27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Volunteers' Academy brings young Russians together under the auspices of 2013 Summer Universiade

A reception and farewell party closed the programme of the 2012 Volunteers' Academy All-Russian Volunteer Training Camp which ran for five days at the Volga Youth Centre.

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The camp brought together representatives of 30 regions of the Russian Federation who after being trained at Volunteers' Academy will return to their volunteer centres and contribute to the training of volunteers for the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan. The project participants went through specialised training across three major lines of activity: Regional coordinators, Recruiters and Trainers. Volunteers coming from every corner of Russia learned how to carry out an efficient recruitment process, plan and manage volunteer training activities, shared best practices and new training methods. Plus, trainees of the Volunteers’ Academy Volunteer Training Camp toured sports venues of the World University Games and got familiar with Kazan 2013's major functional areas.

"The volunteers I saw on Day 1 and today are two different people. The light of awareness flashes in their eyes," commented Rafis Burganov, Tatarstan's Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism, during the closing ceremony of Volunteers' Academy All-Russian Volunteer Training Camp. "If at the beginning everything was new, today they speak one language that is known only to them so far. But I think that after representatives of 30 constituent territories that participated in the camp's programme will return to their 49 higher education institutions and start promoting the message they learned here, there will be more and more people with the same light of awareness in their eyes." According to the Minister, in the years to come Russia will play host a large number of high-profile sporting events which will lead to a chain reaction in terms of promotion of the ideas of sports volunteering. 

"The camp had a very busy programme and if on their way to Kazan participants had a host of questions, today they have no questions at all," said Larisa Sulima, Chief of Staff and Advisor to the Director General of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate. "The programme was well designed: we divided all participants into three groups - regional coordinators, recruiters and trainers - and all of them underwent intensive training on such topics as ideology, terminology, conceptual framework and got acquainted with the work system that will be introduced across the regions in the build-up to the 2013 Summer Universiade. At the same time, as organisers we are pleased that these days we managed to become one big and tight-knit Kazan 2013 team."

Larisa Sulima also said that information materials were prepared for the Volunteers' Academy trainees to allow them to carry out their volunteer selection activities in compliance with the criteria put forward by the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate. 

Such topics as assignment of quotas for regional volunteers, arrival logistics, venue-specific training were addressed by the Volunteers' Academy trainees. Larisa Sulima specifically noted that representatives of all 11 cities selected to play host to the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches were among participants of Volunteers' Academy. "We are confident that back home they will use our technologies to select and recruit volunteers," she said. 

Training will proceed through distance mode during the next two months and will be followed by an assessment of academic progres and certificates handover. We remind that the Volunteers' Academy Volunteer Training Camp is held for the third time and runs under the auspices of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate and Tatarstan's Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism. 

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Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate