History of Madeira in Portugal

The University of Madeira Students’ Union (AAUMa) in Portugal, is looking for an Irish volunteer starting on 2nd of July for a period of 7 months.

 EVS in Portugal History of Madeira

About the organisation

 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. Last year, through the contribution of everyone involved (EVS volunteers, portuguese volunteers and staff-members of Students’ Union) ,the Madeiran Heritage program received two national-level awards: a National University Volunteering Award and a National Award for Good Practices in Youth Associativism.

Portrayed as “one of the most remarkable buildings that exists on the island” by historian and professor Rui Carita, the Jesuits’ College of Funchal is the stage of a cultural and scientific awareness project lead by the Students’ Union, meant for, both, local residents and visitors of the region.

Volunteer’s role

The main tasks of the volunteer will include to: 

  • Collaborate in Students’ Union attractions by performing guided tours or assisting the visitors in the service points (25 weekly hours);
  • 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 Students’ Union, as well as proposing possible projects and activities to undertake as personal projects.


 The volunteer should: 

  • Intermediate English level (B1)
  • proactive, communicative and motivated to take part in a project with a strong focus on investigation, interaction with the public and with a structured daily routine


The chosen volunteer will share a room (double or triple) at the University of Madeira’s Student Residence, which is about 15-20 minutes (walking distance) from the workplaces. In their room, the volunteers will have a shared closet, bathroom, desk, chair and bookcase, as well as Internet access.

All the expenses related to the accommodation are covered by the host organization.

Additionally, each volunteer will receive a food allowance and pocket money on a monthly basis.

The chosen volunteers will be enrolled by their sending organization to insurance which covers the complete duration of their mobility.

 Volunteers must be 18-30 years old.


If you are interested in this project, please fill out VSI application form and send it to mateja@vsi.ie. Deadline for application is 15 June 2018.


The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an EU funded programme that gives young people (aged 18 to 30) the opportunity to volunteer in an organisation abroad. The funding covers travel expenses to and from the project as well as accommodation, food, a small personal allowance (”pocket money”), insurance, language training and local transport during the project.