The International Paralympic Committee is reporting today that with two years to go until the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, over 100,000 people from 180 different countries have registered to be selected as volunteers for the upcoming Games. The vast majority of applications have come from five countries: Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Russia and China. The Games will require at least 70,000 volunteers total.
After volunteers are selected, they will be put into one of nine different organizational groups including serving the public, sports, press and communications, operational support, production of ceremonies, protocol and languages, healthcare, technology and transport. They will receive one year of English language training, and training specific to their role as a volunteer.
Rio 2016 Organising Committee’s Human Resources Director Henrique Gonzalez is quoted by the IPC as saying, “We are very happy that the response has been so positive. It is really good to see so many people wanting to play an active role in South America’s first Olympic and Paralympic Games, and share the thrill of this historic event.”