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28 August 2014

Wanted - Volunteers for Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games

Have you dreamed of being part of the biggest sporting event on the planet? Well, now your chance is here. Starting today, 28 August 2014, the application process for the Rio 2016 Volunteers Programme is open.


This will fire the starting pistol for a process that will end with 70,000 people – from all over the world – being selected to help stage the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America.

Volunteers will perform more than 500 roles during the Games, such as interpreters, receptionists, drivers, assistants, reporters and medical professionals.

“The volunteers are indispensable for the success of the Games, they are the soul of the event,” said Flávia Fontes, head of the Rio 2016 Volunteers Programme. “A person in the city could go through the Games without seeing an athlete with their own eyes, but it would be impossible not to meet a volunteer. They play a part in everything, helping and providing information to spectators, assisting heads of state and providing operational support at the ceremonies.”

The first stage of the selection process will begin with online registration, which opens on 28 August, followed by aptitude testing and then, in 2015, interviews. The package of benefits that will be offered includes a language course, meals and local transport. Each volunteer will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the Games.

To take part, applicants must be at least 18 years old in May 2016, have completed basic education (middle/secondary school) and be available for the selection process and to work during the Games. Find out more about the Rio 2016 Volunteers Programme by clicking here.


Applications will be open until 15 November 2014

The Rio Olympic Organising Committee have supplied wheelchair rugby with a sport specific code for those volunteers that considers themselves to have the experience and/or qualifications to work with Wheelchair Rugby at the Games.

If you are interested in volunteering for sport specific roles with Wheelchair Rugby at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, please send an email with your experience and/or qualifications to BEFORE submitting your volunteer application on the Rio 2016 website.

The code will be issued by the IWRF to individuals on receipt of appropriate applications for inclusion into your volunteer application. This does not guarantee selection, but will highlight your experience with Rio 2016.


Additional information on volunteering is available in multiple languages on the Rio 2016 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1467626853469053/ 


The tradition of volunteer work at the Games started in 1952 in Helsinki, Finland, with around 2,191 participants. In 2016, approximately 70,000 volunteers will continue this legacy, contributing to the staging of the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America.