Students of Southern Federal University to become tour guides and interpreters at 2018 World Cup

Many students consider the World Cup as an opportunity to practice language, among other things
24 December 2015

The students of the Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don will work as tour guides and translators during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The corresponding decision was made at the round table dedicated to the World Cup. The meeting was attended by students, graduates of the Southern Federal University, teachers, companies that provide services in tourism and construction, as well as the head of city administration Sergey Gorban.

Assistant professor of political science at the Institute of History and International relations at the Southern Federal University Maria Ponomareva said that many students are considering the World Cup, as an opportunity to practice language, among other things.

"Студенты, принимавшие участие в заседании, выразили желание и готовность принимать участие в мероприятиях Чемпионата мира, – сказала Пономарева. – Молодые специалисты хотят стать волонтерами, а также предложить администрации города свои проекты по улучшению туристической привлекательности города".

"The students, who participated in the meeting, have expressed their willingness to participate in the World Cup events. Young professionals want to become volunteers, as well as present their projects on improving the tourist attraction of the city to the city administration," she said.

Volunteer program

On October 14, the Sports Ministry awarded Russian universities with certificates. These universities will be set up training centers for volunteers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. Mutko presented certificates to 15 heads of higher education institutions, representing 11 cities that will host Championship matches.

In total, more than 20,000 volunteers will be involved in the events of the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Attraction, selection process and training of volunteers will start in the second quarter of 2016.