Volunteer as a Translator

Help refugees and immigrants from your own home, with just a smartphone and internet access. Donate your time and skills to assist with interpretation and translation, flexibly and according to your own schedule. Join the Tarjimly community today!

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“Farahnaz was sponsored by a volunteer circle in the US, but they couldn't afford to hire an interpreter. Luckily I was available to interpret for her about the steps needed for enrolling her children in a local school and accessing food stamp benefits.“

In as little as 10 minutes, you can assist refugees and immigrants in accessing vital information, whether it's about a medical appointment or navigating to the city center

Volunteering is remote and flexible, with no minimum time commitment. All you need is a smartphone and internet access. You'll get a notification when someone needs your help. Simply click 'Yes' to connect securely through the Tarjimly app, with no personal contact details exchanged.

Rewards and Recognition for Our Valued Volunteers

Complete 30 sessions on Tarjimly and you can receive a certificate, contribute to more than 70 sessions with an 85% success rate, and you'll qualify for a personalized job reference. Reach the milestone of 100 sessions with 85% success rate, and we'll proudly endorse your skills on LinkedIn.

How Tarjimly Works

Once you've registered on the Tarjimly app, you'll receive notifications on your phone for translation requests that match your language skills. Depending on your availability, you can either accept or decline these requests.

Watch this short video to see what to expect when volunteering with Tarjimly.

How to get started on Tarjimly

Download the Tarjimly Mobile App

Download the Tarjimly app onto your phone via Google Playstore or the Appstore.

Sign Up & Verify your email

Make sure you get notified when someone needs your help. You'll need to complete these steps:
1. Sign-up and create an account
2. Verify your email address
3. Turn on notifications
4. Take our code of conduct training

Receive a request

When you receive a notification that someone needs help, you can either accept if you're available, or reject if you're not available.

If you accept you'll get connected in a session with the user, where you can write messages or get on an internet call

Rate Your Session with the user

Once you have finished, end the session and rate it. The session will stay open for a maximum of 12 hours unless there is a continued activity in the chat from both users.

frequently asked questions
Who can volunteer?

If you say yes to the following three questions, you can start volunteering with Tarjimly straight away:

  • Do you have a smart phone and an internet connection?
  • Are you bi-lingual (fluent in two or more languages)?
  • Are you over 18?
Can I receive a certificate or recommendation letter from volunteering with Tarjimly?

Complete 30 sessions with an 85% success rate on Tarjimly and you can receive a certificate, contribute to more than 70 sessions with an 85% success rate, and you'll qualify for a personalized job reference. Reach the milestone of 100 sessions with 85% success rate, and we'll proudly endorse your skills on LinkedIn.

Can I get paid?

The vast majority of Tarjimly translators are volunteers, who are able and willing to donate their time and skills to help others. However, we are able to pay a small number of translators for high demand or rarer languages which are difficult to find translators for. Check out our careers page on the website to see which languages we are currently recruiting for, and how you can apply.

Do I need to have previous experience interpreting?

It’s preferable if you already have some experience in translation or interpretation, but it’s not necessary. We recommend that you take our in-app training to learn more about best practices of interpretation and translation, safeguarding, alongside other topics. For translators without experience, we recommend you take your time to carefully review these trainings before accepting requests.

Is there a minimum amount of time I need to volunteer?

No, you can volunteer as much or as little as you like. If you receive a notification and you're free to help, click yes. If you're not available, just click no!

I clicked yes to help, but I didn't get connected yet. What can I do?

When someone requests help on the Tarjimly app, we reach out to multiple translators to ensure they get matched. That means sometimes when you accept a request for help, another translator accepted before you, and you'll receive a notification about that.
Don't worry, you'll get your chance to help someone with translation and interpretation!
Additionally when you click "yes" and "no" to Tarjimly requests, it helps us learn when you're normally available. This helps us target you with requests at better times, and to target smaller groups of translators more effectively.