Saturday, August 8, 2009

Got a language? Give!

With all the benefits knowing another language gives you, don't you think it would be cool to give something back as well? Have you considered using your language skills as a volunteer translator? Many organizations are recruiting volunteers to translate documents either to or from English. Your language skills could be an asset you offer to help a cause of field of interest. These listed below are just a sampling to get the wheels turning...

Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. Now accepting translator registrations for languages that Kiva may need additional help with in the future: Arabic, Armenian, Bahasa Indonesia, Dari, French, Khmer, Mongolian, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese and more. More information

UN Volunteers is currently seeking translators for 45 projects in French, Spanish, Albanian, Turkish, Zulu, Japanese, Malay, Somali, Amharic, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Tamil, Gujarati, Polish, Bengali and Marathi. More information

The International Education Committee (IEC) has launched the Volunteer Translators Network Program to make American Society of Microbiology web-based materials more accessible to international members. Currently, the IEC is working with Spanish, French, and Portuguese-speaking members and actively seeking additional volunteers. Other languages will be added in the near future. More information

Action Against Hunger needs help from bilingual volunteers to translate between English and Arabic documents. Volunteers should be native English speakers with good knowledge of Arabic and be familiar with the nuances of translation. The ideal volunteer will have experience translating documents, articles or technical reports in nutrition, water, sanitation and agricultural techniques. More information

Since 2004, the French daily newspaper, L’Humanit√© has an on-line English language version of selected articles. This project is produced by a team of translators from across the world including French to English translators and proof-readers. More information

ICVolunteers is an international non-profit organization specialized in the field of communications, in particular languages, communication technologies and conference support. Through volunteer effort, they cooperate with organizations in the humanitarian, social, environmental and medical fields to implement projects and conferences at local, national and international levels. ICVolunteers recruits and coordinates volunteer translators for French, Spanish and other languages. More information

Volunteer to translate Google's help information and search interface into your favorite language. By helping with the translation process you ensure that Google will be available in your language of choice more quickly and with a better interface than it would have otherwise. There is no minimum commitment. You can translate a phrase, a page or the entire site. Once enough of the site is translated, it will be made available in the language you are requesting. For example, Urdu is at 88% complete, Belarussian at 86% and Estonian 79% - almost there! More information

It's time to get your volunteer on.

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