-One example of this is my adaptability that it has improved in both the biggest to the smallest things, adapting to a new country, new city, new food and new culture, adapting to the customs and culture of each one who is around me all the time.
-Another quite good example of this is something that I called “exchange of patience”. It’s because sometimes you have to be patient and sometimes they have to be patient with you. For instance, sometimes I need the patience of my bosses when they explain me something and I don’t understand , and sometimes I have to be patient with someone when I’m trying to explain something.
-Another example is my capacity to do new friends. Something that I have learned is how to get over the differences of the language and languages, because differences are easily found even in the same language, and it is necessary to use the “exchange of patience”.
-Another example are my skills, because I learned that improving my skills is a long process which requires a long time, and sometimes this is not as fast as you wish, and sometimes it could become in something boring but at the end you must realize that this is necessary it will be good for you. For me, it is about my language skills, be exactly my Portuguese skills.
Those are just some examples that something very interesting that I learned during the training, or I should say that I realized during this.
And I also want to say that the training was one of the most interesting things that happened during my stay here in Madeira, because there, we learned the importance of our job, the meaning of being a European volunteer, and how good is our project (regarding European parameters).
Andrés Espinosa, learning without knowing that you’re doing it.
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