(Original post by dobbs)
I realise I'm coming into this thread a little late, but I want to add some things, because I think many people on here (understandably) are of student-age and therefore are volunteering for a variety of reasons but as has come up the 'it looks good on my CV' thing may be a major factor.
From my perspective, I'm a teacher, and I'm giving up nearly 3 weeks of my summer holidays in order to volunteer at the Olympics. I'm spending nearly £200 on a campsite for the duration and will spend more than that when it comes to food, etc.
Why? It's fun
OP have you never volunteered? Yeah I could get paid to do it, but then it's a job
, and I don't want a job. 1-I don't want a contract and be tied into it
,2- I don't want to feel like people think
I'm doing the work I'm doing just for the pay - I want to do it because I want to try to make these Olympic Games one of the most memorable for the people who are a part of it.
I'm a driver, which means I will work face-to-face with all types of people - Olympics committees, athletes, journalists, diplomats, and not just a quick "Hello" and check their ticket, no I'll have them in the back of my car for some period of time, so I'm going to really be able to show them how friendly we are (especially us Geordies
) and hope they have a good time here in the UK
If you speak to anyone
who is volunteering this year who has volunteered at other major sporting events they will all rave about how much fun it is - yes it's demanding work but so what? If you're the type of person who only works hard when you're getting paid then that's your loss, I like to work hard to give a good service, and as I say, help ensure the Games are successful and memorable.
OP - you have a right to your own opinion, get paid if you like, but please don't throw your toys out of the pram because you can't understand why so many people would do it for free
Summary: I can't wait to spend 17 nights in a campsite getting grubby and minging, working 10-hour days ferrying people around in fancy new BMWs and then spending my days off just chilling around the campsite with other Games Makers Paid? No thanks