By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The period to register for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has just been extended until December 15th, therefore prolonging the registration period for another month. This is the last opportunity to sign up as a volunteer for one of the biggest sports events in the world, taking place in August 2016.

Those interested can register as volunteers for Rio 2016 until Dec. 15th, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Registrations for Volunteers at Rio 2016 are open until Dec. 15th, photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Rio 2016.

The Olympic Committee has already received more than 160,000 applications for the 70,000 volunteer spots, but chose to increase the inscription period to include last-minute requests.

“There has been a significant increase in registrations over the last few weeks, as well as a number of requests to extend the registration period,” Flavia Fontes, Rio 2016’s volunteer programme manager stated in a press release. “We have decided to extend the registration period until 15 December to give everyone the opportunity to participate. This really is the last chance,” she added.

Those interested can sign up on the event’s homepage, must be eighteen or older by February 2016 and available during the event. The first interviews will start to take place in February 2015, while training for those selected is previewed for November 2015.

Of the 70,000 participating volunteers around 45,000 will be working during the Olympic Games, with the remaining ones acting during the Paralympics. They will work in nine areas: sports, media and communications, customer service, operational support, production of ceremonies, protocol and languages, healthcare, technology and transport.

Other opportunities to partake are as volunteer selectors (although some human resources experience is required) and as performers in the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Olympic Games will take place from August 5, 2016 until August 21, 2016. The Paralympic Games then start 2.5 weeks later at September 7, 2016 and continue until September 18, 2016.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I was a volunteer for London2012 for Olympic& para. Opening closing ceremonies & medical team also. I would like to volunteer for Rio as I had promised at that time

  2. I WOULD LOVE TO VOLUNTEER FOR SUCH A GREAT OCCASION AS THIS
    I’VE DONE THE CAR RACES AS WELL AS OTHER EVENTS THE RAVENS
    GAME IN BALTO. I WILL BE IN RIO FOR THE GAMES. THANK YOU

  3. I am very interested in volunteering for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Previously, I was a volunteer at the Dallas World Cup during the time of the only matches played in the USA (1994). It was truly an amazing privilege to share in such an international event. In fact, I was inspired to go to France in 1998 for the Final…I shall NEVER forget in fact, marching up the Champs Elysees in Paris after France’s victory!
    As a frequent visitor to Rio de Janeiro, I already have use of an apartment in Copacabana. Thus, housing won’t be an issue. And certainly my Portuguese language ability will be ready..along with my French and, of course, English! And as a retiree of American Airlines, my customer service and diplomatic skills will most certainly be an asset to the Olympic team!

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