Ever since the 1948 London Olympic Games, volunteers have been making things happen behind the scenes. Today that tradition continues, and these volunteers are largely considered responsible for making things flow smoothly. Many people would agree that the Olympics simply could not happen without the volunteers. If you plan on volunteering for the upcoming Olympic Games, then there are some things you should know. Here is your guide to volunteering at the 2012 Olympic Games in London:
Games Makers. Volunteers for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics are called “Games Makers.” There will be up to 70,000 Games Makers this year, and these volunteers will complete a multitude of very important jobs. As a Games Maker, you will most likely not be in the forefront, where all the glory is. You will be performing very important, sometimes difficult, tasks – and mostly behind the scenes.
What to wear. Games Makers will be given special uniforms to wear throughout the event, which will include t-shirts designating the 2012 Olympic Games. These uniforms are yours to keep, and are a great souvenir of the time you spent in London.
How to plan meals. As a Games Maker, you have a very important job, and your volunteerism is very much appreciated. You will not have to worry about paying for food while you are working, as you will be given free meal vouchers.
Your schedule. It is likely that you may work some odd hours, like the night shift and weekends. You won’t be able to switch your schedule around in order to attend events you have tickets for, or to work closely with your friends. It takes a lot of careful planning to coordinate 70,000 volunteers, so once your schedule is in place, that is the schedule you must adhere to.
Your work environment. As previously stated, you most likely will not be at the forefront of the Olympic Games, where all the action is. You may even be assigned to an off-site area like in a warehouse, where uniforms are distributed. You may even need to spend long hours outside, no matter what the weather.
Being a volunteer at the 2012 Olympics in London is not all fun and games. Actually, it will require dedication and some intense work. However, the important thing is to remember that with all of that challenge comes great reward. As a matter of fact, people who volunteer as Olympic Game Makers often report that being a Game Maker is the experience of a lifetime.
About the Author: Robin Fandrich is a healthcare professional by day but avid sports enthusiast by night. She hopes to one day be able to volunteer at an Olympic game herself. She enjoys reading healthcare blogs and sites, including Yeastinfection.org by Dr Eric Bakker.