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Translator/Interpreter

Open Opportunity

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Positions2 Remaining
Age Limit18 and up
Description

Introduction

CHEER is an innovative and growing community-based nonprofit serving the Long Branch/Takoma Park community.  We act as a facilitator and a catalyst in generating community driven activities to fulfill community defined goals

 

Description of Activities

The volunteers serve all CHEER programs and activities.  Translators are needed to translate documents written in English into Spanish and Amharic, and occasionally French

 

Documents needing translation provide information on health and wellness, community events, and announcements about opportunities to support CHEER programs and services

 

Events needing interpreters are community events and community meetings.  Presentations may be in English or Spanish; many people are not bilingual or use different languages

 

Impact of Events Coordinator

Translating documents increases CHEER's ability to communicate more broadly to the diverse local community.  Interpreting at events and meetings increases CHEER's ability to facilitate dialog and better relations among community members

 

Background/Experience Needed

Translators: Ability to translate documents written in English into Spanish and Amharic, sometimes French, idioms understood by people in the local community, e.g., idioms commonly used in Central American countries.  Ability to meet quick turnaround requests

 

Interpreters:  Ability to interpret quickly and accurately from English to Spanish/Amharic AND from Spanish/Amharic to English which allows meetings to achieve goals in a timely manner, sometimes in crowded or spaces which challenge easy interpretation.  Ability to interpret for outside events where noise and distractions increase challenges to clear communication

 

Number of Volunteers Needed, Time Commitment, Volunteer Location

At least one translator and one interpreter are needed.  Hours are variable depending on how many documents and meetings are needed in a week.  Translations can be done at home, anytime, or in the CHEER office, during the day.  Interpretations are done, usually weekday mornings or evenings, or weekend days, when events and meetings occur

 

Benefits

* gift cards or discounts

* orientation and other volunteer events

* skill building, training opportunities

* new relationships and experiences, networking in the wider community

* satisfaction benefiting the community

* letter of reference

* other incentives as they are offered

CONTACT: Ray Nosbaum, ray@communitycheer.org

CHEER Web announcement: https://www.communitycheer.org/translator-interpreter

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