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Summary in English This report is based on two electronic surveys in connection with the 2016 Lille­ hammer Youth Olympic Games. All volunteers received an invitation to participate in the survey by e-mail before and after the Games. The pre-games survey was answered by 1816 volunteers (response rate 56%), and the past-games survey was answered by 1710 (response rate 53%). Interviews, informal talks and observations supplemented the surveys. Main findings, all presented in the report: • Who are the volunteers? According to the intentions of the Norwegian Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) and Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee (LYOGOC) the involvement of youth in the event was considerable. Half of the volunteers were 29 years old or younger. One fourth of the volunteers reported that they did not have any previous experience with voluntary work. In the older group there were many regulars from previous events. For example, 12 percent had been volunteers at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games. One in four had contributed at a local event in Birken auspices during the past five years. At the Youth Olympic Games there were more female volunteers than males. A clear majority came from Innlandet, the district around Lillehammer. • Why do they engage in volunteering? The motives for participating in volunteering varies between different groups where it primarily is a distinction between young and old. In assessing individual claims the young volunteers give especially high value for the importance of having a certificate for the job as a volun­ teer. Regarding the reason for volunteering at the Youth Olympics, young and older agreed that they wanted to contribute and that this was some­thing they perceived as exciting. Gaining experience was more important among young people than the elderly. • What did the volunteers think about the preparations? In essence, the educational program functioned fairly well according to the volunteers. The training was very general and not specific for most tasks. Young people gave significantly lower values than ​​ older ones on issues related to the preparations. • How did the volunteers evaluate their experiences afterwards? The volunteers expressed very great satisfaction with the working environment. They found, for example, that the mood in their own separate group was very good and they got good response from those they dealt with. In all, they supported the claim that the Youth Olympics had lived up to their expectations (4.7 on a scale from 1 to 5). They were least satisfied with the food offer and clarity in the tasks they should perform. To a small degree the Sjoggfest amounted to an important part of the total experience. The last statement obtained higher values from the youth than the elderly.

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Profile for Norges idrettshøgskole

Report: Volunteering at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016  

Report: Volunteering at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016