Monday, 12 March 2007

Beijing Olympic / Paralympics Needs Specialised Volunteers

The organisers of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG) and the 2008 Paralympics Game are looking for volunteers with special skills from foreign countries.

The recruitment will start end March 2007. Applicants are welcome to apply on-line.

BOCOG plans to enlist a total of 70,000 volunteers for the 2008 Olympics and 30,000 more for the ensuing Paralympics, and more than 370,000 people from Beijing alone have submitted their applications since the first stage of the recruitment campaign kicked off in the Chinese capital last August.

BOCOG executive vice president Li Binghua said the third round recruitment campaign would be initiated in March to receive applicants from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, to be followed with another stage of recruitment for the rest of the world. But the Volunteers have to be conversant in Mandarin. The disabled/handicapped are encouraged to apply for the Paralympics Game which will be taking place on 6 - 17 September 2008

The recruitment will focus on eight service areas including VIP escort and translation, vehicle driving, media operation, sport organisation, medical service, awarding ceremony, reception and accommodation as well as security, said an official with the Volunteers' Department of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG).

Food will be provided to the volunteers but they must pay for their own transport to and from Beijing and accommodation in the Chinese capital.

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