Sochi seeks volunteers

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Two years before the start of the Games, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has announced its volunteer recruitment programme.

Anyone between the ages of 18–80 (on 6 January 2014) will be eligible to become a Sochi 2014 volunteer. Over 200, 000 registered bids are expected on the official website, vol. sochi2014. com, with an estimated eight applicants per position. Different events will be held all over the country with participation of 26 Sochi 2014 volunteer centers to mark the start of the volunteers recruitment. The most important event will be organized in Sochi at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Krasnaya Polyana. In the presence of Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Kozak, volunteers will set on fire a giant heart (1. 2 m x 1. 2 m) which has already become a symbol of the Sochi 2014 volunteer movement. Also the volunteers will hand to each other a small burning heart, they hope it will become a nice tradition which will help to promote participation in the volunteer movement and increase a number of good deeds. Persons willing to become volunteers should complete a form at vol. sochi2014. com from 7 February 2012. Then, according to a chosen activity area and region of residence, the bid will be submitted in one of 26 volunteer centers Sochi 2014 situated all over the country. During several days the applicant will get the registration acknowledgement. The applicants whose bids will totally satisfy the requirements mentioned at vol. sochi2014. com will be invited to a selection interview. The President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, noted:" Why should volunteers come to Sochi? Because it is the only chance in the whole life!And because, if they come to Sochi, they will not just get nice volunteer uniform, but also the chance to see their sports idols. The best of the best, chosen through competition, will be involved in a great historical event, which they will remember for their whole lives. " Sochi 2014 partners actively support the start of mass volunteers recruitment. Ingosstrakh will insure life of Sochi 2014 volunteers. MegaFon will provide them with mobile connection; the company has also created and supports the volunteer call–center. BOSCO SPORT will provide the volunteers with uniform for the test events that start in December, 2012, and for the Olympic Games correspondingly. Atos has worked out and supports the IT system of volunteers management. Rostelecom provides telecommunication services for this system. EF English First checks candidates English level and will teach volunteers Olympic English. Detech company is responsible for the psychological testing of the candidates, and specialists of the Exect company will teach volunteers to work in the team. Note for the editorThe program of Olympic volunteers preparation is one of the most widespread projects of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. An estimated 25, 000 volunteers will work during the Games in Sochi in more than 20 areas, including meeting and greeting the delegations at the airport and helping to organize the closing ceremony. In addition, around 3, 000 volunteers, trained in the City of Sochi, will help visitors attending the Games to travel among the venues and ensure that they are given a welcoming and friendly reception. In total, volunteers will form more than 30% of the overall Games workforce. Volunteers will be recruited via 26 volunteer centers, created within Russian educational institutions selected on a competitive basis. In 2012–2013 the volunteers will come through selection and training as well as practical training for working at the 2014 Games in the framework of the test competitions. In February 2011 selected volunteers were worked in Sochi during the Alpine Skiing European Cup.

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