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There is a clear correlation between age and response. For 10 out of 11 statements there is a significant age difference. The exception is “After this volunteer experience, it is more likely that I will volunteer for other events in the future”, where they concur. For eight of the statements (clear schedules, the situation of staffing, quality of clothing, positive feedback, good atmosphere, expectations) young people stand out from the other two groups by disagreeing more. For the food services and functional clothing, the oldest group differs from the other two by agreeing more with these statements. Not surprisingly, young people are more positive towards the statement that Sjoggfest was an important part of their experience because they participated in it to a greater degree. As a digression, we looked at this statement with a follow-up question about how many Sjoggfest activities they participated in. Not surprisingly, there is a clear positive correlation between Sjoggfest being important for their experience and their participation in several of these activities. The pattern above is sustained if we control for gender, but it is significantly clearer among men than among women. This means that if we just look at the women, some of the significant differences disappear, but the pattern is the same as it is for men. While there is a marked age context in relation to how they respond to the 11 statements, gender is less important. Several significant gender differences were found only in the youngest age group – young men agree more with the statements that they received clear tasks, while young women agree more with the statement that Sjoggfest was important for the experience, and they felt an increased desire to volunteer compared to men of the same age. In the age group 30–50 years, the women agree to a greater degree than men that the food was good, while there are no gender differences in the oldest age group. As well as age and gender, we looked at the extent of volunteering experience. A comparison between those who had no experience and those who did does not show major differences. Regardless of gender and age, there are some differences: those without experience reported that they had not been given specific tasks compared to those with experience. On the other hand, the volunteers without experience considered the food, the clothing and Sjoggfest as more important than those who had experience. The young people without ­experience (both women and men) were more positive about the portal for volunteers than those who had experience. Moreover, young women with no experience and women in the age group 30–50 years without experience were significantly more positive about the statement that the clothing was nice-looking and functional than their peers were. Of the variables age, gender and experience, it is clear that age has the greatest explanatory power relative to how they respond. Gender and experience from voluntary work have about the same (relatively modestly) explanatory power.

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Report: Volunteering at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016  

Report: Volunteering at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016