(ED. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to experience something more than just a holiday job. During the last Volvo Ocean Race I was able to interact first-hand with many of the volunteers who had come from many different countries, had many interesting stories to tell, and who were experiencing our country first hand. In my opinion it is an opportunity not to be missed.)
As preparations ramp up for Abu Dhabi’s December/January Volvo Ocean Race Stopover and the yachts battle it out for glory from Spain to the Emirates via Cape Town, more than 200 volunteers are being recruited to help deliver the UAE capital’s 23-day watersports, entertainment and cultural event.
Volunteer roles exist both on and off the water at the purpose-built Destination Village on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Breakwater, which is expected to attract 200,000 visitors between 12th December and 3rd January. Jobs range from overseeing many of the Destination Village’s top attractions, to serving as accreditation officers and information ambassadors, or assisting with race operations.
Beyond contributing to Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a year-round international visitor destination and regional water sports hub, volunteers will be able to meet new people and learn fresh skills.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, speak English and/or Arabic fluently and be able to commit to at least two pre-event orientation/training sessions between 29th November and 6th December and three event days between 12th December and 3rd January. People can sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Volunteer Coordinator, Nicole Scheffer on +971501119747.
Volunteers will undergo full pre-event training including a specialised Volvo Ocean Race mentor programme and will receive official certification of their involvement. They will be provided with specially designed Volvo Ocean Race clothing from Musto, free transportation and parking, a commemorative gift, daily meals and a chance to get up close and personal with the UAE’s own Volvo Ocean Race entrant Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and its Volvo 65 yacht, Azzam.