“There has been a significant increase in registrations over the last few weeks, as well as a number of requests to extend the registration period,” said Flavia Fontes, Rio 2016’s volunteer programme manager. “It is clear that there are still many interested people who have yet to register so we have decided to extend the registration period until 15 December to give everyone the opportunity to participate. This really is the last chance.”
Over 160,000 people have already registered. Applications have been received from all over Brazil, and more than 180 countries throughout the world. Some 85% of Brazilian candidates either study or work, and qualifications range from high school certificate to doctorate. “We are very happy that such a wide range of people have registered for the Programme,” said Flavia.
All applicants will have access to an online English course for a year and will receive specific training covering their tasks, the sports and the facilities in which they will work. Volunteers will also receive a full uniform, as well as meals and free transport on days worked.