Frequently Asked Questions
Games volunteer and City volunteers
- What is the difference between Games volunteers and City volunteers?
- Games volunteers are recruited by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, and will assist with Games operations at Games-related facilities such as Games venues and the Athletes’ Village. City volunteers are recruited by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other municipal authorities hosting Games competition venues, and will provide assistance to Games spectators and tourists visiting Tokyo at airports, major train stations and popular tourism locations. For further information on City volunteers, please visit the website of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other related municipal authorities hosting Games competition venues.
Tokyo Metropolitan Volunteerism Navigation Website
Period and time of volunteer activity
- What happens if the number of competition days at my preferred venue is less than ten days?
- Apart from the competition days, it is possible that volunteers will be required to work on venue or competition preparations for a number of days prior to and/or after the competitions.
- Do volunteers have to work at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games?
- Volunteers can work at either the Olympic or Paralympic Games. Those wishing to work at both events will be required to work at least ten days at each event – a total of 20 or more days.
- What is the typical working day of a volunteer?
- Including rest breaks and standby times, volunteers will be required to work for 8 hours per day.
- Is it possible to apply to become both a Games volunteer and a City volunteer?
- Yes, you are free to apply to both. If you are selected to work as a volunteer at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, please ensure that your working days do not overlap.
- Are there any age limits for applicants?
- All persons born on or before 1 April 2002 are free to apply to become a Games volunteer.
- Does ‘residency qualification to stay in Japan’ mean that I will be required to obtain a long-term visa?
- 'Residency qualification to stay in Japan' is a residency qualification that allows holders to stay in Japan legally. Short-term stay visas are also included in these qualifications.
- My English language ability is not very proficient. Will I still be able to apply?
- There are several volunteer duties that do not require language skills. We would very much like people with a strong desire to take part in volunteer activities to apply even if they have no confidence in their language abilities.
Many overseas athletes, Games-related personnel and spectators will be visiting Japan for the Games, and we anticipate that many overseas nationals will also be working as volunteers. Accordingly, if you are able to communicate in a foreign language at least a basic conversational level, we believe that you will enjoy your volunteer experience even more.
- Is it possible for people with an impairment to apply to become a volunteer?
- Yes, we are hoping to recruit as many volunteers as possible, regardless of any impairment. Please note that if a person with an impairment who wishes to apply to become a volunteer also requires a helper or caregiver, that helper/caregiver must submit a separate application to become a volunteer. When completing the application form, please state this fact in the remarks column.
- I understand that applicants may select up to three preferred volunteer categories. Will they definitely be assigned to one of these categories?
- We will endeavour to match applicants with one of their preferred categories. Please note, however, that this may not always be possible.
- Are special qualifications required for any of the volunteer categories / roles?
- A regular driving license will be required for some activities in the ‘transportation support’ category. Apart from that, no particular qualifications will be required.
- Will previous experience of volunteering at past Games, at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and/or the Tokyo Marathon be taken into account when selecting volunteers?
- We would very much like those with previous experience of volunteering at major sporting events to apply.
Orientation and Training
- I live on a remote island in Japan, and I would like to know if it would be possible for me to take part in the orientation and training sessions by video call as overseas residents will be doing?
- Persons resident in Japan will be required to attend the orientation and training sessions in person at the applicant’s preferred venue selected during the registration process.
- I live overseas, and I would like to know if it would be possible to attend the orientation and training sessions personally rather than by video call?
- Yes, this will be possible.
- Will the orientation and training sessions be conducted in languages other than English?
- We plan to conduct these sessions in English and Japanese.
- Please provide details about insurance arrangements (applicable age, exactly what does the insurance cover, and whether the volunteer will be required to pay the insurance premium)?
- The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will arrange insurance that will cover all volunteers during their working hours (hours during which they engaged in volunteer activities). Volunteers will not be required to pay the premium for this insurance. We are currently examining the optimum insurance policy to ensure the safety and peace of mind of all volunteers.
- Would you tell me about Volunteer Strategy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020?
- The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have put together a collection of basic concepts which will guide the recruitment and training of volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Games. You can access it via the following link:
- Can I make an inquiry by email?
- Yes, the Tokyo 2020 Games Volunteer Office accepts email inquiries.
Email address: contact-center(at)volunteer.tokyo2020.jp
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