Approximately 250 millions of people speaks this language. After Brazil the countries where the Portuguese is used are Mozambique, Angola and Portugal.
Contrary of a lot of people thinks the Spanish isn’t the closest language. The origin of this comes from the Galician-Portuguese that was spoken in the old Kingdom of Galicia and in the north of Portugal. With the creation of the Kingdom of Portugal back in the 12th century, and the consequent expansion to the south of the Iberian Peninsula and later on to South America and Africa, the Portuguese became international, there was the beginning of it importance.
An aftereffect of this global existence the Portuguese started to be influenced by the languages that previously existed in the areas that the portuguese conquered. As a result of this the tongue was enriched with word from different origins, as is Arabic, the local languages of the natives of Brazil and the African languages.
The importance remains nowadays as the UNESCO recognizes that the Portuguese is after Spanish and English the language that grows the most in Europe. Besides the projection for Africa and South America give us the idea how important would be in the near future. As a language used in countries that are in constant evolution. Brazil is the best example to take care about the importance of knowing and recognizing the future of the Portuguese.
Borja Gandia Bernia, EVS volunteer from Alzira, Spain, is a former student of History and has a Master in Management of Cultural Heritage of the University of Valencia. Currently is a tour guide for AAUMa.
Erasmus+ is a programme 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 programme 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, 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.