A member of staff at North East Worcestershire College has been picked to volunteer at the Olympics when they come to London in July.
Samantha Ellis, Essential Skills Lecturer at the College’s Construction Training Centre in Redditch will be working as a ‘Photo Operations Team Member’ throughout the duration of the Olympics. Her role will see her placed right at the heart of the action in the Olympic Stadium, chaperoning press photographers and managing the photo points across the stadium.
27-year old Samantha from Aston, Birmingham, volunteered herself to work the maximum of ten shifts throughout, which will start with her assisting at the Opening Ceremony on July 27th,
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone to be involved with the Olympics, and for me something I could have only ever have dreamed of,” explained Samantha.
The application process began in January 2011, which led to an interview at Coventry University 6 months later, followed by another nail-biting 6 months wait before receiving her acceptance.
Samantha continued, “I’ve always been a fan of athletics, I feel it’s something that the crowd can really get behind as there is something there for everyone to enjoy.”
Teaching functional skills and employability at the College, Samantha is hoping that she will be able to share her experience at the Olympics with the students, and also highlight the possibilities that volunteering can bring about.