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Anyone ever volunteer for major events like the Olympics or the Pan-Am games?  What was that process like in your opinion?  I'm finding the current Pan-Am games volunteer recruitment process a little tedious...

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Vancouver Olympics.

 

The number of hours are a lot of work but as the event grows closer it becomes a tremendous amount of fun.

 

The parade of athletes is always my favorite moment of the games. My wife was involved in the opening and closing ceremonies. She still tears up talking about how high the emotion was in the room while she was greeting and hugging the athletes from all over the world just before they entered the stadium for their Olympic moment.

 

We have a lot of photos of spectators, fellow volunteers,performers athletes and officials, I don't think one has an unhappy face in it.The Olympics will be hard to top in our family's memories.

 

Volunteer you will not regret it.   

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I'd like to.  Some cool cycling events I'd like to be a part of.  However, they make it extremely difficult.  I'm thinking I'm holding doors open or showing people where their seat is but they are asking for my resume, work experience, references..it's less work to apply for a job!  And they want a commitment of 12 days, 10 hours a day and frankly, I can't do that. They're asking about IT expertise, project management expertise..I have professional skills but do they expect people to work for free?  I dunno, maybe this is a rant against big sports events that suck a lot of money up..but they seem to sure make it hard for the average guy to lend a hand.  Am I whining too much?? :dunno

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organizing committees always want resumes so they can slot people and best use any particular skills they might have. Done that.

 

Committing for a major event usually means you will be taking any holidays you might have then.

Its almost impossible to do it otherwise. Yes you do it for free, it will even cost you.  

It's not easy to be a volunteer but the success of any games always depends on those who do.

 

That's why their contributions are so appreciated. Next to the athletes they are the most important part of a games.

 

If you can't commit as much time as they are initially asking for, remember that's just a first draft, still put in your resume and note the hours you can commit to. As the event draws nearer likely you will be selected for something.   

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If you can't commit as much time as they are initially asking for, remember that's just a first draft, still put in your resume and note the hours you can commit to. As the event draws nearer likely you will be selected for something.   


I figured I'd do that..you know, tell them I can't commit to the big time blocks.  But they emphasize that a) you cannot select venues (I get that..but it's sure a put-off) and b) you have to be prepared to commit the hours.  So I feel like I'm being dishonest in going through the process.  I guess I'll wait and see how desperate they get.  I'm thinking they're getting retired people and high school kids. 

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