As the world prepares for the start of the Rio Games, a London volunteer is sharing her experiences from the ground.
Carole Metron says Brazilian friends of hers encouraged her to look into volunteering back in 2014, and two years later she’s in Rio de Janeiro preparing to help out at the games. Speaking on The Pulse on Am980 on Friday, Metron described the atmosphere at Canada House.
“It’s one of the most patriotic places I’ve been in outside of my own country. It was fantastic, the house is gorgeous, comfortable. It’s a home away from home for the athletes and their families and I just feel honoured to have the opportunity to serve our country this way,” she explains.
“Where Canada House is in Ipanema beach so it’s not close to where most of the Olympic Games are happening. So many of the Canadians have to get to and from, but most of [the talk] has been about the energy, and about the experience of being in this country, most of them for the first time.”
Athletes are understandably excited for the games, but Metron admits that not all the locals are.
“Some local people feel, you know, like what the reports are saying. That maybe it’s not the best time for Brazil to be hosting these games and they’re not sure they’re too happy about it. Yet, the other side shows a very excited population, an extremely proud population and many people can’t wait for things to get started.”
Metron is volunteering with press operations for judo and wrestling. She says speaking Portuguese was not a requirement for the position though she herself is fluent.