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Where can I find volunteer translation work?
Thread poster: Thomas Tippit

Thomas Tippit
Local time: 06:20
Spanish to English
Jan 5, 2008

I am looking to gain experience in the translation field. I am looking for volunteer translation work.
Some of my fields of expertise are education and psychology. Thanks

[Edited at 2008-01-05 21:53]


Şadan Öz  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:20
English to Turkish
Translations for Progress Jan 5, 2008

Thomas, have a look at


Paul Merriam  Identity Verified
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Member (2008)
Russian to English
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United Way Jan 5, 2008

Among other things, the United Way acts as a liaison to many charities. They let you check whether you like the program of the charity in question before you agree to help them.


Ricardo Castaño
Local time: 05:20
English to Spanish
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VolunteerMatch Jan 6, 2008

I found several options here:


Suzette Martin-Johnson
French to English
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Useful link Jan 6, 2008

Thanks Sadan! Actually I didn't even ask the question but it's a great link...

Tim Lemcke

Yolanda Bello Olvera  Identity Verified
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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several options Jan 6, 2008

Using the copernic basic agent from, look up for volunteer translators and you will find several options.




Alp Berker  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:20
Turkish to English
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UN Volunteers Jan 6, 2008

Also the UN has a website for volunteers:
I would also recommend looking into your local area resources for interpretation and Translation work. There is always a need for local NGOs to get help for the foreign and immigrant populations, and you would be doing some good in your local community.


olbinski  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:20
English to Italian
why not peacelink? Jan 6, 2008

Have a look at: I worked as a volunteer translator, too and gained experienced joining thier team.


Crystal Samples  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:20
French to English
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See the following link: Jan 6, 2008


Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:20
Member (2004)
English to Thai
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At Jan 7, 2008

I sometimes did volunteer translation jobs for Proz.
They were about localizing of Proz webpages.

Soonthon L.


Andrea Appel
Local time: 06:20
English to German
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Check backyard at Proz. com Jan 7, 2008

Hello dear Thomas has a wonderful forum called Translators4kids which is a Non-Profit-Organisation and they are always looking for volunteers.

Sometimes translating and mostly collecting stories from underpriviliged children all over the world.
End result; a wonderful book full of stories in all languages...awesome!!

More help is needed in collectiong stories please keep checking the forum for some upcoming super news.

ps. anyone please feel free to advertise for T4K Translators4kids in their own webpage to assure more visibility for a good cause.....

Ciao.. Bye...Aufwiedersehen,


If you submit stories for translators4kids you will receive a surprise...coming soon check the forum....can't wait.


hosulliv  Identity Verified
German to English
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TED Talks Translation Oct 11, 2012

I just found this link from TED talks looking from translators - it looks like they are predominantly looking for translators with English as a source language (not target). For beginning translators it also has the advantage that someone else will review the translation.

[Edited at 2012-10-11 16:45 GMT]

Hope the link is showing up...

[Edited at 2012-10-11 16:45 GMT]


Sergei Tumanov  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:20
English to Russian
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Publish your ad Oct 11, 2012

in a local media.


Sarah McDowell  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:20
Member (2012)
Russian to English
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Check out these links Nov 26, 2012

You can check out Global Voices

and Translators Without Borders (I think they are actively looking for Spanish translators)

Also look at Amnesty International's site. As far as I recall, they were looking for someone for Spanish to English translation recently.

Good luck with your search.


Apurva Barve
German to English
Thank you! Dec 18, 2012

I had the same question!

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