In the first three days since the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Volunteer Programme reopened, more than 12,500 people of 102 nationalities have signed up to be part of the greatest football show on Earth.
Outside Brazil the biggest response has come from Colombia, where 240 people had applied to become Brazil 2014 volunteers by Thursday morning. Second on the list was Russia, the host nation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with 113 applicants, followed by long list of other countries, among them Mexico with 112, the USA with 94, Peru with 79 and Argentina with 75.
In terms of Brazilian states, Rio de Janeiro is the frontrunner, with 2,318 people having registered as of Thursday morning. Close behind lie Sao Paulo with 1,885, Ceara with 1,171, Distrito Federal with 909 and Minas Gerais with 892.
The most popular areas with applicants are Competitions, which has attracted 2,653 applications so far, followed by Ceremonies with 1,434 and Stadium Operations with 1,228.
A resident of Moradora de Ribeirao Preto, a city in Sao Paulo state, 39-year-old Flavia Roberta de Moura was among the first five people to put their names down for the Volunteers Programme. Having applied to work in Accreditations, Flavia said the chance to take part in a major multi-cultural event was the reason why she joined up.
“I’m always looking to develop and better myself, and when I saw on TV that the Volunteer Programme had reopened I made a point of applying straightaway," explained Flavia, who put Sao Paulo down as her preferred volunteer location and Recife as her second choice. “I missed the deadline for the FIFA Confederations Cup. I think it would be great for me to be able to interact with people from many different cultures. I’ve already worked in ceremonies and administration and I think I have a lot to offer in accreditation.”
It should be pointed out that there is no guarantee that applicants will be allocated to their first-choice areas. The selection process involves several phases, some of them face-to-face and some online. Applicants must pass every phase in order to become volunteers.
After registering at pt.fifa.com/voluntarios, candidates are required to attend group dynamics sessions in person and to take part in general online training, individual interviews, English tests and specific training.
Targeted in-person training will take place close to the start of the event. At the end of the selection process successful candidates will spend a day with the LOC Volunteer Management Team and the managers of their respective areas at the stadium in the host city where they are posted.
It should also be added that all communication between the LOC and volunteers during the selection process will be conducted by email. It is essential, therefore, that applicants keep their registration details up to date.