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How Beijing and Melbourne did it

india Updated: Aug 11, 2010 00:42 IST

Beijing Olympics 2008 Volunteers:

Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, 2008, deployed 100,000 volunteers out of 450,000 applications.

Volunteers were mainly recruited in Beijing area with colleges as the principal source. A part of the pool was recruited from outside Beijing, from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as from overseas Chinese and foreigners.

China selected volunteers who were proficient in both foreign languages and Mandarin.

Volunteers were taught about Olympic Games, Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the knowledge and skills on the service for the disabled, courtesy, first-aid and emergency rescue, etc.

They were also trained on professional knowledge and skills the volunteers should have mastered for the work at their posts.

Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006 Volunteers:

Around 15,000 volunteers were pressed into service during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. The Australian government supported the Melbourne 2006 Volunteer Program with the Volunteer Sponsor Family and the Victorian Government, the host Government for the Games.

More than 20,000 applications were received in just eight days.

Volunteers were assessed by Volunteer Assessment Teams (themselves volunteers). These assessments, which took place throughout 2005, helped engage passionate, committed volunteers to deliver the event in March 2006.

In late 2005, the volunteers was advised of their roles, location, times and dates they would be involved with during the Games. Rosters were released in November 2005.