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Kazan 2015 volunteer team to be formed by April

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06.03.2015, 11:34 Volunteers
Another meeting of the Coordination Council for Educational Work of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) of the Republic of Tatarstan was held in Kazan on March 5. The event was also attended by Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, Azat Kadyrov, and Head of the Volunteer Department of the Directorate, Anna Zakhmatova. One of the items on the agenda was the preparation of volunteers for the upcoming 2015 FINA World Championships. It was revealed at the meeting that the volunteer team will feature 2,000 candidates from Tatarstan - the major part of whom will be selected from among students.

The team of non-profit partners for the Organising Committee of the 16th FINA World Championships 2015 in Kazan currently features 37 partners. Among them are 26 ministries and departments representing 20 regions of the Russian Federation. The Republic of Tatarstan will be represented by 11 major higher education institutions the cooperation with which has been established since the build-up to the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan. Since March 2014, the following higher education institutions have been contributing to the implementation of the volunteer programme and promoting the FINA World Championships in Tatarstan: Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Kazan National Research Technological University, Kazan National Research Technical University named after A.N.Tupolev, Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, Kazan State Power Engineering University, Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Kazan State Medical University of Roszdrav, TISBI University of Management, Institute of Economics, Management and Law (Kazan), Kazan Cooperative Institute (branch) of the Russian University of Cooperation, Almetyevsk State Institute of Municipal Services.

In the course of the meeting, pro-rectors for educational work were provided with an update on the progress of the volunteer programme of the FINA World Championships in Kazan. The selection events are coming to an end - the final interviews with volunteer candidates are scheduled for March. Venue teams will be formed by April 2015 when each selected candidate will be assigned to a certain position and receive a job offer with a full description of responsibilities, period of engagement and work schedule. Implementation of the educational programme will be the next stage of volunteer training. In late spring-early summer, volunteers are expected to undergo training that will include two modules: general one (key information on the Championships, organisers, client groups) and special one (function- and venue-specific training aimed at making volunteers familiar with the venue, place of work and area of responsibilities). Shortly before taking up their duties, volunteers will collect their accreditation badges and uniforms. The volunteer team will be fully ready for the Championships on July 17, 2015, by this date Kazan volunteers will be joined by regional and international counterparts.

“The positive experience of working with higher education institutions in terms of implementing volunteer programmes for major sporting and non-sporting events gives us the opportunity to increase the quality of cooperation,” says Head of the Volunteer Department at the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, Anna Zakhmatova. “For instance, this year we are trying to come to an arrangement with partner higher education institutions about how students who will volunteer at the Championships will have their volunteer hours credited toward their work experience internship. Of course, a student’s specialisation, year of study and other criteria will be taken into account. However, as the organisers, we are confident that working at the Championships will enable our volunteers to practice their language skills, at least, or to make their first steps towards their future careers, at most. First of all, we talk about positions for specialist volunteers – linguists, journalists, lawyers, international relations officers, sports managers, etc. Today’s meeting showed once again that students of the Republic of Tatarstan are ready to help stage the upcoming Championships to a high standard while management teams of higher education institutions as usually support our youth’s initiatives.” 

As we previously reported, an awareness-raising project, titled 'Learn Everything About the FINA World Championships!', was implemented in higher education institutions of Tatarstan and volunteer programme partner regions to promote this summer's major aquatics event and to increase people's awareness of the Kazan 2015 volunteer programme. The audience covered by the project in Russia reached more than 75,000 people. In addition to that, as part of the cooperation with non-profit partners, the Kazan recruitment centre arranged special 'student days' when students of this or that partner higher education institution, accompanied by their friends and groupmates, could come and take their interviews at any time convenient for them. More than that, in March recruiters will visit a number of towns across the Republic of Tatarstan and hold a series of selection events; phone and skype interviews will be carried out with regional and international volunteers. 

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