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1 Year Until Tokyo Olympic Games – Are You Volunteering Yet?

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A year from now, all eyes will be on Tokyo for the Olympics, July 24 – August 9, 2020.

Volunteer application opportunities have closed for those who want to work at the Olympic Games and/or the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 (last date to apply was in December 2018) but these links will give you information about opportunities and the process if you want to throw your (*official Olympic Games merchandise) hat in the ring for the next round.

Get a head start on planning for the next chance — 2022 Winter Olympics are in Beijing.

It takes thousands of dedicated volunteer souls to make Olympic magic happen.

Olympic Volunteers are used for myriad roles, including Ceremonies Production, Customer Service, Health Services, Operational Support, Press & Communication, Protocol and Languages, Sports, Technology, and Transport. The volunteer squad will number about 80,000 individuals!

It’s kind of a big deal, with many steps and interviews and training along the way, but what a hoot to be able to say at your next get together with friends that YOU are going to be helping make the Olympics happen. They even use volunteers to be in the “cast” of performers/dancers/marchers/etc for the opening ceremonies and medal ceremonies!

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These are the Tokyo Games mascots, “Miraitowa” and “Someity”

There is online training, then later, in-person training, and you get a full uniform specific to your volunteer placement, certificate of appreciation, local transportation, meals on days you work, exclusive gifts, and a whole slew of international friends and colleagues. You must be 18 years oldvand be available for ten days during the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

You are responsible for your own travel and housing during your stay, so start your planning early…like today! Full information and Frequently Asked Questions here.

The Paralympic Games are in Tokyo, following the Olympics, August 25 – September 6. There are 22 sports in the Paralympics for athletes with impairment (of muscle power, range of motion, limb deficiency/difference, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia (muscle tension/inability to stretch due to neurological condition), ataxia (lack of coordination due to neurological condition), athetosis (involuntary movement), visual impairment, intellectual impairment.

Paralympics volunteers take on roles similar to those of the Olympic Games — spectator guidance, competition operation, and media. Again, set your sites on Beijing for Winter Games 2022.

I’m a big giant fan of the Special Olympics organization (find your nearest Special Olympics office here and become a volunteer here) so the Paralympic Games are really special to me.

Inclusion is everything.

The city to Tokyo is also engaging 30,000 city volunteers to provide tourism and transport information (must be conversant in Japanese and have permission to reside in Japan for 5 or more days during the period of service).

Transform lives, including your own, by volunteering in programs like these.

Volunteer to Work at the Olympics in Rio 2016

14-rio-2016Volunteer application opportunities have just opened up for those who want to work at the Olympic Games and/or the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. Applications will be accepted from today through November November 15, so act now if you want to be one of the many, many dedicated souls who make Olympic magic happen.

Volunteers are needed for myriad roles, including Ceremonies Production, Customer Service, Health Services, Operational Support, Press & Communication, Protocol and Languages, Sports, Technology, and Transport. The volunteer squad will number about 70,000 individuals! 

It’s kind of a big deal, with many steps and interviews and training along the way, but what a hoot to be able to say at your next get together with friends that YOU are going to be helping make the Olympics happen. They even need volunteers to be in the “cast” of performers/dancers/marchers/etc for the opening ceremonies!

There is online training, then later, in-person training, and you get a full uniform specific to your volunteer placement, certificate of appreciation, local transportation, meals on days you work, exclusive gifts, and a whole slew of international friends and colleagues. You must be 18 years old by February 28, 2016, and be available for ten days during the Olympic or Paralympic Games. You are responsible for your own travel and housing during your stay, so start your planning early…like today! Full information and Frequently Asked Questions here

After the Olympics, Things Really Heat Up When These Heroes Hit Sochi

300688_4017While the politics of scheduling the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia got lots of uproar, for good reason considering Russia’s human rights record, what’s done is done and, knock wood, the games have gone pretty well. The local dogs, feminist protestors, and LGBT community would definitely disagree, but let’s say it could have gone much worse.

While the Olympics get lots of national spirit raised in competing countries, the big event AFTER the Olympics gets our universal, global spirit perked up with the Paralympic Games. March 7-16, this competition is also in Sochi, Russia and uses the same sports facilities and venues (on which these games have already had an amazing effect: When Russian building projects got underway to host the Olympic Games, for the first time, with encouragement and coaching from the Paralympics organizers, the country mandated construction that was barrier-free so athletes and audience of all abilities can have access to the venues. Fingers crossed it sets a trend in Russia.)

The Paralympics are high-level competitive sports events for athletes with disabilities. The winter sports included in these games that follow every Olympic competition since the 1960s, are: IPC Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, IPC Ice Sledge Hockey, and Wheelchair Curling. None of these elite sports heroes are looking for sympathy, but explore the website, watch the TV coverage, and you will find yourself inspired and moved and, I suspect, feeling tremendously grateful. The human body, nurtured and honored, cannot be stopped.

From the Paralympic.org website FAQs regarding volunteering:

How can I volunteer for the Paralympic Games, World Championships and Regional Championships?

The best way to become a volunteer for the Paralympic Games, World Championships, and Regional Championships is to contact the Organizing Committees of the competitions. For the Paralympic Games, please go to www.sochi2014.com or www.rio2016.com. For World and Regional Championships, you can find a listing of events and contact information by accessing the calendar on this website.