What is the Russia 2018 LOC Volunteer Programme?
The Russia 2018 LOC Volunteer Programme presents thousands of people from Russia and other countries with the unique opportunity to be part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. There are several stages in the programme, including setting up volunteer centres in all 11 of the Russia 2018 host cities, recruiting, selecting and training volunteers and organising their work.
When will the Russia 2018 LOC present its blueprint for the Volunteer Programme?
The blueprint for the Russia 2018 LOC's official volunteer programme will be launched in June 2015. The blueprint is the main document that will set out the programme's aims, areas of activity and the mandatory requirements for volunteers, including minimum age, knowledge of foreign languages and other criteria. The document will set out the general approach to the way in which volunteers are to be organised and trained in all of the World Cup host cities as well as the details and extent of services that will be made available to volunteers (food, clothing and equipment, etc).
How many volunteers will be involved in hosting Russia 2018?
In total, there will be around 5,500 volunteers involved during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and 15,000 for the period of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
How do I become a Russia 2018 volunteer? When can I register as a volunteer?
Prospective volunteers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 will be able to apply during the second quarter of 2016. The start date of the application period will be announced in the 2018 section on FIFA.com. In order to apply, candidates must complete a registration form on the 2018 FIFA World Cup volunteer portal. All candidates who meet the LOC's stated criteria will then be invited to take part in an online test, including an English-language test, as well as an interview.
The first application period for prospective Russia 2018 LOC volunteers ended on 31 March 2015. On the basis of the applications received, 300 volunteers will be selected for the first official Russia 2018 event - the Preliminary Draw.
In March 2015, I registered on the Russia 2018 volunteer portal as a candidate to volunteer at the Preliminary Draw. Does that mean I have automatically been included in the volunteer database for the tournament itself?
No, the main volunteer recruitment period for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin during the second quarter of 2016. This means you will need to register online a second time at the Russia 2018 volunteer portal.
The initial stage of Russia 2018 volunteer recruitment focuses exclusively on the first official Russia 2018 event - the Preliminary Draw. At the end of that stage, the LOC will select 300 volunteers to work in St Petersburg in July 2015.
I've registered at the Russia 2018 volunteer portal and sent off my application to become a volunteer at the Preliminary Draw. What should I do next?
Once you have successfully completed the registration form at the volunteer portal, LOC staff will contact you in the space of several weeks (provisionally after 10 April). You will be invited to take part in an online test, including an English-language test (for Russian-speaking candidates), as well as an interview. Volunteers selected to work at the Preliminary Draw will be trained in June.
The mandatory criteria listed on the Russia 2018 volunteer portal include an age restriction - volunteers must be 18 years and over as at 1 July 2015. I won't have turned 18 by July 2015 - does that mean I can't be a volunteer at Russia 2018?
No, that's not the case. Candidates who are under 18 as at 1 July 2015 are not eligible to volunteer at the Preliminary Draw later the same month. If, however, the candidate turns 18 several weeks before the start of Russia 2018, they can volunteer at the tournament itself.
What services will be made available to volunteers while working at the Preliminary Draw in St Petersburg? Will there be free accommodation and food while they are volunteering?
All volunteers will be supplied with uniforms. They will also be provided with food while they are engaged during the events.
The LOC will not be able to provide free accommodation for volunteers from outside St. Petersburg; therefore we are hoping mainly to recruit people who live in the city. However, if you can make your own accommodation arrangements in St. Petersburg for the volunteering period, we will be happy to consider you to join our volunteer team at the Preliminary Draw as well.
The LOC does not provide visa support for foreign volunteers. Upon request, however, the LOC may assist volunteers who require a visa to enter the Russian Federation by providing a letter of invitation. Volunteers are expected to make their own visa arrangements independently.
For how long will volunteers be engaged in preparations for and the staging of the Preliminary Draw?
How long volunteers work for will depend on their specific function. The overall volunteer period runs from 10 July to 26 July. That does not mean that volunteers will be engaged for the whole of that period. In general, a shift will be eight hours a day on certain days during that period.