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Rio Olympics volunteer registration opens

Rio 2016 Olympics

View of a balloon depicting logo of the 2016 Olympic Games, on the eve of the day that marks two years for the start, at the construction site of the Olympic park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Rio Olympic organizers are calling on 45,000 volunteers, plus another 25,000 for the Paralympics, with the selection process opening Thursday.

Those interested, from Brazil or abroad, can sign up here. Applicants must be 18 years old as of February 2016.

The unpaid volunteers, traditionally the backbone of the Olympics, will carry out more than 500 functions and represent one-third of the entire Games workforce. English courses will be offered to all selected volunteers.

“The volunteer program of the Rio 2016 Games will reflect Brazilian diversity; of talents, cultures, ages and interests,” Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, said in a press release. “All this diversity will be added to the other thousands of people who will come to Brazil for a greater goal, to participate in the realization of the largest multisport event in the world with excellence, passion and joy, for the first time in Brazil.”

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