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Using a new website for applications, the initiative seeks to recruit 22,400 volunteers to assist with a range of tasks in areas that include sport, medical services, media operations, technology and language services. Volunteers will undergo free training and will be offered uniforms, accommodation, meals, insurance and other benefits.
Several Korean universities, volunteer organisations and other groups expressed their willingness to support the Games at a news conference a day before the website unveiling.
“Volunteers will be part of history”, Hee-beom Lee, President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee, said. “It will be a priceless opportunity to make friends and learn about the world, leaving lasting memories that will shine forever.”
Volunteer positions are open to anyone aged 18 or over, and organisations with 50 or more members can apply as a group. The online recruitment campaign is scheduled to run through to the end of September.
President Lee said the volunteers will “stand at the frontline of service to every visitor and guest of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.”