How to become a volunteer
 

The staff who are going to help organize and stage the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2014 in Sochi must meet the highest possible standards and have some exceptional, distinctive qualities.

Prior to working at the Games in Sochi, therefore, all the candidates to be volunteers will have to get through two selection stages: a series of tests and an interview. At the end of the recruitment process, a volunteer team consisting of 25,000 people will be formed, and this team will head off to Sochi in 2014 in order to present their country to the world, at the biggest sporting event on the planet.

The next, key stage of the process, after submitting your application, is to take an on-line test. Each candidate to be a Sochi 2014 volunteer will have to pass a range of distance tests prior to being invited to a face-to-face or on-line interview at a volunteer center.

Testenglish language

This test is designed to assess the candidate's level of English.

The test contains four sections:

  1. Grammar/vocabulary – exercises testing use of grammatical constructions,
    and knowledge of vocabulary and expressions (10 exercises);
  2. Listening – exercises designed to test
    listening skills (10 exercises);
  3. Reading - exercises designed to test
    reading skills (10 exercises);
  4. Letter-writing – a written exercise on a topic indicated in the test.

You may only take the tests once.

Between 40 and 60 minutes will be set aside for completion of the test, after which time the test will close automatically and the data will be submitted and processed.

You can listen to the audio recordings as many times as you like, and it is worth noting that the number of times you listen to them will have no bearing on your final result.

It is recommended that you answer all the questions. If a candidate selects the option "Skip this question" , he/she will not be able to return to it later.

We do not recommend that you click on Back, ,
as this will take you back to the start of the test.

Recommendations on taking the test

In order to improve your chances of passing the tests, you will need to work as quickly and carefully as possible, and keep a number of recommendations in mind.

Before filling in the test

  • If you are tired and/or feeling unwell, you will be better off taking the test at a later time.
  • Remember: You may only complete the tests once. You will be given 60 minutes to complete the English language test. The ability tests are subject to strict time-limits, and once you have started them you will not be allowed to stop until you have finished.
  • Organize your time and surroundings in such a way that no-one will be able to disturb you.
  • Turn off your phone.
  • Make sure that you are sitting at your computer alone.

Preparing your workstation

  • Set things up in such a way that no-one will be able to take away valuable minutes and seconds of the time you need to complete the test.
  • Make sure that all the required programs are installed on your computer (a list of technical requirements will be sent to you in the email inviting you to take the test)
  • Make sure there is nothing on your desk that will disturb you, that your computer's mouse is working properly and that you can use it comfortably.
  • Have some draft paper ready on which to make notes, along with a pen or pencil. Ideally you should have plenty of spare paper available, and try to have at least one spare pencil or pen to hand.

Read the instructions carefully

  • Read all the instructions that pop up on the screen in the testing program carefully, and make sure you follow them.
  • If necessary, read through the instructions for the test several times, so that you have a clear grasp of them. Every single word in the instructions is important.

Make sense of the examples

  • The examples at the start of each test are there to help you get ready to complete the test, and to work out which types of exercises are going to feature in the test and how you should go about solving them. Make the most of these examples - study each of them carefully.
    Make sure you have understood why the answer given in the example is the correct one. If you make mistakes when attempting to complete the examples, think about why you made them and whether mistakes like these are quite typical for you.
  • When completing the test, take extra special care over those questions which might cause you to make mistakes.

The next, crucial stage of the process, after submitting your application, is to take an on-line test. Each candidate to be a Sochi 2014 volunteer will take a range of distance tests prior to being invited to a face-to-face or on-line interview via Skype in a volunteer center.

Invitation to interview

If you successfully complete the tests, you will be sent an email inviting you to an interview. You will be able to choose the time of your interview in your personal account. Don't forget that the time of the interview will be stated in Moscow time (MSK).

If you live in a different city from the one in which your Volunteer Center is located, you will be sent a text message or email containing a Skype login name, which you should add to your list of contacts.

