Volunteers from Berlin in Paris for the Euro 2016

The UEFA Euro 2016 is being held in France this summer, and the city of Paris has set up a volunteer program for 400 people who will be helping with this football tournament. When Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris visited Berlin in May 2015 for the Women’s Champions League Final, the Centre Français de Berlin (CFB) came up with the idea of inviting 20 volunteers from Berlin and letting them play an active role in helping with the UEFA European Championship.

The idea is to form two-person teams – one Berliner and one Parisian – who would work together as “Paris-Berlin” in dealing with spectators or the general public. In addition, the Berliners will be working in the fan zone (which can be compared to Berlin’s Fan Mile) and the fan village. Someone from the CFB will also be in Paris acting as a liaison between the city of Paris and the volunteers and helping if any problems arise.

The Berliners should be between 18 and 30 years old and have good French language skills. The Centre Français de Berlin would like to have a diverse group of volunteers (both male and female, as well as a socially diverse group) and will therefore be working with very different stakeholders from sports, the administration, schools, and youth organizations to recruit these volunteers.

Costs for the volunteers’ flights, accommodation, transportation in Paris, and meals while working will be covered. The volunteers will only have to pay for meals and whatever else they need in their free time. A call for applications has started, and the deadline for these applications will be the 14th of March 2016. A representative from CFB will take part in a preparatory meeting in Paris and will organize two preparatory sessions with the Berlin volunteers. A module (“Mook”) is being designed to help the volunteers get ready for their stay. The volunteers will be insured by the city of Paris while on the job; a charter on this aspect is to be signed.
Volunteers will be working five days (for a total of 35 hours) a week and will be given a certificate at the end of their stay. This project is supported by the city of Paris, the federal state of Berlin, and the Franco-German Youth Office.
You can find out more here.