An enthusiastic group of students, staff and faculty from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) are contributing their time and talents to ensure the success of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. CMU-Q is a partner university of Qatar Foundation

Dozens of CMU-Q community members are working in a variety of areas including logistics, health and safety, and fan experience. Most of the volunteers are motivated by their love of football.

CMU-Q World Cup Volunteers

CMU-Q business analyst Jeffy Jan is a fan of Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Portugal World Cup teams. She is excited to be a transportation team leader for volunteers. For her, the World Cup will be a busy month of volunteering and attending matches.

I have tickets to see each of my favourite teams, and right now I’m just trying to fit it all in.

CMU-Q facilities manager Stephen Heath is an avid England fan and a long-time volunteer of football events in Qatar. He will volunteer as the health and safety team lead for one of the stadiums.

 

I do it because I am passionate about football, and I know I can use my talents and background to help.

Several students are also embracing the World Cup as an opportunity to learn and gain valuable experience.

Business administration students Katrina Agcaoili, Yusufbek Nasriddinovand, Ravshanbek Salimov, as well as biological sciences student Martin Sikhondze, will be interning with World Cup sponsors. For all four students, the internships are an opportunity to experience how corporations craft their brand image and marketing plan for high-profile events. Salimov said this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to the World Cup, and they are excited to be part of it.

Likewise, senior students Malak Alseaf and Zendmene Khosbayar are using the skills they learned at CMU-Q for positions at Host Broadcasting Services to assist with logistics. Alseaf said that it is a good opportunity to gain work experience and also be part of an important event for Qatar.

Saquib Razak, associate teaching professor of computer science, was inspired by seeing his students volunteer at the Arab Cup. He will be a volunteer in venue management.

I attended the match and I saw a bunch of my students volunteering. I thought it looked like a lot of fun, and the World Cup was a great opportunity to do something new.

For all of the CMU-Q community members who are contributing to the World Cup, the event is a way to give back to the country where they work, study and live.

Giving back

Maria Sultana Mina, a sophomore student in business administration, started her volunteer journey early by participating in the Street Child World Cup. The event, hosted in partnership with Qatar Foundation, included street children from 24 countries. Mina, who is an international student from Bangladesh, volunteered as an ambassador to the visiting teams.

There are many street children around the world, including in Bangladesh, who don’t have documentation like birth certificates. Qatar is using the World Cup platform to help these children, and I am using my talents to give back to Qatar and my country.

During the World Cup, Mina will continue to volunteer as a heritage site tour guide in Education City, in addition to an internship position with Host Broadcasting Services. She said she loves to do volunteer work, to meet people from around the world and show them this beautiful country.


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