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Artur Parfenchikov opened the Center for Volunteer Training, the first of its kind in Russia, for the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students

On February 17th, in Petrozavodsk, Artur Parfenchikov, the Acting Head of Karelia, and Artyom Metelev, the Co-Chairman of the Council of the Association of Volunteer Centers, opened the Karelian center for volunteer attraction and training for the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi. The new organization became the first among 20 others of its kind that will soon appear in different regions of Russia.

The volunteer association in Petrozavodsk is organized on the basis of the Children and Youth Center. Volunteers who are ready to assist in carrying out the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, on October 14-22, will be trained there.

Artur Parfenchikov, the Acting Head of Karelia, appeared with welcoming words in honor of the opening of the Center for Volunteer Training for the World Festival, the first of its kind in Russia:

"It is our honor that Karelia has become the first place for preparing volunteers for the youth festival. It is not easy to deserve the right to be a volunteer, but it is probably twice as difficult to deserve the right to teach others. Only professionals who have shown their abilities in this direction can get such trust," said Artur Parfenchikov, who received a volunteer's personal book in a festive atmosphere.

The Acting Head of the Republic wrote his wishes to the future volunteers who will go to Sochi. These wishes were immediately sealed into a special capsule.

According to Artyom Metelev, the Co-Chairman of the Council of the Association of Volunteer Centers, who arrived at the opening, the results achieved by the center in Petrozavodsk will help to continue the practice of involving public organizations in solving such issues, along with universities and government institutions.

The team of the Karelian Center is already actively involved in attracting volunteers to the festival. In total, 40 participants and more than 70 volunteers from Karelia will travel to Sochi. Volunteers will work in 13 areas, among them event management, media support, medical support, catering, linguistic services and other functions.

After the completion of the application campaign, the Karelian Center will start training future volunteers. Their team will be formed by June.

It should be noted that the National Preparatory Committee of the festival received 76 applications from 47 regions of Russia, wishing to organize volunteer training centers. The Karelian Center has become one of twenty associations of its kind that will also function in Moscow, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Kazan, Krasnodar, Arkhangelsk and other cities. It will be preparing not only Karelian children, but also representatives of the Northwestern Federal District for volunteer work.

Citizens aged 18 to 70 can become volunteers, and the applicants are invited to the Children and Youth Center of Petrozavodsk (71 Nevsky Prospect). Applications are accepted until March 31st.

For more information about the upcoming festival follow the link http://russia2017.com/

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