Class of Fall 2022 Celebrates Together!

March 15, 2023

Last Saturday afternoon, recent graduates of Found in Translation’s Fall Class of 2022 came together in person to celebrate their hard-earned achievements. Our newest alumnae gathered with their families, staff, volunteers and their fellow alumnae at a community space in Brighton, and everyone enjoyed food, music, and taking photos in front of the photo wall.…

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Congratulations, Fall Class of 2022!

February 28, 2023

On February 25th, Found in Translation held the program celebration for our most recent class of medical interpreters – the Fall Class of 2022! If it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the Spring Class of 2022 – that is because we (kind of) were! In 2022, Found in Translation doubled the frequency of…

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2022: A Year of Innovation and Growth

December 21, 2022

Dear friends, When I joined the team at Found in Translation just over seven years ago, we were a staff of three operating out of our tiny shared office in Cambridge, led by our inimitable Founder and Executive Director, Maria Vertkin. Found in Translation had just celebrated the graduation of our fourth class of Language…

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Community First: Reflections on legacy and impact by Maria Vertkin

December 1, 2022

Dear friends, As the year comes to a close, I reflect on an 11-year legacy. Found in Translation made economic mobility possible for over 300 immigrant women—myself among them. I was 25 years old when I founded Found in Translation, closer to how old I was when I was experiencing homelessness than to the age…

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2022 Virtual Job Fair and Educational Opportunities Event

November 22, 2022

Along with our partners at CCCS and UMass CHAN Medical School, Found in Translation held our third Interpreter Job Fair on November 17th, and our second to take place entirely online. Hosted on the Found in Translation website, this free event was open to interpreters in Boston…and around the world! To match the broader scope…

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We turn obstacles into assets. Designed specifically for low-income and homeless bilingual women, our program trains women with invaluable language skills to become professional medical interpreters.


"Found in Translation is doing great to help us, women,
to the next level of professional work. "

Kim, Vietnamese Interpreter

"After this course, I got my first job in the US.
I used to be a full-time mother before enrolling in Found In Translation."

 Helen, Cantonese Interpreter

"It was the encouragement - it was that I was told: Yes, this country needs what you have.
You have a value and  this is what makes all the difference in the world."

Serafima, Russian Interpreter

After completing the program my life changed drastically. My salary almost doubled [and] I got better job opportunities.” 

Anonymous, Found in Translation Graduate

“Found in Translation gave my professional self meaning and purpose; a career where I'm continually encouraged to learn and where I can use my skills to empower members of my community.”

Wilda, Spanish Interpreter

“Found in Translation gave me a foundation to start off a career that I never thought I could afford.
My skills have enabled me to bring smiles to limited English speakers by making communication easier."

Delfine, Swahili Interpreter

Gabi and Maria Graduation 2018


Our Interpreter Services connect Found in Translation alumnae with community partners in need of language services.

Our Impact


interpreters trained


languages represented


average wage after 1 year


additional income per year


The issues that Found in Translation addresses are not just problems facing the people of Boston. They are national, even worldwide, challenges. Our model is a solution with the potential for a global reach.




I believe that language is what makes us human. We just tend to not realize how important it is until it's gone.

- Maria Vertkin, Founder and Executive Director