Sochi 2014 Volunteer Training Program Launched across Russia

11 march 2013

On March 11, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee launched a large-scale project for training 25,000 volunteers for the 2014 Games in Sochi. It will be the largest volunteer training program in the history of the Games. The program consists of three main parts, “My Game”, “Job Specific Training” and “Venue Specific Training”, and a special English language course with an emphasis on the Olympic theme. Each volunteer can expect at least 36 hours of free training. The program will be a unique legacy for organizers of future major sporting events, not only in Russia but throughout the world.

For the first time in the history of the Games, volunteers will be trained not only in the host city, but across the whole country, in 17 cities at 26 volunteer centers fr om Vladivostok to Saint Petersburg. The organizers of the 2014 Games face the task of giving the volunteers the necessary knowledge and skills within a very tight schedule and of inspiring the volunteers to make the Sochi Olympics the best in history.

The training will begin on March 11 in three cities, Moscow, Krasnodar and Sochi. Fr om March till July all Sochi 2014 volunteers will pass the first training course "My Games", worked out by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee together with the experts of the Supplier of the 2014 Games – EXECT Business Training Company. At the heart of the “My Games” course is a game in which participants go "back to the future" to find out a lot of new things about the Games and Sochi by solving complex logical problems and carrying out team tasks. Volunteers will learn about the history and values of the Games, the city of Sochi, get a general idea of working at the main sporting event on the planet and the key qualities of Olympic staff. They will also take a virtual 3D tour of the Olympic venues in Sochi. For the materials to be effective, all classes will be as interactive as possible. The “My Games” course will last three days (24 training hours). By the end of June, this training program will be held in all 26 volunteer centers.

From September to December 2013, also at the volunteer centers, the volunteers will have the second training course, “Job Specific Training”, wh ere they will learn about the overall role and tasks of their functions, as well as work rules and their specific responsibilities at the Games.

A few days before the Games, in January and February, 2014 in Sochi, the volunteers will undergo the final training course, “Venue Specific Training”, at the Olympic venue wh ere they will work. The volunteers will be introduced to the venue's leader and team, and to its features. They will also receive a fascinating tour of the area.

In addition to the three basic training stages, all volunteers will improve their English language skills and learn Olympics vocabulary. During 2013, each of the 25,000 volunteers will have access to the unique distance English language learning program, Winter Games English, worked out by the Official Supplier of 2014 Games – EF English First Company. The program includes 36 lessons on the Olympic and Paralympic Winter sports. The volunteers will learn the name of the equipment used in the sports, the rules of the competition, as well as the specifics of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

The volunteers will not only be trained by the best professionals from EXECT Business Training and EF English First, but also by over 100 trainers from Sochi 2014 Volunteer Centers, who have passed a special training course, as well as by representatives from different Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee functional areas.

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

"The Sochi 2014 Volunteer Program, launched in 2009 by the Organizing Committee, has truly changed the attitude to volunteering in Russia. We have succeeded in raising the prestige of volunteering and in taking it to a new level. This is possibly one of our most important achievements and a legacy that will remain after the Games. Starting from today, we are teaching and training our volunteers to work at the Games in Sochi. We have developed a universal volunteer training program, which can then be passed on to organizers of other major sporting events."

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