Olympic/Paralympic Volunteer Seminar held at TUFS

February 26, 2019

From Tuesday 18th until Thursday 20th of September, an Olympic/Paralympic Volunteer Seminar (held by the Social Coordination Management Office and the Volunteer Action Space - VOLAS) aimed at TUFS students and alumni was held in Room 114 of the Research and Lecture Building. This seminar was held in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Games, and aimed at teaching the knowledge, skills, etiquette and attitude required for volunteering at the games.

Over the course of three days, a variety of lectures were held, covering topics such as the nature of volunteering from many different perspectives, and what volunteers must be wary of when giving support. These lectures were not all taught in the typical “classroom style”, and included practical learning components.

Examples of Lectures held:
Risk Management (taught by Mr. Noriyoshi Kumagai of the Tokyo Voluntary Action Center)
Universal Etiquette (Ms. Tomoko Iguchi of the Fuchu Social Welfare Conference)
Communication Skills (Hospitality) (taught by Ms. Atsuko Arai, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.)
The Appeal of Parasports (taught by Mr. Hiroshi Nojima, Japan ChairSki Association)
An Introduction to Language Support (taught by TUFS Language and Culture Supporter, Mr. Kenichi Tanaka)

On the last day of the seminar, TUFS students Mina Yanaka (School of International and Area Studies, Central European Studies, second year) and Kaori Yamamoto (School of International and Area Studies, Southwest European Studies, fourth year) gave talks on their volunteer experiences at the Pyeongchang Olympic/Paralympic Games, and participants reviewed what they had learnt over the course of the seminar.

This seminar was a good opportunity for students to take another look at the personal significance volunteering has for them in preparation for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Games.

Reference:【Event Information】Volunteer Action Space VOLAS (Japanese)