Rio 2016 opens volunteer training centre and starts selection process
Rio 2016 has opened an innovative new training centre in order to support its volunteer selection process. The training centre features a ‘sensory tour’ through which candidates will walk, as they are told about the history of the Games by the voices of the Olympic gods, with props that will create the sensation of goose bumps and heat that replicate what the athletes feel on their big day.
“We want our candidates to learn new things, to have the opportunity to have a unique experience and to be able to share with other people the experience of having worked on the world’s largest sports event,” said Flávia Fontes, Rio 2016’s head of volunteers. “The goal of the centre is to train volunteers so that they perform focused and efficient work.”
This first training centre is in Barra da Tijuca, the Rio neighbourhood where the Olympic Park is being built, and a second is scheduled to open in Rio city centre this weekend. São Paulo and Belo Horizonte will also have permanent training centres, while temporary ones will be set up during a road show that will visit 14 other Brazilian cities. Non-Brazilian applicants will be interviewed via the internet.
A fundamental part of the selection process, the training centres will host interviews, group discussions and role-play activities, all with the aim of selecting and preparing 70,000 volunteers – from 242,000 applicants – to help stage the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America. Around 1,800 different courses are expected to be developed in order to train the volunteers in their different Games-time roles.