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The Rise of Marco Büchel

Marco Büchel is a former professional ski racer from Fürstentum Liechtenstein. He was born on the 4th of November 1971 in Walenstadt (Switzerland), not far from Liechtenstein.

He is a citizen of both Liechtenstein and Switzerland and grew up in the former, in the town of Balzers (southernmost town of Liechtenstein). He currently lives in Triesenberg, one of the most beautiful towns in Liechtenstein.

He contested in his first Worldcup race in January of 1991. His skills steadily improved over the upcoming years and he was able to finish in the top ten of a WorldCup race in 1997. By further continuing in honing his skills he managed to land several second and third-place finishes in the following time.

In 1999 he became the vice world champion in the giant slalom.

On top of that, he also won four WorldCup races, placed second in the Super-G-Worldcup of 2002/2003 and additionally placed second place at the Downhill-Worldcup in 2006/2007.

Furthermore, he participated in the Winter Olympics six times, while also achieving good results.

He is/was the double world record holder for being the oldest victor of a world cup race in 2006 (Downhill, Lake Louise) and 2008 (Kitzbühel) respectively. He still holds the world record for the world cup race in Lake Louise.

Marco retired from his successful career after the 11th of March 2010, on which date he competed on his last world cup race.

You can still watch him on German television channel ZDF, where he has been using his professional expertise to cast races as a racing analyst since 2010.

Additionally, he is also casting various sports broadcasts for different radio- and TV stations. He got elected as Liechtensteins Sportsman of the year eight times. He also is the athletic ambassador for Right to Play, which is an organization for development assistance.
The text was written in October 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Claudio, a volunteer from  Liechtenstein.


Erasmus+ is a program 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 program 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.