Volunteer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Volunteering at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are commencing their search for 80,000 volunteers in September, 2018. Volunteers are needed for the preparations and activities immediately before, during and after the Games. Volunteers will be directly involved in ensuring the Games are an exciting and successful event for all.

If you want to be involved in one the biggest events coming to Japan in the next two years then this is an amazing opportunity!


What will volunteers do?

Volunteers will need to be able to work at least 10 shifts over the course of either the Olympic Games or the Paralympic Games or, 20 shifts if applying to work at both. Volunteers may be required to work up to five consecutive days. Shifts will be approximately 8 hours long.

Some of the roles include:

  • guiding spectators and participants around venues and facilities
  • airport, hotel, ticket support
  • supporting competition operation
  • healthcare
  • technology
  • media support
  • ceremony support
  • mobility support (drivers)
  • welcoming delegations at airports and venues
  • foreign language support

There are two different streams of volunteers being recruited: Games volunteers and City volunteers. Games volunteers will work in Games operations at the Games venues and the Athletes’ Village. They are being recruited by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. City volunteers will be recruited by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other municipal areas hosting the Games venues. They will provide assistance to spectators and tourists at airports, train stations and tourist sites.



  • Born prior to 1 April 2002
  • Be a Japanese citizen or have a valid visa permitting your stay in Japan during the volunteer period (temporary visitors included)
  • For those who will be driving, a valid international driver’s license is required
  • Those accepted must attend volunteer training sessions (video link permitted)


Further details

Application period:    26 September to Early December, 2018
Olympic Games:         24 July to 9 August, 2020
Paralympic Games:   25 August to 6 September, 2020
City Volunteers:          Visit homepage
Games Volunteers:    Visit homepage


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Kirrily Zoon

Kirrily spent her extended gap year collecting Japanese entry stamps in her passport for her work designing itineraries for Australians visiting Japan. In 2016 however, she left the travel industry to study a BA majoring in Japanese at La Trobe University. After representing Victoria at the Japanese Speech Contest, she is now preparing to return to Japan to undertake an internship in Tokyo before embarking on a year of study in Kyoto.

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