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One of the most famous sportswomen in Poland is Anna Lewandowska.

People have been practicing sports since forever. Well, not all people as women were not allowed to watch or participate in the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. The first modern Games did not allow women to compete either. In 1928, women were prohibited from running more than 200 meters, extensive running supposedly caused premature aging. Fortunately, now in 2016 women have been competing in nearly all sport disciplines for a very long time now, despite all the obstacles they have had to face.

One of the most famous sportswomen in Poland is Anna Lewandowska. She is not only famous for being the wife of a famous Polish footballer Robert Lewandowski. She is primarily an athlete and world champion, multiple medalists of the European and Polish championships in traditional karate.
She was born in Łódź to Bogdan Stachurski and his wife Maria. Lewandowska is a graduate of the Physical Education Faculty at the Warsaw School of Physical Education and Postgraduate Studies.

In 2012 she defended her thesis and became a graduated sports manager and nutritionist. During her career, she won three medals in the world championships seniors, six European Championships medals in different age categories (including two European Championships seniors), and 29 Polish Championship medals. In September 2013, she won the title of a Nutrition specialist. She started the blog Healthy Plan by Ann and opened her own company.

Anna is currently a founder and creator of the Healthy Team. The project Healthy Plan By Ann gathers a team of qualified trainers, instructors, nutritionists, specialists and enthusiasts of healthy and sporty life, from Poland and other countries. Lewandowska is also a president of the brand Foods by Ann, creating healthy products of the highest quality.

The goal of the brand is to identify the right food habits and to show that a healthy product does not have to be associated with sacrifice. Ania Lewandowska, together with her husband – Robert Lewandowski, supports many pro-social and charitable initiatives, especially those whose beneficiaries are children and people in need. She is a President of the Special Olympics Poland, it’s main activity is the organization of training and sports competitions for people with intellectual disabilities and also an Ambassador of the “Cała Polska czyta dzieciom” (All of Poland Reads to Kids) campaign.

The text was written in October 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Danuta Brzozowska, a volunteer from Poland who likes to ride a bike and play tennis.

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is a program 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 program 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 (KA3) 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.