Volunteer French-to-English Translator
Volunteer Position Description
Join a global movement of women who are harnessing the power of new media to broadcast solutions-oriented news from the front lines of some of the most unheard regions in the world. World Pulse is seeking French-English translation volunteers for our Girls Transform Digital Action Campaign to support the rising voices and leadership of grassroots women leaders in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and other French-speaking African countries.
As a translation volunteer for this campaign, your role may include supporting the following:
- World Pulse Correspondent Neema Namadamu has been leading digital media literacy trainings with grassroots women leaders in Bukavu, DRC to facilitate the participation of hundreds of Congolese women to share their stories, their visions for change, and connect with a global network of support. In 2012 we piloted this program and hope to broaden our reach to other French-speaking African countries in 2013.
We seek support in translating these stories from French to English to bring their voices to a larger audience. This is a unique opportunity to connect directly with grassroots women leaders and young women some who are connecting to the Internet for the first time to share their solutions and vision with the world.
- As we extend this pilot project advising product development and program strategy for inclusive participation of women living in conflict regions with limited Internet access and in languages other than English, we require volunteer support in translating outreach materials, community toolkits, notification messages, e-communications, and other materials that will enable our French-speaking sisters to fully participate in our programs and community platform.
World Pulse is an action media network devoted to lifting and uniting women's voices to accelerate their impact for the world. With a focus on grassroots women change leaders, our growing web-based platform supports media and empowerment training, the exchange of resources, and the broadcast of member content.
World Pulse was founded as a non-profit social media enterprise in Portland, Oregon in 2003. Today a network of 40,000 women are speaking out and connecting through World Pulse.
Girls Transform Digital Action Campaign
With an online, global community of grassroots women leaders, World Pulse has developed a methodology to rally their voices around the issues that they say matter most. Our digital action campaigns elicit powerful content from women on the ground, strengthen their confidence, and ensure that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
World Pulse believes that when girls are heard, they will transform the world. Now is the time for every girl to have the education and boundless opportunities she needs to unleash her potential. We are crowd-sourcing the voices of women and men who champion girls' rights, and we will be channeling their stories and solutions to major media outlets, advocacy groups, and policy makers to ensure that girls' perspectives motivate transformation.
Our Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign encourages young women to speak of the many barriers confronted when seeking education: lack of financing, role models, mentors, and educational and sanitation facilities, as well as restrictive cultural roles. These young women understand that only through education, they are empowered to make change for their family, community, and society at large. This campaign will spotlight the messages of young women and girls as change leaders and innovators today.
- Frequent and reliable access to the Internet
- Translation of blog posts, mobile survey statements, and/or outreach materials from French-to-English and in a timely manner.
- Some tasks may require joining our online community, PulseWire, to engage directly with the Congolese and other French-speaking women in our network who are actively participating and speaking out through our digital media platform.
- Depending on availability, volunteer placements are available for two-month, three-month, or four-month assignments.
- Fluent in French and English
- Ample experience translating text from French-to-English and/or certification as a translator
- Experience and an interest in working with diverse communities and varying cultures.
- Understands and is very comfortable with the social media universe and Web 2.0 (eg. Facebook).
- Excellent writing skills and strong grammar.
- Ability to work individually and remotely on a project.
- Basic knowledge of international issues, women’s and children’s international human rights.