Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
gotosy

Sochi volunteers

Recommended Posts

London 2012 organizers to put Sochi volunteers through their own Olympics

The London 2012 organizing committee is coming to Russia to put Sochi volunteers through their own Olympics and select 100 candidates to take to Britain for next year's Summer Games.

A delegation headed by Andrew Newman, the head of the London 2012 volunteer scheme, will be in Sochi, host city of the 2014 Winter Games, from October 6-8, a Sochi 2014 spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Monday.

Three-hundred of Russia's best volunteers will be tested on basic skills such as English fluency, leadership, and understanding of the so-called Olympic values.

The top 100 volunteers will join the 70,000-strong force helping the athletes and visitors to the London Games next year, gaining expertise they are expected to transfer Sochi two years later.

The 200 volunteers not selected will receive training nonetheless.

A total of 26 volunteer centers across Russia will train 25,000 helpers to support the Sochi 2014 Games. A mass recruitment drive begins in February.

Volunteers will meet delegations at airports, work in hotels and media centers and assist athletes with their travel and possessions as well as helping coordinate anti-doping procedures.

http://en.ria.ru/sports/20110926/167141584.html

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sochi 2014 launches "VolunTour" advertising campaign

Before the start of the volunteer selection process to recruit 25,000 volunteers for the Games in Sochi, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has launched the "VolunTour" advertising and informational campaign. The plan is to attract up to 200,000 people to the vol.sochi2014.com website by the end of 2012. The campaign will be mainly online, with banners, planned viral projects, activity on social networking sites and other promotional tools. Outdoor advertising will also be used in 14 regions of the country; the adverts will be collages of "ideal" candidates for the Olympic and Paralympic volunteer teams with Olympic stadiums in the background. The campaign is aimed at people with a proactive attitude and first of all at young people who will be at least 18 by the time the Games open in Sochi.

...

more at:

http://sochi2014.com/en/sochi-live/news/44438/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The stoopid Sochi application doesn't specify you need to speak Russian...until you complete it and try to submit. There will be a lot of specialist Games-time volunteers without Russian--they'll be annoyed with the system.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The stoopid Sochi application doesn't specify you need to speak Russian...until you complete it and try to submit. There will be a lot of specialist Games-time volunteers without Russian--they'll be annoyed with the system.

Do you really have to know Russian? I know it's in Sochi and all, but how do they expect to attract enthusiastic volunteers from abroad if they have to learn Russian? The burden should be on the volunteer coordinators/organizers to know English instead, and make just ONE of knowledge of English or Russian a requirement.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee begins volunteer candidates’ interviews

The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, along with 26 Volunteer Centers, has begun recruiting candidates to become volunteers at the Sochi 2014 Games. Candidates, who have successfully passed the online tests at vol.sochi2014.com, will be invited to an interview. Candidates will be tested on their efficiency, their ability to cope under pressure and their commitment to the Games. Candidates will also be asked to demonstrate their language skills. Candidates selected during the interview stage will begin training, and eventually become volunteers for the Games in Sochi. In total, 25,000 volunteers are needed during the Games.

Candidates will receive their interview requests via email and where the meetings can’t take place face to face, applicants can conduct the interview remotely using Skype. Applicants still wishing to apply to become a Sochi 2014 volunteer at the Games can still – register on the Sochi 2014 website, vol.sochi2014.com!

Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate the reasons why they have applied to become a Sochi 2014 volunteer by answering questions about volunteering and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Questions will also be asked in English so candidates can demonstrate their language skills.

Applicants will be assessed by the number of points they receive, those who receive the highest points at the end of the interview, are likely to become volunteer team leaders at the Sochi Olympic Games. Volunteers who are involved in the Test Events between 2012-2013 will gain valuable experience working at a world-class sporting event ahead of the Games in Sochi.

Interviews will be conducted by staff from the Volunteer Centers and specially trained employees of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. Interviews will follow a specially designed format developed by recruitment industry professionals.

Notes to the editor

The training program for Olympic volunteers is one of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee’s most ambitious projects. An estimated 25 thousand volunteers will be involved during the Games in Sochi in more than 20 areas of activity, from meeting delegations at the airport to helping organize the Closing Ceremony. Approximately 3,000 volunteers trained in the city of Sochi will help visitors find their way between the venues and provide a warm and hospitable welcome. In total, volunteers will make up more than 30% of the total number of Games staff.

Volunteer selection will take place at 26 Volunteer Centers, set up within some of Russia's educational institutions, which were selected by tender.

