POSTED: June 30th 2016
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Olympics: PyeongChang 2018 winter Games is officially open for volunteers

Signing of a number of group volunteer MOUs at the Volunteer Recruitment Launching Event © POCOG
Signing of a number of group volunteer MOUs at the Volunteer Recruitment Launching Event © POCOG

Olympian Yuna Kim promotes the PyeongChang 2018 volunteer recruitment poster © POCOG
Olympian Yuna Kim promotes the PyeongChang 2018 volunteer recruitment poster © POCOG

POCOG President, Lee Hee-beom speaks at the Volunteer Recruitment Launching Event © POCOG
POCOG President, Lee Hee-beom speaks at the Volunteer Recruitment Launching Event © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) July 1st will mark the beginning of volunteer recruitment for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) President, Lee Hee-beom declared, "I am very pleased to launch the volunteer recruitment program for the PyeongChang 2018 Games. Join us and be part of the passion. Volunteers will be a part of history. It will be priceless opportunity to make friends, learn the world and leave lasting memories that will shine forever."

For three months until the end of September, the Committee plans to recruit 22,400 volunteers from across the globe. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to apply. Applicants can apply online and organizations with 50 or more members can also apply under the category of group recruitment.  

Chosen volunteers will be dispatched throughout the Olympic venues during the Games. They will provide Olympic and Paralympic Games' spectators and participants with services across these areas: Medical Services, Media Support, Games Information, Operational Support, Sport, Technology, and Protocol/Language Services.

One day before the online recruitment is set to launch, POCOG held a Volunteer Recruitment Launching Event. Two-time Ski Jumping Olympic participant and POCOG Sport Manager, Kim Heung-soo demonstrated how everyone can apply to become a volunteer during the event.

However, the highlight of the event was the signing of a number of group volunteer MOUs. Jecheon City, representatives of eight schools, and four volunteer organizations have all agreed to become a part of the PyeongChang 2018 team as group volunteers.

"Volunteers stand at the frontline of service to every visitor and guest of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, and their performance will help define the image of PyeongChang 2018. It is with great pleasure and expectation that we begin the search for our volunteers, and I sincerely believe that PyeongChang will be able to provide the best service ever with the volunteers," expressed POCOG President Lee.

In addition, the central government gave their support to the volunteer program at the event. Minister of Interior, Hong Yun-sik was there to convey their support and promised to aid in the promotion of the recruitment process.

He encouraged volunteers stating, "I have firm belief in the Korean people's patriotic spirit. Please be there and shine!"

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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