Organizers looking for more volunteers
by Organizing Committee|18 APR 2019
Volunteers at 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
photo: Jan Sukup
The Organizing Committee of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia is offering hockey fans a unique opportunity to see the tournament from a new perspective. With only four weeks remaining before the start of the championship they need more volunteers to help organize this remarkable event.
The Organizing Committee is in charge of the coordination and running of the tournament, but volunteers are an essential part of the planning. Indeed, it wouldn’t be possible to organize the World Championship without volunteers.
There are a variety of volunteer positions currently available. Some jobs require helping in arenas or helping journalists, teams, and visitors. The first recruitment period was from September to December 2018, but now another period is starting. 
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“We had a great deal of interest from potential volunteers, but at the time they didn’t know their schedules for May 2019, and they subsequently didn’t apply for positions,“ explained Michaela Grendelova, the head of communication for the 2019 WM. “As a result, we have started a new round of recruiting to give new applicants the chance to be a part of this extraordinary event. The current recruitment period will continue only until April 30, and we will fill jobs in administration, organization, and logistics.“
“There are several criteria applicants must be able to meet. They must be at least 18 years of age, be able to speak English, have a clean record, and have a flexible schedule during the tournament,“ Grendelova explained. „We will select applicants for both Bratislava and Kosice, but because of the available positions volunteers cannot work in both cities.“
Working hours will depend on the position and an agreement between the volunteer  and their assigned manager or supervisor. There will be some 700 volunteers at the 2019 IIHF WM. KoŇ°ice, where the Slovak team will play, will be home to 300 volunteers, while the other 400 will work out of Bratislava. Interested people can apply on the official championship website using the link to „volunteers.“
Volunteers are not paid but instead gain a unique experience in the running of a world-class event. They get to know an event from the inside, and the 2019 WM is the biggest event in Slovakia this year. Volunteers will also receive official clothing which is theirs to keep, as well as a certificate acknowledging their commitment and dedication to the event. Meals, water, and public transportation are also provided.
“To give of their time to help organize and operate the tournament is a unique gesture of support and is much appreciated by the organizers,“ added Igor Nemecek, director of the 2019 Organizing Committee. “Without our volunteers, we would not have a tournament, and we are grateful to everyone who applies.“
Most volunteers who have aleady applied are students or retired workers. Besides Slovaks, who are not only from Bratislava and Kosice but from around the country, there has been interest from people across Europe, as well as Canada, the United States, and New Zealand.
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