21 July 2009
The application process for the 2010 Fifa World Cup volunteer programme is now open.
A total of 15 000 volunteers are required and will be selected from South Africa, the continent and the rest of the world to assist in making sure the event is run smoothly.
“The volunteer programme is an excellent way to get involved in South Africa and Africa’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event,” Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said in Johannesburg this week.
Various volunteer roles
He explained that the volunteers would help in various ways, such as ushering people to their seats, assisting the media and foreign language speakers, welcoming people at the airport, and driving guests around.
“It is the volunteers that actually make the tournament happen,” Jordaan said.
In total, volunteers are required in 16 functional areas, including administration, accreditation, marketing, media, protocol, spectator services, transport, environmental services, welcome and information services, information and communication technology, language support, rights protection, logistic services, hospitality, ushering services and volunteer management.
Anyone who will be 18 years or older on 1 March 2010 and has a good command of English can apply to be a volunteer.
The application form is available on the Fifa website. For those without internet access, there will be a number of venues in South Africa’s nine World Cup host cities where members of the public will be able to apply for the volunteer programme.
For information on these venues, and any other information on the programme, visit Fifa.com, call the volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52 (toll-free in South Africa), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close on 31 August 2009. The volunteer department will conduct interviews with pre-selected applicants in January and February 2010. For foreign pre-selected volunteers, telephonic interviews will be conducted.