Why be a volunteer?

The answer to this will vary from person to person. Some are keen to see the Games from the inside, and get involved in a historic event. Others may be swayed by the boost it will give their CV, or by the chance to get some valuable experience using speaking English. Some people like to volunteer in order to meet new people and make new friends. And there are even those who "collect" Olympic Games, traveling the world so as not to miss a single one.

These are just some of the factors that are tempting people into becoming Sochi 2014 volunteers:

Down with the stereotypes! The Games in Sochi are a chance to show the whole world what the new Russia looks like!

We are all tired of seeing the balalaikas, valenky felt boots and matryoshkas used by Hollywood, yet they continue to form the image people have of Russia abroad. The mission of Sochi 2014 is to stage the most innovative Games ever and show the whole world a new image of Russia. The volunteers will be working at venues built using the latest technology, taking full account of international environmental standards and requirements as to a barrier-free environment.

I'll be able to improve my
professional skills and start building my career...

By taking a conscious step towards volunteering, you are moving onto a new rung in your career ladder. During the preparation course you will acquire new knowledge, whilst working at the Games will give you the chance to
perfect your professional attributes, develop your communication skills, and enable you to have intensive English language practice. There will only be 25,000 other people in Russia with such an eye-catching line on their CV! Volunteering in Sochi will give you the opportunity to make your future whatever you want it to be!

I want to be at the Olympic Games!

Just a short time ago you were watching the action in Vancouver on TV and secretly dreaming of being one of those volunteers accompanying Evgeny Plyushchenko
into the so-called "tears and kisses" area, where the figure skaters await the judges' scores, or getting the gold medal ready for Russia's biathlon team, or gleefully dancing along to Avril Lavigne at the Closing Ceremony...

Well know you have the chance to do so! And you don't even have to move to the Krasnodar Region to get involved. For the first time in the history of the Games, volunteers are going to be selected right throughout the country, with the assistance of 26 Volunteer Centres in 14 of Russia's regions!

"The Olympic and Paralympic Games are a historical event, and I want to be a part of them.

You may not be amazing at winter sports, and your chances of getting into the Russian short-track team team may be slim...but you really do
have a good chance of taking part in the Games! Olympic volunteering is a unique opportunity to become an integral part of a grand sporting occasion, one that brings together tens of thousands of the best athletes from around the world. Ole Einar Bjorndalen, Alexander Ovechkin, Shizuka Arakawa - you'll be working cheek by jowl with these sporting superstars, and helping them as they achieve ever greater victories!

I'll make new friends from all over the planet...

Citizens from any country in the world are able to be volunteers at the Games in Sochi. The Sochi 2014 volunteer family will be no less cosmopolitan than the Games themselves. Nothing brings people together like experiencing positive emotions together - and in the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, positive emotions won't be in short supply! By the end of the Games, your friends count on social networks will have seen a substantial increase!

I've always wanted Dima Bilan's autograph...

It won't just be sports stars that you'll be able to get close to at the Games. A host of famous musicians, actors and TV stars will be looking on from the stands, supporting our Olympic team along with the rest of the crowd. Dima Bilan, Valery Syutkin and Natalya Vodyanova are all Ambassadors for the Sochi Olympics, and will be on hand to talk to the public. Who knows, you might just be the lucky one having your picture taken and getting an autograph!

I'll be on the telly!

Volunteers are the unsung heroes of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. There isn't a single event that takes place without them: they accompany delegations, prepare the pistes for skiing, help spectators find their seats, sort out press accreditation and do plenty more besides. The volunteers are caught on thousands of TV cameras with each passing hour, so get prepared to be recognized on the streets of your home town!

What I want to get out of volunteering is...a real celebration!

Each and every day will bring fresh excitement and new emotions. World records being smashed, shock triumphs and defeats...you'll be at the epicentre of it all, experiencing the thrills and spills. What's more, volunteers will be given free accommodation, transport around the city, tickets to events, a stylish uniform and some Olympic souvenirs.

The Games in Sochi will just be unmissable!

What more can we say?
An event like this only comes along once in a lifetime!

Who can become a volunteer at the games?

You can apply to volunteer at the Games if:

  • You are a citizen of Russia, or a foreign citizen with fluent Russian.
  • At the beginning of 2014 you will be over 18, but under 80
  • You share the Olympic and Paralympic Values
  • You are keen to help out in a unique project for Russia, expand your circle of friends, gain new experience, knowledge, skills, and most importantly - experience a wave of positive emotions
  • You have the qualifications and skills required for the type of volunteer activity you have chosen
  • You are fluent in English (other foreign languages are a definite bonus)
  • You are able to give of yourself, you are friendly, you use your initiative, you are responsive, patient, able to work as part of a team and prepared to undergo training (free training is taking place at the 26 licensed Volunteer Centres operating out of some of the country's leading educational institutions).

What's in it for volunteers at the Games

The chance to take part in an event of global significance
A comfortable uniform
The chance to enjoy free:
  • Accommodation
  • Meals, during the Games
  • Travel between your accommodation in the host city for the Games and your place of work
Unique souvenirs
Gaining new experience and meeting new people
The chance to see the Games from the inside
The chance to attend competition events and see some of the world's greatest athletes in the flesh