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14 November 2014

Deadline to volunteer at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games extended

Have you dreamed of being part of the biggest sporting event on the planet? The application deadline for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Volunteers Programme has been extended until 15 December, 2014.


70,000 people – from all over the world – will volunteer to perform more than 500 roles during the Games, such as interpreters, receptionists, drivers, assistants, reporters and medical professionals.

“The volunteers are indispensable for the success of the Games, they are the soul of the event,” said Flávia Fontes, head of the Rio 2016 Volunteers Programme. “A person in the city could go through the Games without seeing an athlete with their own eyes, but it would be impossible not to meet a volunteer. They play a part in everything, helping and providing information to spectators, assisting heads of state and providing operational support at the ceremonies.”

To take part, applicants must be at least 18 years old in May 2016, have completed basic education (middle/secondary school) and be available for the selection process and to work during the Games. Find out more about the Rio 2016 Volunteers Programme by clicking here.


Want to Volunteer for Wheelchair Rugby in Rio?

The Rio Olympic Organising Committee have supplied wheelchair rugby with a sport specific code for those volunteers that considers themselves to have the experience and/or qualifications to work with Wheelchair Rugby at the Games.

If you are interested in volunteering for sport specific roles with Wheelchair Rugby at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, please send an email with your experience and/or qualifications to BEFORE submitting your volunteer application on the Rio 2016 website.

The code will be issued by the IWRF to individuals on receipt of appropriate applications for inclusion into your volunteer application. This does not guarantee selection, but will highlight your experience with Rio 2016.