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The adventure starts now for our volunteers in Lorient !

Photo de groupe bénévoles Volvo Ocean Race © Stéphane Cuisset
Photo de groupe bénévoles Volvo Ocean Race © Stéphane Cuisset

Wednesday September 28th marked an important milestone for our volunteers’ program in Lorient. This first volunteers’ reunion was an opportunity for us to introduce our team and the Volvo Ocean Race stopover to hundreds of people who had already registered to be part of the adventure.


We launched our volunteers program on June 11th as Groupama 4 was being christened. For both, the French team and our organization, it was an important event. Now, 5 months later, we have reached over 500 registered people and we certainly hope this number will keep going up in the coming months. Of course, this gives us good reasons to be optimistic. Christophe Baudry, Manager for the association Lorient Grand Large (organizer for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover) comments “We are really happy about those figures and even more about the enthusiasm that people show towards the event. 9 months before the start, it is encouraging for all of us. We have already worked with some volunteers to promote the race and their professionalism is impressive.”


We are working on this project with the company Inter Pole, a temporary work agency. The goal of this partnership is for younger volunteers to be able to benefit from volunteering to gain experience for their carriers. Also, it’s a great opportunity for us to take advantage of their recruiting skills in this challenging process.

With more than 250 people at the meeting, we talked about the recruitment process, the different missions during the event, transportation, the village, accommodations… and many more topics as our audience was really curious. For people who are interested, it’s not too late to participate as our goal is to reach over 700 registered volunteers before April next year. With a 15 day long stopover, we need many people to cover for all the activities going on, out on the water and in the race village. Should you be available one day or 2 weeks, we are happy to welcome people with different backgrounds.


For Inter Pôle and Lorient Grand Large, the adventure will now last 10 months. We’re looking forward to going on this journey with generous and enthusiastic people who make this event possible.


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