VANOC have received applications from hopeful volunteers in every Canadian province and territory and from 96 different countries including Venezuela, Lithuania, Barbados and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Workopolis, Canada’s biggest job site and VANOC’s online recruitment partner, helped support the Call for Volunteers across Canada with a major advertising and public relations campaign. Worldwide information technology partner Atos Origin created and supports the secure volunteer application platform, which collects and processes volunteer data for Vancouver 2010.
While building a highly capable and well-trained team of volunteers during Games time is critical, the 2010 Winter Games have already benefited from the efforts of 430 pre-Games volunteers actively engaged in planning the event. Many of them played a significant role throughout the bid process, and continue to contribute to the ongoing planning stages of the Games.
The volunteer selection process will take about two years and several steps along the way including:
- Application (The online application process for volunteers started February 12th, 2008 and continues until all roles are filled).
- Phone screen (From July 2008 to the end of 2009)
- Security clearance (September 2008 to the end of 2009)
- Interview (September 2008 to the end of 2009)
- Orientation and Customer Service Excellence training (September 2008 to the end of 2009)
- Offer of a volunteer position (offers will be extended throughout 2009)
- Acceptance. Volunteers are asked to accept or decline positions in a timely manner.
- Job-Specific and Venue-Specific Training (Fall 2008 to January 2010)
- Scheduling (Fall 2009).
You'll be considered a 2010 Winter Games volunteer after you've passed the security screening, have been offered and accepted a position and have completed the accreditation process.
Volunteering allows you to fill out your resume developing communication, career building and social skills that will be useful in your Career.