02/24/2014 10:32 am ET | Updated Feb 24, 2014

After Olympics, Russians Hope Culture Of Volunteerism Remains


SOCHI, Russia – The volunteers at the Olympics are everywhere. They dot the streets, buses, venues and the Olympic Park.
They wear smiles on their faces and bright multi-colored uniforms that will be memories for me for a long time from the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In many ways, the Olympics are about exporting national pride and hope for what the future holds for the host country. In Sochi, the backbone for that message is the young volunteers.

Luke McCarthy of Durham, N.H., is a private English teacher in St. Petersburg. He thinks the games are a major monumental shift in the Russian youth culture that is volunteering here in Sochi.


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