KAZAN, (Russia), July 13 (Bernama) -- There may be many rewards for becoming a volunteer but money was certainly not a part of it for Malaysian Syed Danial Syed Jalil, one of the 20,000 volunteers for the World University Games (Universiade) in Kazan, Russia.
For Syed Danial, 23, the experience and being part of the games itself was a worthwhile experience and one that he would cherish for a long time.
In fact, Syed Danial had willingly spent RM600 to travel from Moscow to Kazan and be among the volunteers since it would give him an opportunity to experience the various culture and people.
Syed Danial said he took a train from Moscow to Kazan and paid for the fare from his own pocket knowing pretty well that he would not be paid any allowance.
"I came here to be a part of the medical team volunteers. My main priority was to meet new friends and the experience what I am learning in the University.
UNIVERSIADE-VOLUNTEER (SYED DANIAL) 2 (LAST) KAZAN
"It is certainly a place to gain exposure and the experiences gained here would be of benefit in my future," said the year five student at First Moscow State Medical University.
Syed Danial said the people of Russia were very actively involved in volunteer activities and that inspired him to join them.
"I came here to study and I have learned the language (Russian) which helps me to communicate. Though I have not fully mastered the language, it has been a big help," said Syed Danial who is from Bukit Jambul, Penang.
He said he was placed as a volunteer for the medical team in the Tennis Academy in Kazan.
"I applied to become a volunteer last October and called up for an interview in February. After the interview I had to wait until June to attend a special class to know what were our duties. Since this is my first experience, I will not forget," he said.
In the Universiade, Malaysian athletes are among athletes and officials from 163 countries who are participating in the various sports.
Malaysia have thus far won three bronze medals from badminton.
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