By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will not only feature the participation of around 10,500 athletes, but also will need the help of 70,000 volunteers and several thousand staff members. Thus, there are several opportunities to be a part of the first Olympics in South America.

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The Committee currently seeks selection volunteers, as well as people participating in the ceremonies, photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Rio 2016.

A good way to participate in the organization of the Olympic Games and directly helping the Olympic Committee is currently as selection volunteers. Selection volunteers will hold online interviews in English with volunteer candidates from all over the world.

There are opportunities available to work in the volunteer training centers in Rio de Janeiro and in São Paulo. To apply people need to access the volunteer section on the Rio 2016 homepage.

Applicants to become selection volunteers need to be over eighteen years old, speak fluent English and have complete higher education or be studying. If possible, applicants should have some experience in relation with human resources.

Another great opportunity to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games that is currently open, are registrations to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies. There will be four ceremonies to open and close both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games and all of them will feature a great show and performance of thousands of people – the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games will have a cast of 5,000 people.

The Olympic Committee is therefore currently looking for candidates with passion for the arts and dance, although no prior experience is required to become part of the ceremonies. Registrations can be made until August 31st.

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Working for the 2016 Olympics at their headquarters in Cidade Nova is popular, photo by Rio 2016.

Candidates will be selected in auditions taking place in November and December 2015. Applicants need to be older than sixteen and have at least a basic understanding of Portuguese, as all trainings for the ceremonies will be held in that language. Also, one needs to commit for several training dates prior to the start of the Olympic Games, beginning in April 2016.

The registration for the 70,000 positions as volunteers during the Games have been already closed, and more than 240,000 people applied with a lot of interest from the USA, Russia, China and Great Britain. However, those who missed the deadline, can still register for the waiting list and hope to called up for one of the popular spots at a later stage.

Employment opportunities at the Olympic Committee are also opening up and are continuously published on the jobs-site of their homepage. The committee currently has 1,300 employees based at the headquarters in Cidade Nova and announced that during late 2015 and early 2016 venue specific opportunities will become available.

Usually, more jobs are announced on the Portuguese language version of the homepage, as most jobs require some understanding of the language. However, posts announced on the English language homepage are usually meant for foreigners.

12 COMMENTS

  1. I always had a huge passion for sports since my childhood. By just reading or hearing the word “sport”, that fascinated me. I remember very well the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Seoul South Korea in 1988 when I was only 9 years old and that enchanted me, and since then I carry with me this great passion and fascination for Olympics especially for artistic gymnastics. I do not miss any game. I used to practice gymnastics and ballet since I was 7 years old, but due to some problems that occurred at that time, I had to stop the practices. I really miss those days. I always had a dream of being a volunteer in the Olympics, especially now that it will be held in Brazil, my homeland. There may be no greater thrill for me, then I see that the time to not miss this opportunity arrived. Whatever I have to do will be from the heart and own will, for love of sport, for love of my motherland. I look hopefully be selected for the going list. I will be at the disposition to do whatever is needed and fitted for my volunteer conditions. Best regards, Agnes Gerizani

  2. I always had a huge passion for sports since my childhood. By just reading or hearing the word “sport”, that fascinated me. I do not miss any game. I always had a dream of being a volunteer in the Olympics, especially now that it will be held in Brazil. There may be no greater thrill for me, then I see that the time to not miss this opportunity arrived. Whatever I have to do will be from the heart and own will, for love of sport, for love of my motherland. I look hopefully be selected for the going list. I will be at the disposition to do whatever is needed and fitted for my volunteer conditions. Best regards, Gireesh P H

  3. Well, i do a a lot of sports , soccer , surf, jiu-jitsu… Work wth tourism, hospitaliy industry, and at airport for more than 15 years !# Los Angeles where i live half every year and Rio my home town!÷÷ im on California rigjt now but i can leave anytime i need! ! That’s it!! Thanks!!

  4. I really enjoyed being an Ambassador (flying squad) at London 2012 and especially helping and advising tourists as well as learning about the Hospitality Houses. I have continued to volunteer since then – and hope to see the Games in Rio : – ) Alison

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