Volunteer with Translation and Interpretation Program (TIP)
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If you are fluent in English as well as a foreign language, you may want to consider joining the Translation and Interpretation Program (TIP) at Regina Open Door Society (RODS).
What is TIP and what is my role as a volunteer?
TIP is a voluntary based program which acquires volunteer interpreters to provide services, which break language barriers for immigrant and refugee newcomers. TIP is committed to meeting the needs of newcomers by offering programs and services that enable different language speakers to achieve their goals and participate fully in the larger community.
*Note: As of July 2016, there is no longer a Translation (written) program. TIP currently only offers interpretation (verbal) services.
Do I have to be a certified translator/interpreter to be a volunteer with TIP?
No, volunteers do not need a translation/interpretation certificate to be a volunteer interpreter with TIP.
TIP conducts testing with the applicants, to verify their level of proficiency in English as well as the foreign language.
Does TIP offer training for volunteer interpreters?
Yes, after applicants have completed the application form and have undergone an interview with the TIP Coordinator, they must attend a mandatory training course, offered and conducted by the TIP coordinator.
*Note: A volunteer interpreter is not certified as a professional, rather they are volunteers who have completed RODS Volunteer Translator/Interpreter Training Program.
What are the requirements to be a volunteer with TIP?
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Fluency and proficiency in English and a foreign language
- Must be eligible to work in Canada
- Flexible Schedule
- High School Diploma
- Clear Criminal Record (no existing convictions)
How many hours do I volunteer for?
There is no set number of hours which interpreters are required to volunteer for.
The hours of service which volunteers may provide depend on the need of the language and the flexibility of the interpreters’ schedule. If you do not speak any of the most demanded languages listed below, your services may still be needed at TIP, but you may not acquire as many hours of service.
The following languages are currently in great demand:
How do I register to be a volunteer with TIP?
Please email or call Déborah Chevalier (306) 352-3500 to set a date for an interview. Applicants are to arrive at appointments 10 minutes early to fill out the application forms and bring the following to the interview:
- Criminal Record Check: To obtain this information, please go to the Regina Police Service Office at 1717 Osler Street and tell them that you want to volunteer for the Regina Open Door Society so you could get your Criminal Record check done at no cost to you.
- Three (3) references
- Social Insurance Number (To be used to fill out a form on you