Anyone is eligible to become a Sochi 2014 volunteer provided they are between the ages of 18-80 by January 6, 2014. To date, almost 85,000 people have submitted applications on the Sochi 2014 website, vol.sochi2014.com. In terms of the number of applications, the Krasnodar Region is a head (with over 13,000 applications), this is followed by Moscow and the Moscow Region (over 8,500 applications) and St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region (over 4000). Among the most popular areas of activity are event services for various events, so far there have been almost 8000 applications. Sochi 2014 has received 5,000 applications to work as a translator and 4,500 applications to volunteer for services and services at the ceremonies.

http://www.sochi2014...ive/news/46377/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do you really have to know Russian? I know it's in Sochi and all, but how do they expect to attract enthusiastic volunteers from abroad if they have to learn Russian? The burden should be on the volunteer coordinators/organizers to know English instead, and make just ONE of knowledge of English or Russian a requirement.

Uhmmmm. The host is a non-English speaking country. OK, if English is spoken within the SOCOG circles. But you would have to negotiate for your own housing; find the bus routes. What if you have to go to the pharmacy or the hospital, etc.,etc.? U'ed be incredibly naive to expect people outside the official SOCOG circles to speak English just to make it easy for the foreign volunteer. :rolleyes: I believe foreign volunteers in Beijing, unless they had previous local connections, had a helluva a time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sochi 2014 volunteers learn from London 2012 experience

Volunteers from Sochi 2014 have now completed their work at the Olympic Games in London.

They and the thousands of home volunteers – all known as Games Makers because of the importance of their work – were praised for their role in making London 2012 a truly great Games.

Sochi sent 80 volunteers from Russia to London, who collectively completed 1,000 shifts totaling 8,000 hours.

As well as supporting the London 2012 Organising Committee team, the Games provided Sochi volunteers with some excellent work experience in a diverse range of activities – from translating at press conferences to accompanying athletes to the doping control area.

Of the Sochi volunteers' involvement at London 2012, Sochi 2014 President and chief executive Dmitry Chernyshenko said: "Sochi 2014 has every right to be proud of its volunteer team.

...

http://www.insidethe...rom-london-2012

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do you really have to know Russian? I know it's in Sochi and all, but how do they expect to attract enthusiastic volunteers from abroad if they have to learn Russian? The burden should be on the volunteer coordinators/organizers to know English instead, and make just ONE of knowledge of English or Russian a requirement.

Aside from the languages used in ceremonies and in sporting venues (English, French and the local language), the "business language" of the Games is almost always the local language. Most of the public will be Russian as will be most of the workforce. If there's an emergency the language will be Russian, followed by English and French.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are a lot of people around the world who speak Russian, starting from the countries of the former Eastern block (East of Germany, Poland, etc.). I don't think this constraint would create a shortage of international volunteers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sochi Volunteer Visa Law Approved

633175889.jpg

© RIA Novosti. Alexander Wilf

MOSCOW, November 28 (R-Sport) - Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday approved a bill simplifying visa procedures for foreign volunteers at the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The legislation would halve visa processing times for the as-yet unknown portion of the 25,000 volunteers to come from abroad.

The bill now goes to President Vladimir Putin for signing into law.

http://en.rsport.ru/.../633175796.html

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Begins Volunteer Recruitment Countdown

05 December 2012

To mark International Volunteer Day, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced the closing date for volunteer applications. Candidate registration will finish on 1st March 2013. On Sochi 2014s website, www.vol.sochi2014.com, a countdown mechanism has appeared, counting down the days left to apply to become a volunteer.

To date the Sochi 2014 volunteer program has been very successful: there have been over 140,000 applications, and the Organizing Committee has chosen more than 80% of the candidates as volunteers for the Winter Games of 2014.

During the 2012-2013 season, five thousand volunteers will attend training by taking part in the sports test events in Sochi, organized with the participation of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. In total the volunteers of the Organizing Committee will work over 50,000 shifts and will be some of the first to see the Olympic tracks and stadiums. One of their key learnings will be working in conditions that will closely resemble those at the actual Games. Volunteers will share the knowledge they received with their colleagues from all 26 Sochi 2014 volunteer centers across Russia.

...

http://www.sochi2014.com/mobileen/news/62910/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Announces Applications to Volunteer are Closed


1 march 2013


The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced that the application process to volunteer at the 2014 Games in Sochi has closed. The submission process began on 7th February 2012, via the official website www.vol.sochi2014.com. The Sochi 2014 Volunteer Program turned out to be successful, with approximately 200,000 applications submitted fr om those wanting to make their mark on Olympic history. There were approximately 8 applicants for each volunteer position available.


About 21,000 applications have come from 101 foreign countries – the most active were Great Britain, USA and Canada (more than 2000 applications from each of these countries).


