how to find pro bono translators?
Thread poster: Wendy Cummings

Wendy Cummings  Identity Verified
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Oct 6, 2011

I volunteer for a charity that works with local schools in Africa. However the HQ is in Holland, and we need the Dutch documents in English. Google Translate doesn't even do a good enough job for me to work it out and so i'm searching for pro bono translators to help.

Can anyone suggest how to advertise for this service? I am not sure if Proz is the right place.

Thanks.


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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Translators without borders? Oct 6, 2011

Maybe you could go through Translators without borders? Some ProZ translators do pro bono work through them.
http://translatorswithoutborders.com/NGOs


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Miloš Stojadinović  Identity Verified
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I think Oct 6, 2011

you could try with this service:

http://www.onlinevolunteering.org


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writeaway  Identity Verified
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There is an Nl-En pro bono job advertised on Proz just now Oct 6, 2011

http://www.proz.com/translation-jobs/580150

But it's restricted to native Dutch speakers only! So native Anglos can't even see who posted it.

If you do post a pro bono job, such restrictions limit the number of applicants and mean the English will need to be re-worked so it reads correctly. I recommend allowing native Anglos to translate as well. Limiting the job to source language natives runs the risk of being counter-productive.



[Edited at 2011-10-06 18:05 GMT]


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Wendy Cummings  Identity Verified
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oops Oct 6, 2011

writeaway wrote:

But it's restricted to native Dutch speakers only! So native Anglos can't even see who posted it.



I posted it (having been advised that I can in fact post probono jobs on proz) - but hadn't realised i'd put in Dutch native speaker. Oops, that was a mistake. I'll see if i can correct it - thanks for pointing it out.


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