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Although Liechtenstein is tiny, on its 160 square kilometers area there are still a lot of activities you can do in summer.

One of the most prominent and popular activities in summer is to go hiking in Malbun. Malbun is part of the municipality of Triesenberg, a town the lies above the Rhein-Valley and above most of the other towns of Liechtenstein.


Malbun lies at about 1600 meters above the sea.

It offers many many different routes to go hiking. The hikes can take you up to the most beautiful mountains, giving you the most astonishing views you can imagine.

There are different types of difficulties in the hiking routes, offering the ideal experience for newcomers and veteran-hikers alike.

Malbun itself also offers some of the best restaurants the country has to offer; namely, the Vögele and Turna, which cook delicious traditional dishes and also perfect to go to for a cold drink after a long hike.

As for another popular activity during summer; If you still feel like you have some energy left after the hike, you can for example chase down the well-preserved serpentine streets with a bike, all the way down to the valley.

You have to race 1’150 meters in altitude before you reach the Rhein-valley where the rest of Liechtenstein is located.

And of course, you can also go swimming in summer. Liechtenstein offers various different opportunities for that. For example there is the artificially created ‘Grossabünt’-lake in Gamprin, which still is quite new, although quite small.

Additionally, there is an open-air swimming pool with slides and high springboards in Vaduz.

And if you really brave, there is also the Rhein river to take a dip in, be warned though that even in the hottest days the water is still very cold. 

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

My name is Wenzel and I am 19 years old. I live in Liechtenstein, which is a very small country between Austria and Switzerland. Before starting my EVS, I finished my high school.

 

Erasmus+

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.