Boris wants 8,000 volunteers to ‘meet and greet’ tourists for 2012 Olympics

Dear Ed... LONDON plays host to the most exciting spectacle on the planet in the summer of 2012—the Olympics.

Do people want to be a part of that history? It will definitely be ‘business as unusual’ during those momentous months.

My job as the Mayor of London’s Olympics adviser is to make sure London continues to run as smoothly as possible.

To help achieve this, we are recruiting an army of 8,000 volunteers to become London ‘ambassadors’.

If anyone fancies a shot at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, read on.

We are expecting tens-of-thousands of extra visitors to descend on the capital to watch and soak up the experience of the 2012 Games, particularly during July and August when the athletes are competing.

London will have to manage its regular activities as well as the extra demand this huge global event will place on our resources.

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So the Mayor and I are looking for enthusiastic Londoners, aged 16 and over who are good at dealing with people, to represent London, especially if they speak more than one language.

They might be exactly what we’re looking for. We want representatives from all our diverse communities who are passionate and knowledgeable about the capital and who want to show the world what London has to offer during this historic moment.

They will be the friendly, helping hand to visitors arriving at airports and rail stations, with information on how to get to places such as sports venues and outdoor screens broadcasting the Games, as well as museums, theatres, restaurants and shopping districts.

Most importantly, they will be a crucial point-of-contact in what will be one of the greatest shows on Earth.

We are giving training, free travel, food and a uniform—not to mention fantastic experience and the honour of being an ambassador for this great city. Volunteers can register online and be part of London 2012.

Neale Coleman

Director of London 2012 Coordination

City Hall