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Volunteer virus

7-8 (2010)
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The organizers of the Sochi Olympic Games hope, that in the nearest future the virus «will affect» all the country.

26 educational institutions of the country — the winners of competition «Volunteer centers of Russia», set up by Organizing committee «Sochi-2014» became known in December. Competition was spent among higher and special secondary educational institutions in 11 specialities: «Transport», «Medicine», «Dope control», «Service of delegations and teams, the report, linguistic services», «Technologies», «Ceremonies», «Communications and work with mass media», «Administrative activity and accreditation», «Service», «Service of events and work with spectators», «Paralympic specificity».

126 applications from 51 high and from 9 special secondary educational institutions from 23 subjects of the Russian Federation of all federal districts were handed. Krasnodar region became the unconditional leader for the number of applications, Moscow and St.-Petersburg are the second and the third respectively. It is necessary to prepare about 25 thousand volunteers for the Sochi competitions: 20 thousand from them will work for the Olympic and 5 thousand — for Paralympic Games. Volunteer centers will be opened in the middle of 2011. The intake of students will take place in the beginning of 2012, teaching — in 2012-2013. According to the president of Organizing committee «Sochi-2014» Dmitry Chernyshenko, the Olympic Games become the catalyst of volunteer movement development in Russia. «Today, depending on the region from 2% to 9% of the population of the Russian Federation is involved in volunteer activity, and in Canada — up to 35%. We are interested in that»the volunteer virus" affected all the country", — the head of Organizing committee has shared. «Vancouver inhabitants queue up for participation in this or that socially useful event. As for Russia — it is in future», — forecasted the vice-premier of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak.

Inffitute/ university


Inffitute/ university


The State Medical Universiity of Bashkortostan Kuban State Medical University


Vladivoffik State University of Economics and Service

Kuban State University of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism

Novorossiysk College of Building and Economics Saint Petersburg State University of Service and Economics

Sochi State University for Tourism and Recreation


Voldograd State University

Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University

Tver State University

Administrative activity and accreditation

Kazan State Technical University named after A. N. Tupolev

Kuban State University of Technology

Tomsk Polytechnic University


Kuban State Agrarian University

Moscow University of Industry and Finance


Kuban State Medical University

Sechenov FirSt Moscow State Medical University

Dope control

Kuban State University

Moscow University of Industry and Finance Moscow State Inffitute of International Relations Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University Tver State University

Service of delegations and teams, the report, linguistic services

Moscow Automobile and Road inffitute — Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical University

Omsk State University of Railway Engineering Northern (Arctic) Federal University

South-Russian State Technical University


Moscow State University for Humanities named after M.A. Sholokhov

Russian State Social University

Paralympic centre

Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University

Tver State University

Communications and work with mass media

Russian State University of Tourism and Service Tver State University

Yugra State University

Service of events and work with spectators

Volunteers are motivated not by money, but by participating in important and interesting process

Alexander Gorbunov, a weekly journal «Sports day by day» observer:

— The notion «Olympic volunteer» was legalized by recently deceased long-term IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, during his speech in the native Barcelona on the Olympic Games-92. Likenobody else he understood doubtless advantages of volunteer movement. At first, it is serious economic help to organizers of competitions as expenses for volunteers are minimal. Secondly, it is an evident way of collective interaction of the big group of people on a disinterested basis, their civil participation in useful activity. And, at last, a condition of organizational irreproachability, which is reached due to the help of volunteers, motivated not by money, but by participating in important and interesting process. If there were about hundred of the firSt Olympic volunteers during the summer Olympic Games in Stockholm almost a century ago, in 1912, and they were entrusted mainly the delivery of mail and cleaning of territory, there were already 100 thousand of volunteer assistants in Beijing in 2008. During Moscow Olympic Games-80 military men of Statutory service, cadets of militian educational institutions, model Komsomol members wore volunteer sports suits. Representatives of all these categories had no any experience, they trained during the Games and, certainly, hadn't finished.

That trick won't work in Sochi. By all means, in the army of 75 thousand volunteers should be called up well trained young men with specialization in the main organizational areas typical for the Olympic Games: medicine, service, modern technologies, transport, accreditation and press centre work.

Author: Kirill Vlasenko