Throughout its existence, it has been often a site for major historical events.
Currently, this 18th-century neoclassical monument is considered as a symbol of turbulent German history as well as European unity and peace.
The building is located in the western part of the city and it faces Pariser Platz, regarded as one of the city’s most attractive squares.
It is the entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees, which led directly to the royal City Palace. It was designed by the German artist Carl Gotthard Langhans and was built from 1788 to 1791.
It was damaged in 1945 during II World Was and after all, reconstructed from 1956 to 1957. This 26-meters high monument was inspired by the Propylaea in Athens’ Acropolis and is crowned with a 5-meter copper sculpture of Victoria-the Goddess of Victory.
The Brandenburg Gate never closes, it is part of memorable events and is a magnet for locals and tourists every day.
The text was written in December 2019.
I am a volunteer in Germany, freshly arrived in Madeira. I just finished High School and I am looking forward to seven months of volunteering in the History Tellers project. I love to play tennis or doing other kinds of sports.
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.