VOLUNTEERS OF THE “CHILDREN OF ASIA” GAMES COMPLETE THEIR GENERAL COURSE STUDIES
Volunteers’ training lasts a little over a month. Every week volunteers attend several lectures in different disciplines. For example, they are taught sports terminology in various languages: English, Chinese, Korean or Japanese. The program also includes local history and intercultural communication. Sakhalin residents are told about the peculiarities and traditions of other nations.
At the Games, volunteers will meet people from different parts of the world. 20 countries have already announced their participation; the organizers expect that this number will increase up to 25. – Lack of knowledge can lead to misunderstandings and confusion. We tell the volunteers about the countries, their capitals, about the people and their usual actions, up to how they should greet or what distance follow, whether they need to look into eyes when talking or not. We also tell about religious peculiarities,”says Ms. Sardaana ZHENDRINSKAIA, Head of International Department of the Games Administration. We began to talk about intercultural communication in spring at an educational camp for volunteers. However, there was only a part of the volunteers. Today, all volunteers attend lectures. The classes are divided into two parts: where volunteers learn about countries of the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and where they separately learn about the neighbors of Sakhalin — Japan, Korea and China. — It is important for volunteers to understand that Asian countries, despite their close geographical location, and some similarities in culture, differ from each other in terms of communication and behavior. What is typical of some is considered unacceptable to others. For example, if in Korea and China, the demonstration of one’s feelings and emotions is not unusual, in Japan such behavior is not welcome. Also, greetings are different: some bow low, others restrained, thirds don’t have a bow and women are the first to extend a hand when meeting a man, not the other way around, and so on. ” says Ms. Nadezhda BYCHENOK, Specialist of International Department. Classes are held on the basis of the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games Administration and Sakhalin State University. They will last until the end of December. In the new year, volunteers will be told how to work on positions: meeting guests, the press center, and so on. Moreover, all sports will be presented to volunteers. — Someone does sports and knows everything, and someone will face this for the first time. And, for example, volunteers of the venue hosting competitions in snowboard need to distinguish its disciplines: whats the difference of big-air events from slope-style. We will fill these gaps”- continues Ms. Sardaana ZHENDRINSKAIA. Volunteers will also take venues tour so that they can help guests and participants to navigate.
It should be recalled that the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games will be held from 8 to 17 February 2019. Participants will be competing for victory in 8 winter sports: skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, figure skating, short track and ice hockey. 1000 volunteers will be working in different venues.