The organisers of the FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games volunteer programme have completed nearly 4000 interviews with prospective helpers, and the allocation of posts is now under way.
Interviews of about 20 minutes were conducted in Normandy, Paris or by telephone since November, to find the 3000 volunteers needed for the Games.
An added bonus is that the Organising Committee will be able to count on the experience of those volunteers who were on duty during the 2013 test events and those who will be called upon for the test events in June 2014.
Even though the interviews are officially over, potential volunteers can still add their name to a waiting list via the volunteer pages. They will then be contacted by the volunteer programme team if the Organising Committee decides that it needs additional volunteers for certain posts.
There are nearly 400 foreign candidates hailing from the five continents. The majority of these candidates already have experience working at large-scale international events, in particular the Lexington Games in 2010 or the London Olympics in 2012.
The Volunteer Programme team has already started allocating posts. The objective is to allocate a job which ties in with the expectations, motivations and experience of the candidate, but the allocated post may differ from the three jobs proposed to the candidate during their interview, given the skills and experience of numerous other candidates applying for similar posts.
The Organising Committee will help find accommodation for the 3000 volunteers by setting up a platform to put volunteers in contact with locals from April onwards. Volunteers will thus have the opportunity to stay at a host’s home free of charge.
The Organising Committee will also suggest alternative affordable accommodation solutions. These options will be presented to volunteers when they receive their posting.