SOCHI, February 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Voluntary guides in eye-catching jackets labeled ‘Ask me’ can be sighted on the streets of the Olympic Sochi on Wednesday. International guests arriving in the Black Sea resort can find volunteers at railway stations and airports and turn to them for help to find the right way at any major public facility.
Besides, first information boxes have already been opened in the streets and squares of Sochi to provide the most comprehensive information about the city and the location of hotels and Olympic sites, the Sochi administration officials told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
The city authorities have invited more than 4,000 volunteer helpers for the Sochi Olympics. They will work not only at sports stadiums and venues, but also in different places around the city.
“The task of volunteers is to create a hospitable atmosphere and to assist visitors in moving around Sochi if one recalls that many guests, and especially foreigners, are for the first time in our city,” Andrey Bezrodnov, the head of the Sochi Administration Directorate for Youth Policy said.
One of the volunteers, a 10th grade student Ivan Suvorov, said in an interview with Itar-Tass that foreign guests in Sochi were most often interested in “how to get to the Olympic Park and what museums can be found in the vicinity”.
“There are no problems in communication, even with guests from Japan. They can speak English as well as I can,” said the boy, who boasts the highest marks in English at school.
Besides special uniform and equipment, all Sochi volunteers have been provided with free SIM cards and detailed maps of the city. On February 7, the opening day of the Olympic Games, young people will assist during celebrations at the sites of cultural events and at fans’ gatherings.