Such is the scale of the modern-day Asian Games there will be 13,000 volunteers will be required for the duration of the event, including 2,000 in Palembang alone.

Many roles have already been filled but there are still a number of vacancies. 

Places are available for high-profile roles as protocol assistants, National Olympic Committee assistants and liaison officers, all of which are vitally important to the smooth running of the event.

Those interested in applying can do so through the official Jakarta-Palembang 2018 website, which opened on January 18.

The Asian Games test event, due to take place in Jakarta from February 10 and 24, will need 2,000 volunteers.

Although a first phase of registration for volunteers is now closed, a second phase begun in December 2017 and is for the actual 2018 Asian Games themselves.

Most volunteers will be aged between 19 and 50, organisers have revealed.

Each will wear specially-designed, distinctive, eye-catching uniforms.

"Every volunteer should raise the enthusiasm and excitement of the Games, by implementing their roles with responsibility and assisting delegations in a friendly manner, especially by showing the Indonesian spirit of hospitality," the Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organising Committee (INASGOC) said.

Volunteers come from far and wide as seen in the general public and, in particular, students applying to play their part.

Having foreign language skills and a passion for ensuring a successful Asian Games are considered key requirements.

In addition to volunteers, there will be a 5,000-strong paid workforce on duty during the Asian Games.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies, at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, will feature around 10,000 performers.

Those interested in applying can do so through the Jakarta-Palembang 2018 website ©Jakarta-Palembang 2018
Those interested in applying can do so through the Jakarta-Palembang 2018 website ©Jakarta-Palembang 2018

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Types of volunteers

Protocol assistants

These are assigned to look after and assist the most high profile "VVIP" guests, such as heads of state, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Family, and other high-level members of Government and organisations.

National Olympic Committee (NOC) assistants

These are assigned to assist "VIP"guests and delegations from each participating country in the Games.

They will also take on the role of liaising between the delegations and the INASGOC regarding any inquiries for either party.

Liaison officers

These are responsible for providing information needed by delegates, guests and visitors.

The placement of liaison officers will be varied, ranging from airports, the Athletes’ Village, food and catering areas, help desks, hotels and venues.

Work force

These are vital cogs in the volunteer field and are responsible for assisting the running of sporting action in every venue.

Liaison officers and work force are two of the four types of volunteers needed for the 2018 Asian Games ©Jakarta-Palembang 2018
Liaison officers and work force are two of the four types of volunteers needed for the 2018 Asian Games ©Jakarta-Palembang 2018

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Areas of assignment for volunteers

Volunteers at the 2018 Asian Games will be on assignment and channelled according to specially made requests from each department under the management of INASGOC.

Sport, medals and culture

A key role as these volunteers will be responsible for ensuring sporting action takes place according to the Games programme and ratified competition schedule.

Venue and environment

Responsible for ensuring the venues and training grounds, as well as other areas of infrastructure, are well-stocked and run smoothly during the Games.

Arrival, departure and hospitality

Will have an eye on their watches at all times as they are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of all activities related to the arrival and departure of all guests during the Games.

Athletes’ Village and services

Responsible for ensuring that the Games’ participants are provided international-quality accommodation and service that conforms to OCA standards.

Promotion, Games look and socialisation

Responsible for conducting all activities related to the promotion of the Games in host nation Indonesia, competing countries as well as in IOC member countries.

Ceremonies and events

Responsible for carrying out duties and obligations related to planning, preparing, coordinating and organising events such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and medal ceremonies.

Ticketing

Responsible for conducting all activities related to securing and then distributing tickets, and are considered crucial to the aim of increasing revenue.

Communication

Likely to be tech-savvy as they will be responsible for publishing information through various social media channels and are seen as being vital in sharing information and data on the Games.

IT and Telecomm

Responsible for ensuring that all IT and Telecomm-related operational activities are properly and appropriately facilitated so that duties and responsibilities can be performed effectively and efficiently.

Broadcast

Responsible for broadcasting the entire Games to various locations simultaneously, both at home and abroad.

Catering

It will be up to these volunteers to make sure a whole host of people are looked after in this respect, from athletes, trainers and crew, through to the OCA Family, International and Asian Federations, the media,  state guests and sponsors.

Accommodation

Responsible for coordinating accommodation matters for all parties involved in the Games, including athletes, trainers, crew and other guests.

International relation and protocol

Responsible for cooperating with the IOC, OCA, participating countries and International and Asian Federations about the implementation of the Games, providing assistance for VIP and VVIP needs.

Media and public relations

Responsible for creating and building a good image for the implementation of the Games and of the INASGOC through cooperation with three key sectors of the press; print, electronic and online media.

Accreditation

Responsible for ensuring that all athletes, trainers and crews participating in the Games have original, complete and accredited documents recognised by the state, NOCs and International Federations.

Revenue

Responsible for matters related to marketing and sales, including merchandise and sponsorship.