ESC in Madeira (Portugal)


ESC in Madeira (Portugal)

Eastpackers is looking for volunteers who want to share their passion for history to tourists on the beautiful island of Madeira, Portugal. 

A walk through the History of Madeira is a project that intends to present the culture, history, and heritage of Madeira through guided tours and other cultural activities such as exhibitions or fado concerts. Throughout the last few years, the University of Madeira Students’ Union (AAUMa) has been developing several initiatives with a heavy focus on Tourism and Culture, under the Madeiran Heritage program. These initiatives are also directly connected with its social support programmes, which help the local community of Madeira. Through the contribution of everyone involved (EVS volunteers, Portuguese volunteers, and staff members of AAUMa), the Madeiran Heritage program received two national-level awards: a National University Volunteering Award and a National Award for Good Practices in Youth Associativism.

The guided tours take place across Funchal in several locations such as the Historical City Centre, the City Hall, the Jesuits’ College, the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, the Legislative Assembly of Madeira, the Santa Clara Monastery, Saint Peter’s Church and to Quinta Vigia (the Official Residence of the Regional Government).

By accompanying the visitors and presenting the history of these sites, the volunteer has an active role in the project which will enable him/her to acquire a specific set of skills and competencies, from linguistic abilities to time management and public speaking, as well as awareness of European values, such as tolerance and cultural diversity.

Aside from the attractions, there is a connection between the project and the social support programmes developed by AAUMa which enable various endeavours such as the refurbishment of the University of Madeira, providing school supplies and daily meals to less fortunate students or acquiring scientific publications for the library of the University of Madeira. By performing the guided tours and explaining their purpose to the guests, the volunteer assumes a very important role in the promotion of these social support programmes.


For more information about the Madeiran Heritage program, you can check this webpage.

Information about ESC opportunities:

This organization is going to host new ESC volunteers from March 2023 onwards.
You can apply anytime through this platform (“Prospective volunteers” section).

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Waarom kiezen voor Eastpackers?

  • Eastpackers begeleidt Nederlandse jongeren kosteloos bij het vinden van een EU gefinancierd vrijwilligerswerkproject.

  • Ervaren mentoren die altijd voor je klaar staan.

  • Wij zijn flexibel: geen vaste deadlines, geen onzekerheid

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