Values and priorities of olympic volunteers

Volume 7 (2022), No. 1, pp. 110–118


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In the article we turn to the consideration of the values and priorities that guide the daily life of Olympic volunteers — participants in the Sochi 2014 Olympic volunteer program. This program is one of the first comprehensive programs on working with volunteers, implemented at the federal level in our country with the participation of state, non-profit, commercial organizations. Olympic volunteers have received special knowledge and skills to provide volunteer services in the organization and conduct of a major sporting event (Olympic and / or Paralympic Games).

The empirical basis of the article is an online survey of Olympic volunteers, which was conducted in January 2022. 520 respondents took part in the research.

The results of the study allow us to draw the following conclusions: a significant part of the volunteers make plans for the near and distant future; the vast majority of volunteers also said that they have certain goals, more than a third of the respondents answered that they have goals, but they can change; for volunteers, family members are significant persons in shaping pans for the future.

Speaking about their priorities in life, most of the volunteers chose family, education and self-development, and health as the most important for them. Volunteers appreciate in other people such qualities as honesty, kindness and decency. The study participants told us that in the next three years they would like to pay more attention to family life and loved ones. Separately, it is worth noting that a third of the volunteers answered that they would like to pay more attention to volunteering


volunteers, life strategies, values, the impact of volunteering on values, life priorities of volunteers


Marina P. Sukharkova, analyst, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Studies in Non-Commercial Sector, Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector, Moscow, Russia.

For citation:

Sukharkova M.P. Values and priorities of Olympic volunteers // Social competence. 2022. Vol. 7. No. 1. pp. 110-118.


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