Use your Language Skills to Influence Good in the US and Around the World
Non-governmental, and non-profit, organizations are in need of personnel with language skills just as much as other organizations. Whether you're interested in operation--working on the ground-- or advocacy--working to influence government policy--there are countless opportunities around the world.
Your language skills can be used to help refugee resettlement organizations at home, or you can work on the "front lines" and distribute food aid to famines abroad.
Applying for these NGOs and nonprofits will give you an opportunity to use your language skills while helping people who need it the most.
No One Left Behind helps Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States. They bridge the gap between the State Department and NGO refugee relief programs, and provide assistance with housing, employment and cultural adaptation.
No One Left Behind is always looking for volunteers to help out across the country. Having the ability to speak Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, or Urdu is extremely helpful and goes a long way to helping these families become settled in the United States. You not only get to use your language but also truly make a difference for these interpreters and their families.
You can find more information on their website, or can reach out to Mike Guerrieri, Volunteer Lead for the DC Metro area, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike is looking for volunteers, and will be able to put you in a position to help.
You can learn more about what Mike is looking for in a volunteer, and more about No One Left Behind, by listening to episode 4 of our podcast, the Language Happy Hour.