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:

  • Burmese    
  • Karen
  • Urdu
  • Somali
  • Turkish
  • Mandarin
  • Tagalog
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • Nepali
  • Tigrigna
  • Arabic


How do I register to be a volunteer with TIP?

Please fill application form:

ONLINE fillable: Please download the document (by clicking down arrow icon or click download), then “save as”, prior to filling out the application form. Afterword’s, you may fill out the form directly from your desktop (remember to save) and send it to

Once application form is completed, please email to   or call Déborah Chevalier at (306) 352-3500 to make an appointment for an interview. Applicants are to arrive at appointments 10 minutes early to fill out application form B (available during interview only) and bring the following to the interview:

  • Criminal Record Check: To obtain a Criminal Record Check, please request TIP Coordinator for Volunteer Criminal Record Letter. Once acquired, please go to the Regina Police Service Office at 1717 Osler Street. As of March 19, 2018, the fee for volunteer criminal record checks will be $10.00 (ten dollars). The Regina Police Service policy states that record checks are valid for 30 days and can be reprinted at any time within 30 days.
  • Resume
  • Three (3) references
  • Social Insurance Number (To be used for TIP application form B)