My first experience of Portuguese food was on the flight to Madeira. I have to admit that I was disappointed when I first tried pastel de nata. But that was clearly the fault of the old ones which the flight attendants gave us. I have become a huge fan of them as soon as I tasted the freshly baked ones. By now I actually have to hold myself back, so I won’t buy every single one at the bakery. And not only pastel de natas, all pastries are alluring.
Another inevitable food is bolo do caco. I don’t think that I’ll ever have to try other bread, it is just too good. It has become a routine to go to our regular bakery to get an espresso before work or to get bolo da pizza later that night. Often both.
Before I came to Madeira I of course did some research, a lot about food to be honest. Madeira is famous for their black scabbard fish. It might not be a tasty looking fish but I was surprised how good it tastes when I had it for lunch at the university campus. I have yet to try the real deal at a restaurant.
I am excited to try and experience very kind of fruit, fish, bread and traditional food. I will never get enough of it.
Helmi Krappitz, volunteer from Germany, nature and food enthusiast.
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.