The Volunteer center for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, opened in December 2015 in the Volgograd State University, passed the mandatory certification process.
Deputy Head of the Department of Professional Education and Science at the National Training Foundation Alexander Klyagin and Head of Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" division in Volgograd Pavel Timachev were among the people inspecting the center.
"Our future work depends on successfully passing the certification process, it shows that the center staff and Volgograd State University administration are ready for further implementation of the 2018 World Cup volunteer program,” Director of the center Ivan Radko said.
The certification process included a number of parameters that were used to assess the state of the volunteer center: informational content, branding of the volunteer center, facilities for staff and interviewers in the future, and regulatory support. A barrier-free environment was an important requirement, which was created in the Volgograd State University for volunteers with disabilities participating in the events.
The Certification Commission noted that the university promotes the volunteer movement among students: at the end of the semester students receive social activity certificates that affect receiving increased study allowance. Klyagin proposed to use this experience in other universities. “Not all 15 volunteer centers for the 2018 World Cup can show such a rich accumulated volunteer experience,” he said. “I can see that the center and the city administration and regional authorities set up great cooperation, teamwork is in progress and it is very pleasing," he added.
The commission also included Chairman of the Volgograd Region Youth Policy Committee Elena Slesarenko, Consultant for the Volgograd region Committee of Physical Culture and Sport Natalia Egunova, Chairman of the Youth Policy and Tourism Committee for the Volgograd Administration Timofey Yurchenko, Vice-principal for educational work at the Volgograd State University Sergey Kanischev and Head of the Department educational work of the university Maria Privalovа.