• Marina SukharkovaEmail author
Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 15)


Today in Russia a number of initiatives to involve citizens in the volunteer activities of NGOs at the federal level exist. One of the most striking examples is sports volunteering – the Olympic volunteer movement and the Sochi 2014 Volunteer Training Centers. Nine years before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Volunteer Training Centers were installed as nonprofit organizations. Their structure was transformed into the Association of Volunteer Centers of Russia. In recent years, Russia has hosted several major international events that have all involved volunteers. To improve programs for working with volunteers and to increase the number of volunteers and the quality of their work, it is necessary to have information about the motivation and expectations of volunteers, the result of their work, and how they use their volunteer experience. The program initiated to train and educate the volunteers for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games has turned out to be very useful. The program has measures to support and motivate volunteers of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Center for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector of the National Research University “Higher School of Economics,”MoscowRussia

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