Even if life here goes slowly, I try to spend all my free time very active instead of lie flat on the beach only. I am not good if I miss one weekend without doing any hiking trail. You do something for the first time, and then repeat again and again and that´s how you are addicted then.
My first time with THAT drugs was on the first weekend of April. It was first hitchhike-experience (on the Island), viewpoint on Pico do Arieiro, hiking from Porto da Cruz to Machico with the camping on Prainha Beach, then hiking to São Lourenço and hitchhike with very old school Jeep to Funchal with refreshing Nikita´s drink at the end. Yes, that was definitely hard drug for me, and from this time I just can´t stop.
I think it´s very easy to be addicted here. Who wouldn´t be after kilometres of relaxing levada walks with waterfall at the end where you can swim, long walk in the fog on Fanal, see all the biggest mountains on Boca da Corrida walk to Curral das Freiras and eat at the end figs for free from abandoned orchard, camping with the best sky full of stars in Boaventura or by the lighthouse in Ponta do Pargo with a sunset by the Ocean? Here you have the answer.
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.