In July 2015 I became a volunteer for the language services at the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Volunteering engages me so deeply that I have no time to think about my age or my ailments! 

My first volunteer experience was at The International Olympic Committee debriefing (it’s where members of the Olympic movement share their experience) in Sochi in 2010. That was a truly unforgettable experience. Then there were London 2012 and Sochi 2014, along with other sporting events. All of us were very enthusiastic when we heard the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ were going to be held in Russia. 

Tamara Dolgushevskaya (Saint Petersburg, French teacher, volunteer at the Silver Age Centre)