Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc. (MCAF)
Arabic Interpreters for Syrian Refugees
INTERPRETING / TRANSLATING:
MCAF is currently seeking Arabic Interpreters/Translators for Syrian Refugees. Interpreters may provide interpretation / translation for the immediate resettlement needs of newcomers, including:
• Information sessions,
• Doctors’ appointments,
• Parent/Teacher Interview, etc.
Community/Cultural Interpreter Suitability Self- Assessment:
• Is my proficiency in both languages well balanced?
• Do I demonstrate effective, active listening skills?
• Do I speak audibly?
• Am I a good communicator?
• Do I remember verbal statements of at least 10 seconds in length?
• Can I work as the part of a team?
• Do I have an overbearing and dominant personality?
• Can I go along with people from different cultures
• How do I handle myself under the stress?
• Can I maintain boundaries with people I work with/for?
I understand that the newcomer/volunteer relationship should be based on respect, equal partnership and shared participation in activities. Participation by both volunteer and newcomer is voluntary and either have the right to terminate the relationship at any time. As a volunteer, I understand and agree to the following:
1. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will do my best to maintain a commitment to the program for a minimum of six months to one year.
2. I will maintain weekly contact with the newcomer with whom I am matched, or ensure that any other members of the volunteer team are in communication if I am unable to do so.
3. I will communicate with the Program Coordinator approximately once per month, to keep them updated regarding the match.
4. I will not use the Community Connections Program as a means of pursuing a romantic or sexual relationship.
5. I will not use this relationship to promote any religious or political beliefs that I mayhold, nor will I use this relationship for any personal financial gain.
6. I understand that I may provide input into which newcomer I am matched with, but that ultimately all match selections must go through the Program Coordinator. I will not self-match with other newcomers once I am in the Program.
7. I will, at all times, respect the right to privacy of the individual or family with whom I am matched. I will treat any personal information about the newcomer with confidence and not disclose such information without their permission.
8. I understand that the Program is not liable for any injury or mishap which may befall me in the course of carrying out my responsibilities for the program.
9. I understand that I must notify the on duty staff/volunteer coordinator if I have special conditions (medical, physical, and other) which may influence me performing the assigned duties.
For more information please contact:
RIGHTS FOR VOLUNTEERS*
1. THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED AS A CO-WORKER
- Not just free help
2. THE RIGHT TO A SUITABLE ASSIGNMENT
- With consideration for personal preference, temperament, life experiences, education, employment background and available time.
3. THE RIGHT KNOW AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THE AGENCY OR SERVICES
- Its policies, its people, its programs.
4. THE RIGHT TO PREPARATION FOR THE JOB
- Orientation that is thoughtfully planned and effectively presented
5. THE RIGHT TO CONTINUING TRAINING ON THE JOB
- Follow-up to initial orientation: information about new development and training for greater responsibility.
6. THE RIGHT TO SOUND GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION
- by someone who is experienced , patient, well informed and thoughtful, and who has a time to invest in giving guidance.
7. THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD
- to have a part in planning, to feel free to make suggestions, to have respect shown for an honest opinion.
*From The Volunteer Service Procedure Manual, Ministry Of The Solicitor General Alberta.