My brain has already registered many gorgeous memories, mostly during my free time when I was among the nature, especially in the mountains. As said Peter Croft, Canadian rock climber and mountaineer: There is such good stuff in the mountains. This stuff is free and you can take it for free. Rock star says that his first love is guitar, Sailor´s heart belong to the Ocean, and I can say that Mountains are my lover.
As a teenager I was very active scout, so walking with a backpack for the hours in the forest and hills was for me already well known, but I spent that time always with group of people.
During the summer, two years ago I started my single, very personal adventure with the mountains. I had many reasons and inspiration to challenge myself with that trip, but I won´t deny that I finally decided for it after watching a few movies, for example: Wild with Reese Witherspoon or Into the Wild, based on a book written by Jon Krakauer. I´ve spent 6 days in the wild Beskid Mountains, walked around 60 km with 60 l backpack.
I was sleeping in a tent on the campsite and day after I continued my walk. I started that trip as a silly girl, because I decided to walk without map (For what I need a map if I have app?). After 3 hours my phone was discharged and I get lost. After some time I arrived to the small shop in a village with a question: Excuse me, but where am I? Fortunately I met there a girl who said she can show me the way to come back on the hiking trail.
At the end I spent with her company lovely evening by the bonfire talking about advantages and risks when you hike alone and I received from her a map. The next day I started my trip more reasonable and I never again ignored the Mountains. I respect them because I love them.
On Madeira I am hiking usually with someone, never alone, but that´s fine. I continue my romance with the Mountains here, even if someone walk next to me. Mountains here are different then in Poland but they have also something special and I want to continue that romance here.
Beata Rymkiewicz, 25 years old, volunteer from Poland. Great fan of electronic music, architecture, flowers, dogs and British humour.
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.