“It’s an experience that has much more to offer than anybody could hope for,” was the verdict of Micheli Piccoli, when asked what it had meant to be one of the 5,652 volunteers at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.
And, so pleased was he with the role he carried out, the 23-year-old Italian cannot wait for another opportunity to experience the inspirational atmosphere of a major sporting event. Piccoli has also already applied to volunteer at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ but, for anybody who missed the chance to apply in the first application window, there is now another opportunity.
From 11.00am (Brasilia time) on Monday 9 September, anyone can take part in the second application window for the Brazil 2014 Volunteer Programme. The launch event for this latest stage of the application process will take place that same day in the Palacio Paiaguas (seat of the Mato Grosso state government) in Cuiaba, at 10.00am local time.
Applying in the first application window in 2012 were over 130,719 people, of which 127,629 applied to volunteer for the FIFA World Cup. This time around, over and above increasing the number of applications, the aim is to continue to find people with a variety of different profiles. This includes candidates able to speak other languages, people with special needs, older candidates and applicants hailing from the cities in Brazil’s interior region.
“They [volunteers] are the ones primarily responsible for generating that unparalleled celebratory atmosphere that characterises major events, as well as guaranteeing its operational success,” said Rodrigo Hermida, Head of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Local Organising Committee’s (LOC) Volunteer Programme. “This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the volunteers, which they’ll never forget and which will be positive in so many ways: from making new friends to improving their CVs.”
The selection process for the Brazil 2014 Volunteer Programme will go on until 10 October and consists of several phases, some of them carried out in person, others online, with passing every stage being essential. After signing up at the site pt.fifa.com/voluntarios, the candidate will go through group dynamics (in person), general training (online), individual interviews, English tests and specific training (in person).
The specific training will be carried out close to the event’s start date. At the end of the process, the approved candidates will spend a day at the stadium in the Host City where they will be working. There they will be accompanied by the LOC’s Volunteer Management team and the managers of each of the areas in which they will be deployed.
It is important to stress that all communication between the LOC and volunteers during the selection process will be via email, for which reason it is vital that applicants provide up-to-date contact details.
For more information about the Brazil 2014 Volunteer Programme, go to pt.fifa.com/voluntários.