The application process starts almost 2 years prior to the Olympics. Search 2.5 years in advance if you plan to volunteer in an upcoming Game. Search “volunteer in Olympics ” because the Olympics have different websites for each city. Wait until the city sets up their site before trying to apply.
2 years before the Olympic Games
The on-line application is lengthy and requires time to answer the detailed questions. Therefore, it’s important to spend time answering the open-ended questions completely. Be sure to submit the application before the deadline. Remember, only half of the applicants are chosen for an on-line interview.
1 year before the Olympic Games
Complete the on-line training modules that are sent to you.
Participate in an on-line interview approximately 4-6 months prior to the Olympic Games.
Interview Preparation Tips
- Get your computer set up 15 minutes early
- Be sure both your speakers and microphone are on and working
- Follow their directions specifically
- Verify the time of your interview as it correlates to your time zone.
- There are many different options for times and dates that will be offered for an interview. Be sure to verify a time and date that will definitely work for you. Changing the time/date can be a hassle.
On-line interview questions
My on-line interview consisted of 6 participants and a moderator (another volunteer in Rio).
1. A short, inspirational video may be shown to showcase volunteering in the Rio Olympics.
2. A review a 3 different Olympic athletes were displayed and we were each asked to discuss which athlete we resembled most and why.
3. The task of writing and singing a jingle (just one of us) about volunteering in the Olympics. The words joy, mission, value, and people were suggested to incorporate into the jingle.
4. Lastly, we were asked to name one word which best describes an Olympic volunteer.