Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games Still Seeking Volunteers

Time is slowly ticking as preparations are underway for the most anticipated event in British Columbia: The 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games. Yet this international event cannot take place without volunteers, and the Vancouver Olympics Committee is still seeking Vancouverites to help out with many of the positions and opportunities.

VANOC mascotsThere are five different programs available for volunteers:

To apply, volunteers need to fill out a form from the 2010 website as soon as possible. Requirements and commitment slightly differ depending on the volunteer position; however, all volunteers are expected to be available for the entire Games period (February 21-28, 2010) and work a minimum of 13 shifts. A normal volunteer day will be around 8-10 hours with breaks included.

Students do not have to worry about their class schedules conflicting with the Olympics as SFU has joined the Vancouver 2010 community contributor program. Although the school will remain open during the Games period, there will be a two-week break in classes. So go ahead and apply- embrace this once in a lifetime opportunity as Vancouver welcomes the world to this international event!

For more information, visit the 2010 website or the Volunteer Information Center at 1-866-925-8657 (open from Mon-Fri from 9-5 PST). You can also visit Symplicity to see which opportunities VANOC is especially recruiting for. Current listings include:

Don’t want to get involved with the Games? Consider volunteering with one of the many other organizations in Metro Vancouver that relies on volunteers. Visit Symplicity, or for an opportunity that fits your interests.

By Hannah Choo