- Posted July 25, 2014 by
Brazil Natal Volunteer Program is a success
"The volunteers of the Federal Government were distributed in various parts of the city, they received food aid and transportation, weekly and even snack kit and had arrangements work only four hours a day, and 14 non-consecutive days of work," said Justina Iva .
The integral of the Ministry of Sports, Iron Herophilus, who was in Natal, representing the national coordinator of Brazil Volunteer Program, Richard Cappelli, praised the work of volunteering in the city. "The Natal program was one of the best organized in the country, created with the commitment and enthusiasm by the team led by Professor Justina Iva team. I am pleased to note the excellent work. "
The volunteer program of the Federal Government was created to meet the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. The work of volunteers is integrated with the volunteer program of FIFA and works as an extensive network of mobilization , which operates in airports, large flow areas and around the stadiums. In these places, they support the audience attendance: fans, unaccredited media, tourists and the general population.
In Natal, the operating points of the volunteers were the International São Gonçalo do Amarante Airport; Natal road; the bus terminals avenues Miguel Castro, Lima e Silva, Prudente de Morais with Raimundo Keys; in public parking lots Sesi / CAIC and Hyper Bompreço (Prudente de Morais and Engineer Roberto Freire); Private parking (Natal Shopping Center and Midway Mall); Beach Boardwalk; History Center; FIFA Fan Fest; Craft Centre in Praia dos Artistas; promenade of Ponta Negra Beach and footbridge Potilândia.
Campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) ran the 'Volunteer House', which served as support to volunteers with the delivery of uniforms, food card, transport vouchers, Brazil Organic kit, and delivery of all supporting materials (map Natal, games table, comprehensive guide on Natal, fan guide, explanatory booklets on combating the sexual exploitation of tourism and guidelines of the Federal Police, among others). Besides distributed to tourists and spectators material, the volunteers gave information on accessing the Arena das Dunas stadium, the site of delivery of the tickets, exchange shops, ATMs and parking locations.
Natal volunteers participated in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) of the Brazil Volunteer training program for the FIFA World Cup 2014. Between March and May, the group went through a distance training and classroom lessons with the security module and first aid; integration, tourism and urban mobility. Volunteers will receive a Certificate of Extension of the University of Brasilia (UNB) for 200 hours / class.
With much joy and relaxation volunteers approached and were approached by fans at the point of action. At all points, volunteers who spoke two or more languages, which facilitated conversation with foreign tourists there. The commitment of the volunteers was so great during the games or heavy rains in danger volunteers away from their posts of action.
Was the case of advertising, 31, Marcelo Gulart, who starred in volunteering surrounding the Arena das Dunas stadium, despite the heavy rain that occurred at the time of the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Natal, between Mexico and Cameroon, did not remove him from office. "The receptivity of Mexican and Cameroonian fans encouraged further work," all wet from rain, but satisfied.
The Beach Shopping in Ponta Negra which attracts many tourists at all times of the year, was a point of great luxury during the days of Fifa World Cup 2014, in Natal. In the morning, the mall featured four volunteers and coordinators Lorraine Hall and Jessica Brazão. Voluntary Bomtempo Patricia told us that the day of the match between USA and Ghana was the busiest day. "So many Ghanaians as Americans communicated well in Spanish," he said.
The beach promenade of Ponta Negra was a very busy spot during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and scored four volunteers per shift, under the coordination of Elivanda Candido, who actively participated in the work by speaking fluent German and English. According to her, most fans were American, Ghanaian, Australian and Cameroonian.
The Venezuelan Barillos Jennys, who served as a volunteer on site is fluent in five languages. She told that the identification used facilitated the approach to the delivery of information to foreign fans. "The most frequently asked questions were getting to the stadium and where to find ATMs."
The bus terminal located at the intersection of the avenues Lima e Silva St. Joseph featured the work of 14 volunteers, coordinated by Carlos Eduardo de Araújo and Josias Lima, both the Municipal Education (SME) servers. "The site had effective action with the fans by the proximity of the point to the Arena das Dunas stadium," said Josias Lima. (Text: Jacqueline Serafim – Photos: Adrovando Claro)