My volunteer career started five years ago during APEC summit. After this event I was recruited to the Volunteer center “Forward” in Sochi.

The top event as a volunteer were, of course, the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic games. I was the volunteer during the opening and closing ceremonies, holding the flag of Greece. It was an amazing experience: to stand on the stage surrounded by 40,000 spectators, witness the unforgettable awards ceremony of the cross-country skiing race, feeling the stage shaking from the applause.

After the Games I was working in the directorate "Formula 1" Grand Prix of Russia as a volunteers’ manager. My hobby turned to be a career!

Vlada Krupkina (Sochi, Sochi State University graduate in Tourism, Service and Sports, Deputy Executive Director for Special Projects at AO “Sochi-Park”)