2.3 Independent research activity
Keith mentioned Translators Without Borders, one of the leading non-profit translation organisations working in humanitarian crisis response, health and education. Founded in 1993, its aim is to support critical humanitarian efforts across the world through translation. With more than 3,800 translators working in over 190 language pairs, TWB have translated over 40 million words.
Another interesting volunteer translation project is the TED Translation programme, where volunteers subtitle TED Talks so they are available in different languages. More that 25,000 volunteer TED translators currently operate in 114 languages and have produced more that 100,000 translations between them.
Finally, you might be interested to know that Wikipedia also relies on volunteer translators to translate its content.
Have you ever considered of volunteering as a translator? You might want to give it a go! Spend 15 to 20 minutes finding out about one of these volunteer translation projects:
Translators without borders
TED Open Translation Project
- See the TED Open Translation Project website.
- In particular, have a look at the sections:
- See the Translating Wikipedia website.
Or look for volunteer translation opportunities in another area you are interested in.