A milestone was passed on Thursday 28 October 2010 when the OC received the 10,000th application for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 volunteer programme. The landmark application was submitted by a candidate from Cameroon.
Apart from Cameroon, the OC has received applications from 137 other countries spread across all five continents, including Bangladesh, Ecuador, Jamaica, Togo, the Seychelles and Madagascar. Fifty-five percent of the candidates are female and half are below 30 years of age, although some 700 retired persons have also applied. The volunteer hopefuls boast 48 languages, including Hindi, Swahili, Vietnamese and Korean.
Volunteer assignments before and during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 in Augsburg, Berlin, Bochum, Dresden, Frankfurt, Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Sinsheim and Wolfsburg include accreditation, visitor services, hospitality, VIP services, IT and telecommunications, logistics, marketing, media and communication, ticketing, transportation, tournament and match organisation, and volunteer management.
"The fabulous response to the Volunteer programme and the extremely wide range of the candidates’ home countries demonstrate the strong appeal of the Women’s World Cup, both nationally and internationally, and to all social groups," commented OC President Steffi Jones.
Applications for the Volunteer programme via the official website FIFA.com/germany2011 will be accepted until 28 February 2011.
The OC is seeking to recruit 4,000 volunteers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011.