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Summer in Bonn

The former capital of Western Germany.

Geographically, it lays in the western part of Germany and about 300 000 people live there.  

In summer you can do lots of exciting things there. 

For example, you can go to a swimming pool and Picknick there with your friends. If you rather swim in a natural lake you can drive to the Steinbachtalsperre which is about 45 minutes away.

Besides that, you could also take a walk along the Rhine River and later on play football in the Rheinaue or eat some barbecue.

The Rheinaue is a big park around the river initially created for the national garden show in 1979.  This year, as we celebrate the European Championship, you can also find some nice places for public viewing. 

If you are more interested in cultural activities, you can visit the old town of Bonn and the city center. 

There you can visit the birthhouse of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven as well as the Bonner Münster a church right on the main square.

It is one of Germany’s oldest churches, having been built between the 11th and 13th centuries. At one point the church even served as the cathedral for the Archbishopric of Cologne. However, the Minster is now a minor basilica.

If you enjoy hiking you can visit the Siebengebirge (Seven Mountains). 

The area, located in the municipalities of Bad Honnef and Königswinter, consists of more than 40 hills. The hills are of ancient volcanic origin and came into being between 28 and 15 million years ago.

Much of the territory covered by Seven Hills belongs to the Seven Hills Nature Park (Naturpark Siebengebirge), which is under environmental protection.

The highest peak is the Ölberg at 460 meters above sea level. It is a popular tourist destination for hiking, because of its natural environment.

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

My name is Lavinia Haas. I finished high school last year in June and now I am doing a European voluntary service in Madeira for seven months.



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.