Are you a bilingual or multilingual Cornell student? Do you want to use your language skills to serve community agencies in emergency and non-emergency situations?
If so, then attend a Volunteer Training Session (VTS) to start your process on becoming a volunteer translator and/or interpreter for TIP! During the VTS, we will provide you with training on:
- How our program works
- How to become a TIP volunteer
- What is expected of you when you translate and/or interpret
After you attend a VTS and sign our Volunteer Contract, you will then be allowed to take a certification exam with a TIP-associated language professor at Cornell to certify your proficiency.
Once we receive your exam results and required paperwork, we will enter your contact information and availability onto our password-protected online volunteer database so that community agencies can contact you when they are in need of translation/interpretation services.
Translation of written communication
Interpretation of oral communication
Disclaimer: TIP does not certify volunteers as American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. Since the program was founded in 2000, TIP has always referred any emergency and non-emergency requests for ASL interpreters to professional American Sign Language interpretation agencies as per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.