3 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer for The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Written By: Santiago Brignole Araujo

Date Published: 2nd December 2019

In this article, we will tell you about Tokyo 2020 volunteers and review experiences of volunteers in past games. How much of an impact will participating on the Olympics will highlight your profile? Let's find out.

The Olympic games are the world sporting event par excellence. Athletes from all over the world compete, giving everything of themselves and honoring the chivalrous spirit of this competition. Undoubtedly, Tokyo will be the center of attention during 2020, and volunteering is the chance for people who cannot compete to be part of a historical event.


The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, will take place from July 24 to August 9 in Japan's capital city. The games, which will seek to be the most innovative in history, will be build in three key concepts:

“Strive to do your best, accept each other and leave a legacy for the future.”

These three concepts also encompass the more than 80,000 volunteers who will be helping to make the best possible sport event ever made. Fun fact about 2020 Tokyo Olympics: The Olympic games connection with Japan began thanks to Jigoro Kano, who was the first Asian member of the international Olympic committee and creator of the martial art Judo.

Kano was a promoter of both martial and sports values and back in 1940, he did everything possible to make Tokyo the host city of the Olympic games. Now his legacy continues as Tokyo is yet again chosen as the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games. 

Benefits of Volunteering in The Olympics

For some people, the idea of committing to be a volunteer can seem daunting or even impossible. The reasons are diverse: the remoteness of the host countries, the level of pre-event preparation, amongst other personal reasons people might have.

However, this should not be an impediment, since the aim of the volunteers is not only to help the best possible realization of the event, but also to foster growth and exchange experiences with all the people involved, including athletes and national team members.

1. Organizational Training

The Olympic organization provides a series of training with the aim of making the volunteers as confident as possible while doing their work. Specifically, volunteers will be given thorough briefings as well as training of the event management conduct itself. Most of the time volunteers are given tourism or team support related responsibilities which even for those specific roles, special training and briefing is compulsory for the selection. It's not all the time that you get a lesson of event management through one of the most remarkable historical events there are.

Clara Roig from Argentina, participated in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games as a volunteer in the area of language services, performing simultaneous interpretation with English, French and Russian.

“We were selected through interviews in which they assessed our language level, and then we did two training stages: one with an online platform, on more general issues regarding volunteering in the Olympic Games, and the second, face-to-face, on techniques of simultaneous interpretation and translation.

Fiorella Tombolini (Right)