Interpreting for human rights - Russian

Organisation: 
  • Läkare i Världen

Doctors of the World is an international, humanitarian organization that work for equal rights and access to health and medical care. We help people in marginalized situations - both in Sweden and internationally - by providing assistance mainly in terms of health and medical care. In addition to this we provide legal and psychosocial help every Wednesday for people who have no access to these services within the public sector.

Our services to these people are delivered entirely on a voluntary basis.

Legal advice is provided by lawyers and psychosocial assistance is give by certified psychologists and psychiatrists, but most of our volunteers do not speak the same language as the patients. Therefore, we are constantly in the need for interpreters. Hence, if you do speak Russian and could interpret from English or Swedish, your assistance would be very helpful to us. We are looking for interpreters with a lot of integrity and responsibility. You also need to be prepared to deal with sensitive and personal information in accordance with our privacy policy.

When and where will the volunteering take place: 
We run a free legal/psychosocial reception in Stockholm which is open every Wednesday. This is the primary location where we need interpreters. We are also in the need of interpreters who can assist doing follow-ups and other administrative tasks related to care. For instance, one task could be to convey a message to a client regarding appointments. These tasks are to a lesser extent tied to a specific time or place.
Specific requirements and information: 
As a volunteer for Doctors of the World you will be offered an introductory course, and an information session hosted by the office. You will also get the support you need from other interpreters in the organisation. We do not require you to be a certified interpreter or law practitioner, but such experience is seen as a great merit. Doctors of the World do help a lot of people in vulnerable situations, and our tasks are very varied. Together, we make a great difference.
Minimum time commitment: 
We would like you to contribute at least three times within each half year. Each appointment is about 3 hours per Wednesday.
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These details are voluntary and are only used by Volontärbyrån for statistical purposes.