Information about the date of the interview, and the venue for it, will also appear in your personal office on the Sochi 2014 portal.

We want to make things as convenient as possible for our candidates, and for that reason we will propose a range of times when you could come for your interview. This will enable you to choose the time that suits you best.

Please be patient and bear with us! We have received tens of thousands of applications from people wishing to lend a hand in the organization and staging of the Sochi Games in 2014.

Each month, staff from our volunteer centers interview a huge number of candidates to be volunteers, so please be patient when waiting for your invitation.

No application will be ignored! If you are concerned, call the hot line 8 (800) 550-20-14 and ask for clarification about the status of your application.

Interview process

Hooray! You have been eagerly looking forward to the time you are invited for an interview, and now that moment has come.

The potential volunteer will talk in person with an interviewer from the Organizing Committee Volunteer Centers in Moscow or Sochiin Russia.

If you live in a city where there is no center for the recruitment and training of Sochi 2014 volunteers, do not worry! Thanks to the continuous development of digital technology, you will have the opportunity to be interviewed on Skype.

The main part of the interview will be in Russian. If you do not speak Russian, the interview can take place in English.

There may be a few questions in English to confirm your language level.

On average, the interview will last 30-40 minutes..

During this time, the volunteer center employee will have time to ask you various questions to evaluate your skills and abilities required for work in a variety of activity streams at the Games.

Main topics of conversation with the candidate

  1. Volunteering experience.
    You may be asked to talk about volunteer activities and projects in which you took part, as well as the responsibilities that you held in them.
  2. The history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, symbols and mascots of the Games.
    A real Sochi 2014 volunteer must not only have the necessary skills to work at the Games, but also share the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, and also know the main milestones of the Games.
  3. Candidate behavior in different situations: approach to problem-solving, stress, and willingness to help those around you.
    Candidate behavior in different situations: approach to problem-solving, stress, and willingness to help those around you.
  4. Teamwork skills.
    The best Games in history will be prepared and staged by a huge
    volunteer team. It is very important that all members work together
    and are well-organized. Willingness to help others, a sense of responsibility
    for the fulfillment of their part in team work, and ease of communication
    with new people are the qualities that we are looking for in future Sochi 2014 volunteers.

Also, you may be asked to solve a mini-case or retell two sentences of text in Russian and English.

Recommendations for the interview

How should you prepare for the interview?

  • Before the interview, think about how you look. Whether you are in jeans and a T-shirt, or a skirt or classic trousers does not matter. The main thing is that the clothes are clean and tidy. Appearance determines first impressions, and they should be perfect.
  • Have a good night's sleep the night before the interview. Cheerful candidates who have had a good night's sleep easily answer all questions prepared for them by the volunteer center staff.
  • Make sure that you know in advance how to get to the volunteer center where the interview will take place.
    Leave home in plenty of time, because lateness indicates a lack of punctuality. This is unacceptable for the future volunteer who must start a shift at a certain time.
  • Leave home in plenty of time, because lateness indicates a lack of punctuality. This is unacceptable for the future volunteer who must start a shift at a certain time.
  • Read the literature on the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as this topic may be part of the list of questions at the interview.
  • Read the literature on the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as this topic may be part of the list of questions at the interview.

How should you behave during the interview?

  • Do not worry and collect your thoughts. Stress and anxiety never lead to anything good.
    The interviewer will be a very calm and friendly person who will try to create a most comfortable environment for conversation.
  • Be sincere and honest with your interviewer, then answers to questions will immediately come to mind, and life examples are remembered easier.
  • Listen carefully to the interviewer. If you do not understand a question, ask back. Follow the direction of the conversation set by the interviewer.
  • Demonstrate your great desire to become a Sochi 2014 volunteer, as well as genuine interest in the Olympic Movement and preparation for the Games.

Results of the interview will be known after all volunteer candidates have been interviewed.
We wish you luck!