The Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai launched its campaign to recruit Saudi student volunteers, in partnership with the Emirates Foundation and universities across the UAE. In this context, a workshop took place between presidents of Saudi students’ clubs and students in seven Emirati universities, kicking off the process to enlist an estimated 1000 student volunteers to work in the Saudi Arabia Pavilion for the duration of Expo 2020 Dubai, October 2020 – April 2021.

Students can apply via a bespoke digital platform (www.volunteers.ae/KSAPavilion/) linked to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion’s official website. Successful applicants will undergo a research-based selection process, including personal data validation, a pre-assessment interview and a skills assessment. Once they progress from this stage, the students will receive intensive training for specific positions based on their skill sets and, upon completion, be awarded at a graduation ceremony. The ratio of males to females accepted on the program will be 50:50 in line with the policy of equal opportunity.

Dr. Fahad bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Yabis, Commission General and Project Manager for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai voiced his support, “We are delighted to launch this campaign which is designed to attract a wide variety of ambitious young Saudis talent. The campaign will help us to identify and nurture the finest young talents that Saudi Arabia has to offer.  Volunteering is an essential component of our strategy as it aims to highlight and hone volunteers’ capabilities, enrich their practical skills, unleash their creativity and energy in a way that enhances the image of the Kingdom and its youth.” Dr. Fahad added, “we would like to extend our deeply felt gratitude to the Emirates Foundation and the participating universities for their role in facilitating this campaign and see this as a clear example of the strong ties between our two brotherly nations.”

Mrs. Thurya Al-Badran, Head of Visitor Services and Head of the Volunteering Program at the Saudi Arabia Pavilion added,”Our program provides these students with the opportunity of a lifetime to act as ambassadors for our country on a global stage. Take on diverse volunteering roles at Expo 2020 and gain unrivalled hands-on experience, the students will gain unique experience and develop themselves both personally and professionally. Expo 2020 Dubai provides Saudi people a chance to show the world how relatable we are, and these student ambassadors will be shining examples of this.”

For his part, Mr. Ahmed Talib Al Shamsi Deputy CEO of Emirates Foundation said: “At Emirates Foundation we are committed to providing volunteering opportunities for young people to enable them to build their capabilities and develop their leadership skills, and our partnership with the Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is in line with this commitment.

The selection of volunteers is just the beginning of our partnership, following which we will work jointly to train and empower the volunteers with the required skills through specialized training workshops to equip them manage the Saudi Arabian Pavilion in an optimal way.”

Source: APCO Worldwide