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Volunteer training in full swing for Ashgabat 2017

04 August, 2017 (14:01)
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With less than 50 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on 17 September, hundreds of volunteers are putting the finishing touches to their leadership training programme.

The training, which falls under the First Stars programme, is just one more step in the lead-up to what will be Central Asia's biggest ever multi-sport event. The team leaders were chosen from 8,000 volunteers who will all take part in Ashgabat 2017.

At their training sessions, the volunteers who are mostly university students receive an introduction to the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will be required to lead a team during the Games.

Each one is being taught how to communicate effectively, how to deliver briefings, how to give appropriate feedback to team members and how to be confident in a fast-paced Games environment. 

At a session held at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex in the Main Indoor Arena, where Belt Wrestling, Traditional Wrestling and Wrestling will take place, some students were already looking forward to what they will take away from their Ashgabat 2017 experience.

Atajan Agageldiyev, a 22 year old who lives in the host city, said he was trying hard to take everything in.  

“After I graduate I want to be a manager and now I am learning how to manage,” he said. “I'm learning things like how to be patient at work, how to communicate with other people and time management skills.” 

Jennet Bekmammedova, who is studying to be a translator at the Turkmen National Institute of World Languages, said she knew that volunteering at the Games would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“It's the first big event in our country. The first volunteering experience in our country,” said the 19 year old. “That's why I wanted to volunteer.”

“I will work hard and solve problems. I will get to talk with people from abroad. This will be good for my future career.”

Another student, Mekan Gulgeldiyev, said improving his English was important for his future career in aviation. 

“I love airplanes and I love flying,” he said. “I want to study to be a pilot so I need English for my studies.”

The students, who were working in groups of four or five, were given a variety of scenarios to discuss and resolve. Each group also had to give a presentation to the class.

Gozel Turayeva, a 19-year-old international economy student, said the group talked about many different situations that could come up during the Games. 

“If we see a bag and nobody with it, we have to know what to do with it,” said Turayeva, who is from Turkmenabat in Lebap province. “If we find a lost child, we talked about how we can find the parents.”

At the end of their training, they will receive a handout which will contain tips and suggestions along with homework to better prepare them for their role at the Games.

The leadership training programme will continue until 22 August.

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