5-5-5 Winter Olympics Volunteer

$210 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 9 months

Thank you for taking time to read my story.

The logic behind naming my campaign
5-5-5 .
*I will be working 5 days a week.
*I am asking for $5 donations. (or any amount :)
*5 degree F = -15 degree C (BBrrr)
This also adds upp to the number of sports in the Winter Olympics=15.

After teaching Health and Physical Education for 33 years in Charleston, SC I retired and moved upstate to Greenville, SC. I also coached High School Track and Volleyball. I have now started substituting with the Greenville County School District.

When I retired, I was able to become involved with the Olympics through volunteering, it is a 2 year process,  I thoroughly enjoy everything, from applying to the venue work sites. At times it is stressful, but the opportunity to work at the Olympic games, a peaceful, world wide event is life changing.
You have the chance to be a part of something much larger than yourself,  to work with people from around the globe to reach a common goal, the success of the Olympic Games.

I watched my first Olympics in 1976 when my Aunt Esther and Uncle Paul took me to Montreal. It was the year before I entered High School, ever since then I have caught the "Olympic spirit."  I played 3 varsity sports through out High School and continued at Otterbein University. 
I tried to promote Olympism to students I taught over the years, to paraphrase-balancing life, blending sport, education , and culture.

The money I am asking for will help pay my airfare-$1,400, AirBnB between the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and food-$600.  I will be volunteering at the Gangueng Ice Arena (short track speed skating and figure skating) and the Olympic Village during the Paralympics. the last 10 years of my career I taught children with special needs and I am really looking forward to this experience.

I hope you enjoy watching the Winter Olympics from Pyeong Chang. I know the USA will be represented well by the teams in the 2018 Winter Games!

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

If you have any questions please contact me thru gofundme or facebook, I willl be happy to answer questions.

Karen Beck
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With my departure for the Winter Olympics now only 2 weeks away I wanted to make a final update and post.
If you did not see my roster and acceptance letter it is in the previous update. (Viewable on my page)
Our USA Volunteer page now has 60 members :) That is Awesome! Fellow volunteers are beginning to arrive in South Korea and we continue to connect and help each other out...both in the USA and internationally.
I have been able to personally speak with the workforce in PyeongChang twice, they were amazing and so helpful. It's fantastic to be able to connect with people so far away and work together.
I will be posting photos on Facebook and instagram as my volunteer journey begins....
Please feel free to ask any questions. I hope you enjoy the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics!
Sincerely, Karen Beck
Gangneung Ice Arena-My worksite
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My acceptance letter from Olympic Committee and schedule for the Olympic Games.
Acceptance Letter...
and Paralympics Schedule
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As the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics draw closer I wanted to add a few updates:
1. Our USA Volunteer Group page now has over 50 members. That is awesome! I started the page back in the spring with a few other friends and fellow volunteers. A rough estimate of Americans volunteering would be 75.
2. I now have my work schedule for both the Olympics and Paralympics.
3. We now get weekly newsletters from PyeongChang Olympic committee with helpful information and updates.
4. We - USA Volunteers are hoping to have a gathering in PyeongChang early to meet up before we go to our different venues.
5. Online training and reading continues.

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I had a successful garage sale this am to help supplement my Winter Olympic trip and met a few neighbors ☺. Attached is a new You tube video for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, hope you enjoy watching it.
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$210 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 9 months
Created May 8, 2017
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Brandy Amidon
1 month ago

Good Luck! Share pics so we can watch the Olympics through your eyes!

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