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I have been doing some reading

Reflection. Often by the sea

A place I believe often visited by artists… Poets… Suicidal men, in Madeira.

Something about the sea, it makes you think… It allows you to breathe… To breathe allows expression. Sailors often say it makes you feel free.

But with this freedom comes a price also. The artist, the poet, the brickwork ghost often recount the experience of not being able to write from a point of happiness, for it is oppression, the lashings of Judas that cause one to crucify themselves PUBLICLY.

As has been shown in the churches, the people, the icons we have all become so familiar with.

The concept of the crucifixion is such a powerful one, Jesus was in many ways a poet. Writing his name in blood on fennel wood. The perfect form of art. Love is the perfect form of suicide.

Madeira is beautiful, inspiring such texts as this. Madeira is lovely.

Even so far from home you find the four walls that you are so accustomed to, even maybe realising they are no longer there.

As a sheperd, or a wolf… You easily identify those who are not familiar with even he concept of these walls. But if you know. If you see like they see – the poets, the artists, the sewer sigh dull men – then you see the walls.

If you see like them. If you see as I see, and you DO infact see like I see.

Then you cannot ignore the walls.

You cannot sleep, because sheep do not jump over this wall they run straight into it – over and over cracking their skullls ine by one with brain trauma brain trauma brain trauma brain trauma.

Butting heads is one hell of a symphony to fall asleep to, or wake up to, whatever they claim the difference is these days.

So far from the lair, a wizard finds themselves petting its dragons, counting its cards and stirring its witches brew.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Jardel Rodrigues, a volunteer from Manchester with interest in writing, sport and music.


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.

European Voluntary Service

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.