28th International Olympiad in Informatics

Friday, August 12 - Friday, August 19, 2016

29 November 2015
Volunteering – give it a go!

Both in the months leading up and during the competition itself, the XXVIII International Olympiad in Informatics will involve the help of more than 250 volunteers.

The XXVIII International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) is due to take place in August 2016. It is up to the organisers to ensure that both the preparation and the actual competition are conducted at the highest level.

Of course, an undertaking of this magnitude would not be possible without the help of volunteers. Volunteer sign-up and training for IOI 2016 will take place at a special volunteer centre at KFU.

A volunteer application form can be found on the IOI 2016 website. Upon its completion, any student can take part in the volunteer selection process, where organisers will carefully choose the most suitable candidates.

“We need to find volunteers with the exceptional qualities that will allow them to work well as part of a team, achieve great end results and deliver a competition of the standard we are looking for. The main things we are looking for are communication skills, ability to handle stress, organisational skills and teamwork,” says Head of Sports Volunteers at KFU Regina Khalikova.

Candidates will be assigned suitable positions depending on their skills and knowledge bases. Of particular interest to the selectors are those volunteers with a command of foreign languages.

In October 2015, presentations for potential Olympiad student volunteers were given in institutes with a focus on foreign languages (the Institute of Philology and Cultural Communication and the Institute of International Relations and Mass Communication), institutes specialising in IT-related studies (the Institute of Computational Mathematics and Information Technologies and the Higher Institute for Information Technologies and Information Systems), as well as in the Derevnya Universiady and Studencheskii gorodok halls of residence. It is also hoped that students at the KFU IT Lyceum and the KFU N.I. Lobachevski Lyceum will take part.

“We have identified the four main roles of volunteers: “Attaché”, “Arrivals and Departures”, “Accreditation” and “Contest”, although in total there are about twenty areas that volunteers will be involved in. 90 volunteers will be assigned to the participant countries at the Olympiad,” continues Ms. Khalikova.

Other key areas of training for volunteers include: “Derevnya Management at IOI 2016”, “Communication”, “Culture and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies”, “Food and Drink”, “The Information Centre”, “Issuing of Equipment”, “Marketing”, “Media Relations”, “Protocol”, “Excursions”, “Organisation of Volunteer Work”, among others.

Interviews of potential volunteers will begin in February 2016 in the Volunteer Recruitment Centre located in the UNICS Cultural and Sports Centre.

“Volunteer training will consist of training seminars designed to teach the volunteers to work together cohesively and offer practical exercises in conflict resolution, as well as covering their areas of responsibility in more detail. Group English-language lessons are also planned,” adds the Centre’s Manager.

By way of incentive, volunteers will receive souvenirs of the competition as well as tickets to the Olympiad opening and closing ceremonies. But more importantly, volunteers will earn the gratitude and recognition from those so reliant on their help.

The International Olympiad in Informatics represents a fantastic opportunity to share experiences and IT expertise, practice a foreign language with native speakers and make new friends from all around the world.



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