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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


4100 Plomondon StreetVancouver, WA 98661


Please visit the Free Clinics Web Site at https://freeclinics.org/volunteer/ for more information and to complete the online application form. Further questions please contact Vicky at 360-313-1389

Interpreters are needed during open clinic hours to assist our Russian-speaking patients, including interpreting at the front desk during patient check‐in, patient triage, over the phone, and interpreting between nurses, providers and patients in exam rooms. This is a very important position. Without interpreters, patients with limited English might not get the appropriate care that they desperately need.


Urgent Care Clinic hrs: Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am - 12:00pm Tues/Thurs 5:30pm - 9:30pm Vision Clinic Hours: Monday 5:30pm - 8:00pm Immunization Clinic Hours: 1st and third Wednesdays 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Dental Clinic -Schedule Varies

Shadow training observations of an experienced volunteer. Ongoing support is provided during each clinic by the Clinic Director or other designated staff.


  • Fluent in Russian and English. 
  • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality. 
  • Ability to engage patients with respect and compassion. 
  • Conscientious about interpreting exactly what the patient says, feeling confident enough to ask for clarification from either the doctor or the patient. 
  • An understanding of, and alertness to, cultural context and how it may influence spoken language.  Dependability and timeliness. 
  • Minimum commitment of one shift a month for a year. 
  • Professionalism. 
  • Minimum 18 years old. 
  • Medically related vocabulary and/or experience is preferred, but not required. 
  • We encourage volunteers to do some research about medical interpretation in clinical settings.


Current volunteers describe a number of benefits: 
The satisfaction of helping your community when there are so many people who would otherwise not receive health care needs. 
Experience translating in a clinical setting. 
Working with patients who daily, in writing and vocally, express gratitude for the care you provide.

For further information please visit our website at www.freeclinics.org/volunteer or contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@freeclinics.org 360-313-1389


  • Healthcare

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • varies

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