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.
Working hours and days off:
The volunteers will contribute with a maximum of 35 hours and they will have 2 days off per week (usually weekends). If they need to work during the weekends (special events or excursions, special campaigns, etc.), they will have the opportunity to take those days off on other terms. They will also receive days off during national holidays.
The volunteer has the right of 2 days of holidays per working month. The holidays need to be requested and agreed with the project coordinator at least two weeks in advance. In any case, the extra days off cannot surpass the total of 2 working days per month.
The volunteers will be enrolled to Portuguese language course at the OLS Platform.
The local transportation costs of the volunteers necessary for the activities implementation will be covered 100% by the Receiving Organization from the project budget.
Alles over dit project
The activities developed by the volunteer under this project include:
- Collaborate in AAUMa’s attractions by performing guided tours or assisting the visitors in the service points;
- To research scientific articles, chapters and excerpts of technical and scientific publications in the field of social sciences (5 weekly hours);
- Writing articles for advertising on various platforms, both on paper and digital;
- Performing translations of scientific documents;
- Collaborate in the organization and promotion of exhibitions and other cultural activities;
- Take part in On-arrival and Mid-Term trainings, held by the Erasmus+ Portuguese National Agency;
- To promote and to participate in other activities developed by AAUMa, as well as proposing possible projects and activities to undertake as personal projects.
- Willingness to learn Portuguese
- Interested in working with tourists.
- interested in history
- Able to take own initiative
- Interested in Portuguese culture
The volunteer will receive money for their breakfast, lunch and dinner (for every day) each month, directly from the hosting organization, in total of 199,95 €. For the working days, the volunteer chooses between ordering the meals through the HO or receiving the equivalent money of those meals.
The University of Madeira Students’ Union (AAUMa) has an agreement with the Social Services of the University of Madeira, so volunteers will be accommodated in University Residence located in the centre of Funchal, in a few minutes by walk from their working place. Volunteers will have free Wi-Fi connection, access to a common kitchen with freezers, microwave, individual lockers, tables and chairs and containers of waste, access to a common living room and also to a laundry with washing and dry machines
The rooms must be shared with other roommates of the same sex (2 or 3 people in one room). Each room has a wardrobe, a desk, a lamp and a chair per occupant, a mini-fridge, blankets and a pillow and a private bathroom with basics utensils.
Waarom kiezen voor Eastpackers?
Er zijn wel een aantal voorwaarden verbonden aan deelname aan dit project. Je moet tussen de 18 en 30 jaar oud zijn, minimaal 6 en liefst 9 maanden beschikbaar zijn (voor andere projecten is dit soms anders) en gemotiveerd zijn om full-time vrijwilligerswerk te doen in Portugal.