More than half of all the Sochi 2014 volunteers have already arrived in the Olympic host city and are welcoming visitors to the Games. Young and energetic volunteers, whose average age is 25 years, are becoming a key part of the "Komanda 2014" ("Team 2014") and creating a unique Olympic atmosphere. They are currently collecting accreditation and uniforms, studying the venues, and preparing to meet more athletes and guests. For the first time in the Olympic history volunteers will be provided with accommodation, food, transport and excellent uniforms.
In all, 25,000 volunteers will be involved in the Sochi Games making this the most ambitious volunteer program in the history of modern Russia. Development of a volunteering spirit is one of the key legacies of the Games.
19,000 volunteers will be working at the Olympic Games. Of these, 15,000 will come from different cities in Russia and from more than 60 foreign countries. Approximately 60% of the total number of volunteers will work on the Coastal Cluster venues, and 40% - in the Mountain Cluster venues.
Accreditation and uniform
In Sochi, every volunteer is immediately immersed in the Olympic atmosphere and becomes a part of "Komanda 2014". It is easy to spot a volunteer in a bright Bosco outfit that all volunteers receive on their arrival in Sochi.
It is symbolic that the uniform kits of the Games organizers and volunteers are the same, because together they form "Komanda 2014". The common uniform of the organizers and volunteers emphasizes the important role of volunteers who make up 30% of the total staff of the Games.
The uniform's design is based on the visual look of the Games in Sochi - the "patchwork quilt" - representing the whole of Russia in all its diversity. The basic set for work in the Coastal Cluster consists of more than 10 items and includes a warm jacket, a hoodie, a polo top, pants, cap, hat, gloves, shoes, a backpack and a number of accessories. The set for those volunteers who will be working in the mountains, is supplemented with ski pants, thermal underwear, waterproof raincoat and protective shoe covers.
Accommodation and transport
Volunteers at the Sochi 2014 will be residing in special volunteer villages as well as in the Sochi resorts. Here, breakfasts and dinners, and entertainment in their leisure hours are organized for the volunteers. In placements, volunteers can access the internet, and bulletin boards offer the latest news from the volunteer team. Also planned is broadcast of many of the Olympic competitions.
The volunteers can get to work conveniently and quickly on the Olympic transport - on the buses and "Lastochka" trains.
After the working shifts and on weekends, a bright and rich cultural entertainment, and educational program is waiting for the Sochi 2014 volunteers. It is based on the idea of meeting the countries that have hosted the Games in the past. The program is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. In the volunteer villages in the Coastal and Mountain clusters marquees are organized; they are equipped with a stage, stage sound, lighting and video equipment.
All events provide an opportunity for each volunteer to dive into the spirit of the Games and to feel part of one big "Komanda 2014", to get acquainted with the resort city of Sochi, its history and traditions, to demonstrate their leadership and team qualities, and show their knowledge and talents.
There is a wide range of activities - screenings, competitions, tournaments in table games, training, workshops, concerts, meetings with interesting guests: Olympic champions of the past years, Sochi 2014 ambassadors, pop stars and prominent public figures.
Notes to the Editor
The training program for the Olympic volunteers is one of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee's most ambitious projects. An estimated 25 thousand volunteers will be involved during the Games in Sochi in more than 20 areas of activity, from meeting delegations at the airport to helping organize the Closing Ceremony. Moreover, approximately 3,000 volunteers trained in the city of Sochi will help visitors find their way between the venues and provide a warm and hospitable welcome. In total, volunteers will account for more than 30% of total staff numbers at the Games.
Volunteer recruitment has been led by 26 Volunteer Centers, established at Russian higher education institutions and selected by means of a contest.
The average age of the volunteers is 25, of which there are about 60 % women and 40 % men. There are "silver aged" volunteers in the team - a total of 928 people, and the average age is 62. 16 % of the volunteers of the older generation are foreign nationals. Most volunteers were selected from the Krasnodar region, including Sochi (24%), Moscow (11%) and St. Petersburg (7%). Completing the top five leaders are the Moscow region (a little less than 7 %) and the Rostov region (3%).
About 1200 volunteers are foreign nationals. Most of them volunteers from the United States (10% ), Ukraine ( 9%), Canada, the UK and Kazakhstan ( 8% ), 7 % of foreign volunteers come from Germany and 4% - from France and the Republic of Belarus. There are several volunteers from Japan, New Zealand, Cameroon, Congo and Pakistan in the Sochi 2014 team.
At the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the majority of volunteers will be involved in areas such as Event Services (7102 people), Ceremonies (2413 people), NOC/NPC Services (1180 people), IOC/IPC Services - 1149 people, Accreditation (969), Arrivals and Departures (935 people) and Language Services (564 people).
The Sochi 2014 volunteer program is set to serve as a catalyst for the mass development of the volunteer movement on a nationwide scale.
It is in many ways thanks to the Sochi 2014 volunteer program that Russia has risen to 8th place in the World Giving Index 2012, which measures the number of people involved in voluntary work (21 million people)