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Registrations are open for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Volunteer Programme. A total of 70,000 people, Brazilians and foreigners alike, will carry out more than 500 different functions, with 45,000 volunteers involved in the Olympic Games and 25,000 in the Paralympic Games. Anyone interested in taking part in the selection process has until 15 November to sign up via the volunteer page on the website.
The programme offers great opportunities for personal development. The Rio 2016 Organising Committee will provide an online English course for everyone who registers for the selection process. Those selected will receive specific training according to their function, and also receive a uniform, food and transport on the days they work, and a certificate of participation.
There are opportunities available for a diverse range of skills and characteristics, including for those with an impairment. Some functions require knowledge and specific skills, which will be performed by specialist volunteers in the areas of sport, medical services, technology and languages.
“The Volunteer Programme of the Rio 2016 Games will reflect Brazilian diversity; of talents, cultures, ages and interests. All this diversity will be added to the other thousands of people who will come to Brazil for a greater goal, to participate in the realisation of the largest multisport event in the world with excellence, passion and joy, for the first time in Brazil,” said Carlos Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee.
To take part, volunteers must be at least 18 years old as of February 2016 (there is no maximum age limit) and ideally to have completed basic education, as well as being available to participate in the selection process and during the Games.