26/06/2018

Aslanov: foreign volunteers to become informal ambassadors of Russia

Aslanov: foreign volunteers to become informal ambassadors of Russia
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The list of 2018 FIFA World Cup volunteers in Rostov-on-Don includes 402 members of the Russia 2018 Local Organizing Committee, said Yakov Aslanov, Deputy Rector for Educational Work and Implementation of Youth Programs at the Southern Federal University, during a news conference at the City Press Center.

"Our center has a great number of foreign volunteers; after the World Cup, they will become informal ambassadors of Russia," Aslanov said. "They will be sharing stories about their experience of living in Russia and our city — hopefully, there will be nothing but positive things to share. Perhaps, this will break certain negative biases towards Russians."

During the World Cup, foreign volunteers mainly provide the visitors with language assistance, he added.

"Our center officially accompanied delegations of athletes from Mexico and Uruguay during recent matches," Aslanov said.

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2018 World Cup volunteers: development of the volunteer movement in Rostov-on-Don