Plenty of Volkswagen employees will be watching the soccer over the next few weeks as the World Cup gets well and truly underway. Imke Hundt is one of them. But unlike most of her colleagues, this controller won’t be watching in front of the TV – she’ll be watching live in Russia. As one of over 15,000 volunteers, Wolfsburg-born Imke will be on site ensuring the tournament runs as smoothly as possible. Six games will be taking place in Sochi, which is where Imke will be supporting soccer’s international governing body FIFA with journalist management.
But this isn’t the first time Imke has volunteered at a major sporting event:
in 2011 she was also involved in the Women’s World Cup, which was held virtually on her doorstep back in Germany. “I had such a good time that I think I developed a taste for it,” explains the 30-year-old, who also applied to volunteer at the 2014 Men’s World Cup in Brazil. “That was a great experience, working as part of a huge team with people from all over the world,” enthuses Imke, who is still in contact with many of her fellow volunteers from the media center to this day. “We like to meet up whenever we can.”