Application Timeline and Process:
The application process starts almost 2 years prior to the Olympics so if you’re planning to volunteer in the 2020 games in Tokyo search “volunteer in Olympics 2020” around September of 2018. The Olympics have different websites for each city therefore you’ll need to wait until Tokyo sets up their site before applying.
2 years before the Olympic Games
The on-line application is lengthy and requires a fair amount of time to answer many detailed questions. It’s important to spend time answering the open-ended questions completely. Be sure to submit the application before the deadline. Remember, only 1/2 of the applicants are chosen for the on-line interview so don’t take any chances on not getting past the first part of the process.
1 year before the Olympic Games
After you’ve submitted your application the only emails you’ll likely receive for a while are the training modules which need to be completed (more on that later).
Approximately 4-6 months after submitting your application you will HOPEFULLY receive an invitation to participate in an on-line interview. This is not something to be nervous about but something you should prepare for in advance.
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 as it may not be as easy as Skype to log in
Many people on our call had a challenge clicking the “video” link and therefore we couldn’t see them (or hear them if they had their speakers off)
Be sure to verify the time of your on-line interview. It may be set to Tokyo time therefore you’ll need to verify the interview time 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.