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Asproni, Motzo, Arborea

My long journey into the Italian high school system, through dreams, changes and troubles.

Except for the very first years of elementary and middle school, I have never been a model student; I really cannot say that I always studied hard during my 6 years of high school, even if I have always had a decent ability to understand at first glance.

For various reasons I have found myself changing several classes, courses and school. Moreover I had to repeat one year, the third one, but in any case I always had to study during the summer the subjects that I didn’t pass during the year. All these things for sure didn’t help my nature of being constantly distracted from the world around me.

On the first year I attended the Liceo Asproni of Nuoro, a city in the centre of Sardinia, a course that in Italy is called “Liceo classico”, mainly based on humanistic subjects, whose main areas were Latin and Ancient Greek. Soon I understood that really wasn’t my field, so the following year I changed for the “Liceo linguistico”, mostly studying English, Spanish and French.

Just before the beginning of the third year of school I moved with all my family from Gavoi, my hometown, to the south of the island, in Cagliari, the main Sardinian city. There I started a new life, in a new school with new friends. I attended the Liceo Motzo in the very same year I decided to participate to the AFS exchange project. I passed all the selections and I was supposed to spend one year in Costa rica, but eventually I had to renounce it, because of my low academic records. I didn’t pass the classes and in September I had to repeat from the beginning of that academic year.

After the only real promotion of the following year, I decided to change school again, choosing the Liceo Arborea, in the same city. This journey lasted not so long either, since in January I dropped out of school, but I came back just in time to take the GED, headed to the last year of school, when I returned to the Motzo.

I passed the final exam with a high grade, 85 out of 100, some sort of payback for all that odyssey. 

Text written in June 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer

My name is Marco, I’m 20 and I come from Sardinia, the second biggest Italian island. I would like to work in music in the future, even if I’m not really sure where and how.


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.