Interregional Workshop "Communication campaign to attract volunteers to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia" was held in Saransk. The representatives of the volunteer movement of Mordovia, Ulyanovsk and Penza regions, the Mari El republic attended the meeting. Specialized workshops, trainings and meetings were organized at the N. P. Ogarev’s Mordovian State University.
Minister of target programs of the Republic of Mordovia Alexey Merkushin, Ambassador of the 2018 World Cup volunteer program, Head of Mordovia State University Sergey Vdovin, Chairman of the State Committee of Mordovia for youth affairs Natalia Pomelova and General Director of “The management of the host city of Saransk for preparation and holding of the World Cup 2018” Alexey Pleshachkov attended the opening of the interregional workshop.
The meeting was held in the format of open dialogue - speakers answered questions from representatives of educational institutions, community organizations, youth centers and centers for work with elderly volunteers connected with the organization of the World Cup in Saransk.
Tatiana Gomzyakova, director of the department working with volunteers of Organizational Committee "Russia- 2018" presented the volunteer program for the 2018 World Cup. "For me, the volunteer program of the World Cup – is a completely different story, where the volunteer program will not rely on volunteers from other cities, but mainly on the residents of the host regions," she said.
"Of course, we have a lot of work ahead of us. We should organize it correctly, find reference points for contact, and connect two large volunteer program – the Organizing Committee program and Saransk city volunteers program. We are glad that the volunteer program sparks interest not only among the residents of Mordovia, but also Ulyanovsk and Penza regions, the Mari El Republic," Director of the Volunteer Center of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in Saransk Irkyam Surkova said.
Participants of the seminar had a tour to the volunteer center for the 2018 World Cup in Saransk, which successfully passed the certification. The representatives of volunteer movements of the Volga Federal District were introduced to the logistics center and talked to activists.