My best volunteer experience was at the World Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan. My function was one of the most beautiful and bright ones– the awards ceremonies volunteer. This position was highly competitive. Candidates have passed a special selection. My venue was at the Aquatic Centre but I also was a part of the Opening Ceremony for the Games. Awards ceremonies were an unforgettable experience. We were next to the athletes at the most exciting moments of their careers. I am sure that I will be proud to share my happy memories about my Universiade volunteering with my future grandchildren.

Kazan was also a place for my next volunteer role. I was a volunteer in broadcasting services for the FINA World Cup 2015 working with international broadcasters as well as with Russian TV Company. It was exciting to get inside this special world of professionals that are the masters of the TV screen.

Irina Zhuklina (24 years old; Saransk, Mordovia, N.P.Ogarev Mordovia State University named alumnus)