Welcome to New Translators

Thank you for joining Global Voices Lingua! This document explains our mission and how our community works. Please check out the rest of our Global Voices Lingua Guides.

For how to translate, check our Lingua Translators Guide.

Getting Started

We don't have an office, so our community of hundreds of volunteer contributors operate virtually. Most of the activity revolves around the English site. We also have dozens of languages that have their own teams of managers and translators. In addition to that, we have two special projects, Advox, and Rising Voices. Finally, the Community blog serves as our contributors’ space.

GV translators make Global Voices posts available in your language. We cover important stories coming from marginalized and misrepresented communities and interesting conversations taking place in citizen media around the world.

Learn more about Global Voices:

Who Is Who at Global Voices?

A lot of people are involved in making Global Voices tick from day to day, including you!. Make sure you have at least one Translation Manager who is your primary contact person, and that you are subscribed to the appropriate GV Google Groups. If there is no Translation Manager available, then your primary contact is the Lingua Manager.

The easiest way to see who is who is to visit:

Global Voices translators

GV translators are contributors who mainly translate from English, or one of the Lingua sites, into your mother tongue, choosing one of the posts available daily from the Global Voices in English, Rising Voices, Advox, Community, or one of the Lingua sites. The translation is published on your target language site.

Mailing Lists

You will be added to one or more Google Groups email lists. The main list is called the “GV Community” email group. Everyone at Global Voices is included in the conversations on the GV Community group, where we discuss editorial and organizational issues.

There are also regional email groups with other bloggers from your own region, language-specific groups for the Lingua project and some lists used only to request translations.

Being Part of the Community

As a Global Voices community member, you help decide what happens to the website, what our priorities should be, and what the future of our project is. You should always feel free to suggest ideas or raise concerns. We also try to connect with each other through Social Networking sites. Global Voices Board of Directors also has three elected members, two chosen from volunteers and one from staff. Do communicate with your community representative whenever you need to.

It can be hard work being a Global Voices translator, but it is also very rewarding! Translating for GV often leads to many new friends and professional opportunities because you build an impressive portfolio while helping a worthwhile cause.

Everything on Global Voices is published under a Creative Commons license, so be prepared to see your best translations appear on other news websites and blogs too.

Global Voices Meetups

Every year and a half or so, Global Voices holds a summit in a different location to bring as many Global Voices contributors together as possible. In the past, we've been able to invite some our most active volunteers to travel to these summits at no cost. We will always strive to bring as many people as possible.

At other times, Global Voices contributors who live in the same cities or regions have organized their own smaller meetings. Feel free to reach out to fellow GVers who are in your area. You could also be invited to blogger events or conferences where you meet other Global Voices contributors.