The Sochi Olympics kick off next February, and thousands of volunteers are eager to get started.
“You have to feel all the grandeur of such events to understand why one wants to become a volunteer," said Tatyana Taramzhenina, 72, who also worked at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. “There is a unique atmosphere, boiling emotions, sporting events.”
Becoming an Olympic volunteer is no easy task. The Sochi application process included a psychological test, an English evaluation, an interview with organizing officials, and personality assessments, among other things. Volunteers must also have also a good command of the English language and a solid grasp of Olympic events and vocabulary.
All in all, around 200,000 people from over 100 countries applied for a Sochi volunteer position, but only 25,000 made the cut. Those selected are eager to be part of the action.
“Instead of watching the games from the sidelines, you can be directly involved in the process,” said Renata Kamelyanova, 18.
Sochi Volunteers must complete a three-stage training process which began last month. Topics include the history of Sochi and the Olympic Games, navigation around Olympic facilities, individual duties, and how to communicate with guests, athletes, and journalists.
The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia from February 7 – 23. It will be the nation’s first Winter Olympic Games.
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