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Goethe and Schiller monument

A monument of friendship.

Goethe and Schiller were probably the most famous poets of Germany. The monument of them is situated in the city of culture: Weimar. You find the statue in front of the national theatre, an important building for the history of Germany.

The statue was erected in 1857 and was made from Ernst Rietschel, a German sculptor. He used the iron of Turkish canons from the battle of Navarino to make this statue. 

The statue is showing Goethe and Schiller next to each other. They are both depicted in the same size, although Goethe was actually much smaller than Schiller. Behind the two is a stump of a German oak tree.

It symbolizes their attachment to Germany. Goethe has his one hand lightly on the shoulder of Schiller and on the other hand he reaches him a laurel wreath.

Schiller grabs the wreath and on his other hand, he is holding a scroll. Both have their eyes set on the distance and look over the viewers of the statue.

Goethe and Schiller lived in Weimar at the end of the 18th – beginning of the 19th century. They weren`t friends from the beginning, but after a few years, a very close friendship develops. After the dead of Schiller Goethe said, he had lost half of himself. 

The two poets were not only very close in their private lives but also in their work. Together they shaped the period of the Weimar Classic and are still a sign of the city of Weimar today.

The text was written in December 2019.
Short bio of the volunteer:

My name is Alina. I am19 years old and a part of the Madeira Heritage Project.
I finished high school at home and looking forward to studying psychology when I am back in Germany.
In my free time, I love it to do some sportive activities and to discover Madeira Island with my friends.



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.