have a healthy appetite for outdoor activities (running, hiking, water sports) and am always in for a good laugh and dance. I graduated in Visual Arts as a copywriter and art director, but I keep an open eye towards everything interesting moving this world.

For those who are still wondering about the first sentence: The land I’m talking about is Belgium, obviously :D.


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.