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U.S. College Students will Volunteer at PyeongChang Olympics

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George Washington University president Steven Knapp, left, and Hee-Beom Lee, the president of the organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, sign an agreement to provide Olympics volunteer opportunities for students. Photo: Logan Werlinger/GW Today

George Washington University will send up to 50 students to volunteer at the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, Korea, according to a Memorandum of Unterstanding, signed with Lee Hee-beom, President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee.

“This exciting partnership with the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will offer our students a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about how the Games are organized, while also experiencing the riches of Korean life and culture,” said Dr. Steven Knapp, president of the university, with Lee Hee.-beom adding: “PyeongChang 2018 volunteers will come from many different backgrounds and cultures. I am confident that students from George Washington University will enjoy this special opportunity in PyeongChang and bring their professionalism and passion to the Games…”

The POCOG Organizing Committee has also signed agreements with four more universities: the State University of New York, George Mason University, the University of Utah, and Ghent University (Belgium).

Roughly 10-30 students from each university will be selected to work as volunteers in the areas of airport reception, transportation and protocol during Games time. Meanwhile, the main volunteer program for the 2018 Olympics has generated a huge amount of interest – 91,656 applications from 145 countries for the 22,400 positions available.

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba. 

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