Konnichiwa! I'm Mami, a trilingual girl in Japanese, English and Chinese.
This time, I would like to share with you the general training for Tokyo Olympic volunteers that I participated in October 2019.
First of All
I participated in the May 2019 Volunteer Orientation (click here for the article on Tokyo 2020 Orientation).
Four months later, on September 19, 2019, I received a email titled "Request to reserve Field Cast General Training"!
The text of the email went something like this.
I participated in this event on a certain day in October 2019, and I would like to tell you about it.
The location is the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center, a seven-minute walk from Sangubashi Station on the Odakyu Line.
The facility was used as an athlete's village for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Here we spent three hours (with a 15-minute break) attending a general volunteer training course focusing on the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Disability Equality Training (DET).
Content of General Training for Volunteers
The three goals of the common training are as follows ;
- Understand what is expected as a Tokyo 2020 volunteer
- Make frineds
- Get basic information about the Olympic and Paralympic Games
For two out of three hours, the lecture will focus on the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, using the Field Cast HANDBOOK below.
In addition, to achieve the goal of "making friends," a self-introduction and quiz-answering activity with nearby participants were also included .
The most interesting part was the 45-minute Disability Equality Training (DET).
According to the definition of the Disability Equality Training Forum, disability equality training is "training to promote the Act on the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities" and "workshop-type training facilitated by persons with disabilities themselves with the aim of creating a symbiotic society based on the social participation and diversity of persons with disabilities.
The content was of high quality, encouraging participants to think seriously on the difficult question of "what is a disability" while showing specific videos.
Volunteer Selection Schedule
Finally, I will explain the upcoming selection schedule.
|March 2020||Role and Venue offer|
|April 2020||Participate in role-specific and leadership training|
|May 2020||Receipt of uniforms|
|June 2020||Participate in venue-specific training|
After March 2020, the role and venue will be notified by email, and the matching will not be successful until the participant presses the Accept button.
Therefore, it is important to check e-mails frequently from March 2020 onward.
After you accept, you will be notified of your shift by email, and if you accept your shift (even if you can't participate in some of them), you will move on to the next step (training, receiving uniforms, and receiving your conference ID).
Last, but not least
The three-hour general training for volunteers ended before we knew it.
As I didn't know the content of the general training beforehand, so I thought there would be an interview to match roles (attendant, media, etc.).
But the training really finished in three hours of classroom learning.
I would like to be an "attendant" who seems to need language skills because of my job (as a fledgling Japanese-English interpreter).
But what should I do if I am assigned to be a driver in the role notification?
At the last interview, I clearly informed to the evaluators that I can't provide driving service...
There are still many things we don't know about the Tokyo 2020 Volunteers, but it's my only chance to participate in the Olympics, who was unable to get both her Olympic and Paralympic tickets!
So for now, I would like to leave it to fate and luck.
Lastly, the uniforms are shown below (the panel the mannequin has is handwritten by a Japanese famous person).
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