2010 Fifa World Cup in need of volunteers

Do you want to be part of the World Cup?

Applications are now open to volunteers for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. If you want to join in, the process is quite simple and easy, and there are positions open in environmental services for those who lean towards the green side of things.

To join up, simply visit the website and fill out the required details. To be eligible you will have to be 18 years or older by March 2010, must be able to speak English and have a matric qualification.

Volunteers are the public face of the tournament, they always play a vital role in all aspects of the World Cup and are essential to its success. In total, 15 000 volunteers are needed in specific areas.

These are: accreditation, marketing, media, protocol services, spectator services, transportation, administration, environmental services, welcome and information services, information technology and telecommunication, language support, rights protection programme, logistic services, hospitality and ushering services, and volunteer management.

Concerning the role of volunteers, Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the Local Organising Committee has stated that they are the backbone of the tournament.

"From ushering people to their seats, to assisting the media and foreign language speakers, welcoming people at the airport and driving guests around, it is the volunteers that actually make the tournament happen."

Since your work will be voluntary, there is no pay involved. The idea is that one donates one's time and skills to ensuring that our country successfully hosts the largest sporting event in the world. Also, it allows one to meet and interact with people from different races, cultures, backgrounds, ages and nationalities. And you get to have a whole lot of fun at the same time (never mind the bird's eye view of the games).

Applications will be available online, and those without internet access will be able to apply through certain venues in the host cities. If any one requires additional information or help they should contact the call-centre at 0800 52 52 52.

Short-listed volunteers will have to undergo an interview process, and in the event that you are chosen, you will go through training and induction workshops.

Applications close on the 31st of August