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Opportunity Details

Civic & Community
Families, Low-income communities, Visitors & Travelers, Other

Age Minimum (with Adult): 16+, Minimum Age:16+

TED Translators Program 2019-2020

Queens Public Library has partnered with the TED Translators program to offer library volunteers the opportunity to join a global community of individuals helping to share information in a one-of-a-kind "service exchange".

Registered QPL volunteers receive training and support to become a TED Translator; responsible for subtitling  TED Talks  at scale.  Using  a  specially  developed workflow and  educational  resources, volunteers  can  create  high-quality subtitles for global audiences.


  • Must be at least 16 years old

  • Should be fluent (oral and written) in both source and target languages

  • Should be fluent (oral and written) in the transcription language

About TED
TED is  a global  media  nonprofit  dedicated  to  spreading  inspiring  ideas  about today's  most  important  topics,  from  science  to  business  to  global  issues.  TED Translators  make  these  ideas  accessible  to  audiences  worldwide  by translating TED  Talks  online  into  116  languages.

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After signing up with QPL, you will be redirected via URL link to register with TED.  All applicants must apply and complete the following application.

This is a virtual service project. Virtual volunteers may be asked to provide confirmation that projects have been completed.  In most cases, volunteers would receive verification of project completion instead of completed service hours.

QPL virtual service opportunities maintain our commitment to quality and safety for the public.  All volunteers must meet library standards to participate in service projects.

Individuals 18 and older are subject to an investigative background check that may be used when considering volunteers.

Click the "EXPRESS INTEREST" button to apply. A valid email address is required.    

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