The majority of submissions came from individuals between the ages of 17 to 22. Elderly volunteers (over 55) also expressed their desire to work at the Games in Sochi, entering approximately 3,000 applications. Games Organizers received entries from across the whole Russia but particularly the Krasnodar region, Moscow and the Moscow district and Saint Petersburg saw the highest number of applicants. Applications were submitted by both sexes; 65.5% of applicants were women and 34.5% were men.


The most desired positions were: Event Services, Transport, Sport, Ceremonies and Language Services. The training of volunteers will occur throughout Russia, commencing on the 11th of March.


The main job of accepting and processing applications fell to the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee's 26 Volunteer Centers, located in 17 cities across Russia. Despite the large inflow of applications, all of the centers effectively processed the applications, and are now ready to conduct a unique, innovative training program on their grounds for all Games volunteers who passed the complex selection process.


During the 2012-13 season, 5,000 of the future 2014 Games volunteers will acquire work experience at the Test Events that are currently being organized with the support of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.


The volunteers will work over 50,000 shifts and will be among the first to see the Olympic slopes and stadiums. They will also gain a unique insight into what it will be like during the Games. They will then pass this onto other volunteers at the 26 Volunteer Centers around the country.


The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, noted:


"The volunteer selection program helped us as Games organizers to resolve an issue literally of a national scale by giving a powerful push to the development of the Volunteer Movement in Russia. Even today it has reached a new level, and has encouraged people to apply to become volunteers. Not only did we pick candidates, but we also created a volunteer selection, preparation and training system that is unique to Russia and which will definitely become an important part of our Olympic legacy. I am sure that the 2014 Games will encourage volunteer activity amongst Russia's residents in the future."


Elderly volunteer Tamara Dolgushevskaya, Saint Petersburg:


"Volunteer work gives me an opportunity to realize my dream of helping other people. I don't just give a lot to this work, but I get a lot from it, too. At the Games in London, I formed new friendships, I saw how people live in other cities and even in another country, and I got to know their culture's customs and characteristics. Since then, as I work as a Sochi 2014 volunteer, I don't have to get bored - I get to share my experiences with other volunteers of my age”


Volunteer Ksenia Fedorova, Moscow:


"I have been volunteering for more than ten years, and the opportunity to see how major sport competitions are organized and staged is an invaluable experience. Learning and interacting with Olympic and Paralympic champions show that anything is possible if you

with other volunteers. It opened up an opportunity to associate with athletes and people who, like me, value and understand what volunteer activity is all about. It is an honor to take part in the preparations for the Sochi 2014 Games.


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sochi 2014 Volunteer Team unveiled

09/12/2013

The 25,000-strong Sochi 2014 Volunteer Team made its debut during a presentation ceremony held on 5 December, International Volunteer Day.

The majority of the volunteers are from the Krasnodor region of Russia, including 24 per cent from Sochi, 11 per cent from Moscow and 7 per cent from St Petersburg.

The average age of volunteers is 25, with 60 per cent of these being men and 40 per cent women. In the “silver” age group of 928 volunteers, the average age is 62.

The volunteers include approximately 2,000 foreign nationals. A majority are from the United States (10 per cent), with Ukraine (9 per cent), Canada, UK and Kazakhstan (8 per cent) citizens making up significant numbers too. But there are also volunteers from other regions, with several coming from Japan, New Zealand, Cameroon, Congo and New Zealand.

The majority of the volunteers will arrive on the 21 and 27 January. About 60 per cent of them will work at the Olympic Coastal Cluster venues, primarily at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, with 40 per cent being based at the Mountain Cluster venues.

They will be involved in more than 20 areas of work, ranging from meeting delegates at airports to helping to organise the Closing Ceremony. About 3,000 volunteers will help guests navigate between venues.

Former Winter Olympic champion and Sochi 2014 Ambassador, Tatiana Navka, said: “I would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work. Volunteers should be diligent, committed and knowledgeable of the area, but most importantly, willing to make every guest, spectator, and athlete feel welcome. Of course, volunteers not only help run the Games, but also cheer up the athletes and spectators with their energetic attitude.”

Volunteer Brovko Sergey added: “As part of the Sochi 2014 family of volunteers, I will have a first-hand experience shaping and taking part in the Olympic Games. Last season, I was involved in the test events and I am proud to continue contributing to Russia’s hosting of this major sporting event.”

IOC

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can't post a link (it won't let me), but the volunteers have now descended on Sochi. From looking a few posts above, it appears only 1 out of 8 applicants were selected as volunteers. I had no idea it was that hard. 23,000 Russians and only 2,000 foreigners.

Is anyone on these boards a volunteer?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...