Interested in volunteering with our Class of 2020?

May 21, 2020

As we make preparations to carry out our Class of 2020 Medical Interpreter Training later this year, we are interested in connecting with potential volunteers for the following roles: Volunteer Mentor (remote only) Volunteer mentors are critical members of the Found in Translation community, helping participants develop their professional skills and prepare them for their…

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Found in Translation receives Open Door Grant through The Boston Foundation

May 20, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that Found in Translation has received a $25,000 general operating grant from The Boston Foundation through the Foundation’s Open Door Grants program. This funding will support our programming in 2020 as we adapt to meet the needs of our alumnae and support a new class of interpreters through online training.…

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Found in Translation wins 2020 Project Innovation Grant through NBCUniversal Foundation

May 13, 2020

We are excited to share that Found in Translation has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Project Innovation Grant through the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation! Found in Translation was selected because of the flexibility of our programming, and our ability to deliver services and programs that address the needs of those impacted by the…

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Deadline EXTENDED to May 16th and other 2020 application updates

April 27, 2020

In light of our recent decision to move part or all of our Class of 2020 medical interpreter training to online learning, please see the following updates regarding how this will affect our 2020 application process. 1. Our application deadline will be extended through May 16th to accommodate any individuals who may be more interested…

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Class of 2020 Update

April 23, 2020

Dear Found in Translation community, We are monitoring the ongoing efforts in Massachusetts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including how educational activities are being affected by stay-at-home advisories. In the interest of the safety of our students, faculty and community, we have determined that part or all of our Class of 2020 medical interpreter training…

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COVID-19 Update from Maria

April 15, 2020

Dear friends, The spread of COVID-19 has turned our world upside down. But the need for language access in healthcare is critical right now, and soon the need for workforce development may be more dire than we’ve ever seen it, and so the show must go on. Below are some updates on how we’ve adapted,…

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Medical Interpreters are crucial to the fight against COVID-19

March 27, 2020

A message to healthcare providers in this challenging time – please, don’t forget about medical interpreters! Dear healthcare providers, We are deeply grateful to you for your tireless work and personal sacrifices to do everything you can to care for patients right now. We all need each other now like never before. A successful, coordinated…

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2020 Application Now Open + Information Sessions Now Online

March 16, 2020

The wait is over! Found in Translation is excited to announce that the application for the Class of 2020 of our Language Access Fellowship program is NOW OPEN! Applications All applications are online, and due by April 30th. Please review our website for more information and tips about our selection process. Click here for more information and our…

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Maria Vertkin featured on WGBH Lunch Hour Live

March 13, 2020

This year, WGBH celebrated Women’s History Month by exploring women making a difference in and around Greater Boston. On March 12th, our founder and executive director Maria Vertkin was featured on a Lunch Hour Live panel with fellow female leaders in Dorchester – Teresa Maynard, Founder of Sweet Teez Bakery and Boston City Councilor Annissa…

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Application Open Date and Information Sessions for the Class of 2020

March 10, 2020

Found in Translation is excited to announce that the application for the Class of 2020 of our Language Access Fellowship program, which provides medical interpreter training and job placement to low-income bilingual women, will open on March 16th, 2020! Class of 2020 Language Access Fellowship The program is completely free, includes common-sense supports such as on-site childcare, transportation assistance and…

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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, Korean 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