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A window into volunteer woes

other Updated: Aug 25, 2010 00:19 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravary
Shubhodeep Chakravary
Hindustan Times
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"The RSTs are over." "No clue about VSTs. HELP." "The Acc. Cards are still awaited. Any one to share the grief?"

Such updates are all over the place on social networking sites these days, as Commonwealth Games volunteers have made cyberspace their one-stop location for information on pre-event training and roles during the Games.

Facebook, for one, has become the online portal addressing a wide variety of queries, notices, grievances and general information pertaining to the Games. Volunteers themselves manage most of the pages dedicated to the CWG here, and are busy either posting queries or addressing them.

"It is a good way to interact with other volunteers. There are 30, 000 of us and obviously it's not possible to meet everyone, but our doubts and experiences are mostly similar. Networking sites make the best sense" said 27 year-old Aniket Dutta, who is gearing up for his venue-specific training at the Talkatora Stadium early next month.

Not all though, are using the freedom that the web has to offer to hone their social skills. "I called the OC helpline for acc. These buggers are clueless," posted one volunteer. When HT contacted him later, the 25-year-old said he did not even know that accreditation forms were being given out till he saw it on a status update on the social networking site.

Oindrilla Ganguly, waiting to hear about her tourism related role, echoes the thought. "I was in Melboune a month before the 2006 Games there. They had volunteers posted at every airport, rail junction, commercial district and major hotel. I don't see any here as of now," she said, adding that most of the information she receives is through Facebook.

Members associated with the volunteer training programmes though, downplay the role Facebook is playing in easing their work.

"We are dealing with a huge number and of course there can be a few who don't get the details on time. We have a helpline number dedicated to the volunteers ," said an official at Amity University, the main centre for training CWG volunteers.