While thousands of candidates are waiting to find out if they will be hired as volunteers for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a select group has already been taken on and is busy at work – getting ready to help recruit the 70,000 people who will help stage the first Games in South America. About 100 specialists in recruitment were the first group to undergo training last Saturday (7 March), learning about the volunteer programme and its demands at the Rio 2016 headquarters.
“The involvement of these volunteer recruiters is very important for us, since, in addition to being responsible for helping select 70,000 people who will help put on the Games, they represent the values of the Games – they make things happen, they value others and they spread joy,” said Flávia Fontes, Rio 2016’s head of volunteers.
The first group comprises volunteers qualified in administration, psychology, teaching, human resources and a host of other areas. One of those on board is 63-year-old Maria Inês Aguiar, who previously volunteered at the Rio 2007 Pan-American Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup, and is already signed up for the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto.
“It’s going to be a great experience, but of course I’m a little nervous,” she said. “It’s a big responsibility, there are 70,000 people, but I’m sure it’s going to work out well. The training we have done has been very thorough, we already can see how things will be.”
For those who missed the deadline for applications, there is still hope: you can register on the waiting list (click here). Candidates must be 18 years old by February 2016 and available to work during the Games.