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Volunteer Interpreters For Social Good Event

Who We Are

Caravan Studios is a division of TechSoup, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Francisco, CA. We build apps that help communities organize, access, and apply local resources to their most pressing problems. Our design thinking methodology includes community input throughout, ensuring that the developed applications meet the needs of the community.

The Public Good App House (PGAH) is a project initiated by Caravan Studios, for the purpose of enhancing social good. Social good efforts are those devoted to expanding access to goods or services that serve the public in the areas of human rights, education, environmentalism, and more. 

About The Project

With an emphasis on participatory methodologies, global engagement, and empowering local organizations, PGAH projects have been reimagining how communities can access and use resources to respond to pressing issues.

The Public Good App House seeks to be the first resource for people to engage with technology for social good efforts. To help build this resource we are hosting the first Public Good App House Festival to be held in Washington, D.C., USA on November 13 - 15, 2017.  This event will bring together approximately 300 people working in and with public good efforts to network, share, and learn. 

The event will focus on efforts that help with poverty reduction, food security, and clean water, especially as it relates to women, youth, indigenous peoples, and immigrants and refugees. 

The target audience for the Public Good App House includes: Community members who want to connect to others to create change; activists and social workers to find inspiration and technology to accelerate their social change; foundations and government agencies to support experiments and scale successful practices with the goal of systemic change; and individuals who wish to find technology to connect them to public good efforts in their communities.

Project Description

In order to welcome practitioners from across the Americas, we will need to provide simultaneous interpretation in four languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. We will also provide ASL interpretation, if needed.

In order to accomplish this, we are seeking student assistance with interpretation, ranging from a low-touch “Ambassador” model to asking students to act as the primary interpreters for some sessions.

The “Ambassador” model would rely on students to work with those needing interpretation during receptions and social events, to facilitate their communication in these more informal settings.
Those with advanced language skills, and some experience interpreting, will be able to serve as interpreters for presentations, workshops, and plenary sessions.

Benefits for Student Volunteers

Community service hours

  • Access to an extensive national nonprofit and technologist network. 
  • Practice real world event interpretation that will bolster your portfolio
  • Gain hands-on experience in live event interpretation and in translation content development at an international event hosted by a small innovative nonprofit organization. 
  • Develop community engagement skills. 
  • Engage with a dynamic and enthusiastic team committed to the work and the mission of the organization, as well as to supporting and engaging interns in our efforts 

Time Commitment

Before the event:

  • Attend two volunteer interpreter meeting (2 hours) prior to the event, as well as one 30 minute online course on interpretation (waived for professional interpreters or interpretation students).
  • Some pre-work may be available, including translating PowerPoint and related presentation materials

During Event:

  • Provide at least 3 hours of assistance during the three-day event. The majority of sessions are 90 minutes long and will be held at DC Public Library sites.
  • Please note: Sessions will happen during business hours, although there will be networking events that you can attend in the early evening.

Language and Hardware Proficiency

  • Ability to translate in English - Brazilian Portuguese - Spanish – French (fluency requires English and one of the working languages)
  • Cabin or half-cabin and relay equipment may be utilized.

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