Nizhny Novgorod, now hosting the 2018 FIFA World CupTM, boasts over 1,000 volunteers aged between 16 and 76, Director of the City Administration's Department of Culture Natalia Sukhanova told journalists at the City Press Center.
"We started receiving requests from people wanting to become volunteers back in 2016 and altogether there were 3,600 of them. Successful candidates had to be fluent in foreign languages; they were also coached on security matters and also had to become professional guides. The current World Cup involves 1,100 accredited volunteers, primarily young girls aged 16 and over. We've got 35 senior citizens as well, the oldest being the grand age of 76," Sukhanova noted.
The ten foreign volunteers from China and Zambia, also working, were trained and accredited on a par with all the others.
"People still wishing to become volunteers should register on our website and pass online tests. They also have to complete job interviews, with recruiters assessing their language skills. Our volunteers have to know at least one foreign language. They have also been trained in Spanish, German and English. Each of them has been provided with a phrase book," Sukhanova said.
It took the present volunteers 12 months to complete their training in a lot of fields, including in jobs like servicing the FIFA fan fests, first aid, tourist information, transport, navigation and working in the volunteer-management office, Sukhanova added.