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The legend about Nibelungen

This well-known German legend is about the biggest treasure of the medieval.

All starts with Siegfried who is a knight. Siegfried discovers a cave and finds a dragon in it. The strong knight kills the dragon and goes deeper in the cave. There he finds a gnome of the Nibelungen and fights with him. After his victory he takes the big treasure of the gnome. 

Now he only needs a wife for his luck. He finds the right one at the king’s court of Worms. He wants to marry Kriemhild, the sister of king Gunther. The king only agrees because he needs him to master the tasks that Brynhild sets for him. Because Brynhild is the woman that King Gunther want to marry. And she would like to marry King Gunther only if he masters all the tasks, she gives him. Siegfried helps the king with a cap that makes him invisible and so he can marry his Kriemhild. Brynhild finds out that her husband King Gunther mastered the tasks with the help of Siegfried only and decides that Siegfried must die. She commissions Hagen, the king’s right hand, to kill Siegfried. He kills Siegfried on a hunting trip and steals the treasure of the Nibelungen. Hagen sinks this big treasure in the Rhine.

Some people say that 144 carloads of gold were sunk in the Rhine. This treasure would have to be worth hundreds of millions of euros. Unfortunately, Kriemhild let kill all who know the place of the treasure.

Text written in August 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

My name is Lena and I am 18 years old. I live in a small village in the west of Germany and before starting my EVS I finished my high school.


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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.

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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.