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Thomas Rӧhler

From no one to the best one!

On 30 September 1991, Thomas Rӧhler was born as a normal boy with a big dream: he wants to join the Olympic Games one day.
He grows up in Jena, a beautiful little city in the middle of Germany. Here he was going to a sports school and has done some different athletic disciplines, like high jumping.

In 2009 at the age of 17, he took a decision, which would change his whole life: he starts javelin throw. In this year, his personal was 52.96 meters.

He trains a lot because he started to love this discipline and thought, that this could be his possibility to come closer to his dream of the Olympics. In the next year, he almost reached 76 meters and this was a large improvement!

In the following years, Rӧhler started at many big competitions, like the German Championships. There he got 5 times gold and 2 times silver – in ten years! But he was never resting on his results because he focused on his biggest dream: the Olympic Games.

In 2016, this dream should come true: he won the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at 90.30 meters!

In the next year, he reached his absolute personal best at this time: 93.90 meters.

Nowadays he is still in his athletic club LC Jena and trains the next generation. But he self didn`t stop being an athlete. His next goal is the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

The text was written in October 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Alina, 19 years old and for 2 months a part of the Madeira Heritage Project.
I finished high school at home and looking forward to studying psychology when I am back home.
In my free time, I love it to do some sportive activities and to discover Madeira Island with my friends.


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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.

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.

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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.