The only thing that most people know from Cologne are carnival, of course, and the Cologne Cathedral.
The construction of this cathedral began in 1248. Today it is somehow unfinished. Be it because of financial reasons, unclear orders or mysterious appearances. There are many legends about that unfinished cathedral in the heart of Cologne.
Today the Cathedral is famous because of one of its windows, which was built by a famous Cologne artist. And of course, you shall never forget that the bones of the three holy men are buried in that cathedral.
As you can see a lot of legends and histories are growing around that monument.
But some facts that we know for sure are: that it is still unfinished, and may be like that forever, that it is of roman-catholic belief, that it had the largest free-swing bell for a really long time until another one had been invented (in Cologne parlance: the “Decke Pitter”) and that you have to climb around 550 stairs if you want to climb to its highest point (which, to speak from experience, is very exhausting).
The text was written in December 2019.
I am Marli from Cologne, Germany. I just arrived at Madeira after finishing my supervisor’s activity in a kid’s camp. Now I am here and find it absolutely stunning!
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.
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.