27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazan Universiade organisers thank Moscow volunteers

Four months after the Summer Universiade in Kazan, the Games Organising Committee keeps telling thank you to its numerous partners: on November 15 representatives of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate had a meeting with the management team of the Moscow State Humanitarian University named after Mikhail Sholokhov and student volunteers who had greatly contributed to the successful staging of the 27th Summer Universiade.

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During the meeting, Chief of Staff and Deputy Director General of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate Larisa Sulima handed a letter of commendation to Rector of the Moscow State Humanitarian University named after M.A.Sholokhov, Vladimir Nechaev, and thanked him for his tremendous contribution to the preparation and staging of the 27th Summer Universiade and the development of the all-Russian volunteer movement ahead of the Games. She also warmly greeted and thanked the university students who had helped make the Universiade happen. For his part, Director of the Volunteer Department Alexander Karpov recalled how the cooperation with colleagues from Moscow has been evolving and extended sincere congratulations to the Sochi 2014 Volunteer Centre based on the Moscow State Humanitarian University named after Mikhail Sholokhov. A short video was presented to the audience in order to provide them with an insight into the Kazan 2013 volunteer programme, an important aspect of which was the volunteer support at the airports of Moscow.

The cooperation with volunteer centres of the Russian capital began long before the Universiade - 69 volunteers of Moscow took part in the World University Championships across a number of sports: rowing, shooting and canoe sprint in September 2012. They worked for more than 850 hours. The next step was the provision of meet and greet services to Heads of Delegations in April 2013. 120 volunteers welcomed representatives of 160 countries of the world.

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All the experience the volunteers had gained during the test events was successfully put to use during the Universiade on June 29-July 22, 2013. By the way, the team of Moscow volunteers had one of the longest period of work and the longest shifts - 8 hours. The functional areas these volunteers had been mainly involved in are Arrivals & Departures. Their main task was to meet guests at the airports and see them off at the end of the Games, as well as to provide assistance during customs procedures and registration. The selection criteria were rather strict - a good command of English, good knowledge of Russian culture, cross-cultural communication skills. It is in the airports of Moscow that athletes, officials and journalists from around the world were getting their first impression of the country and heard the first greeting 'Welcome to Russia!' from friendly Kazan 2013 volunteers.

More than 350 volunteers were involved in providing meet and greet services at the Moscow airports. Volunteer teams were formed with the support from the Volunteer Centre of the Moscow State Humanitarian University named after Mikhail Sholokhov and the Moscow Department for Families and Youth Policy.

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Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate