Volunteer Interpreters Program (VIP)


Cause Areas


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


52 Chauncy St.9th FloorBoston, MA 02111


The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is the largest landlord in New England. Our main mission is to provide affordable housing through the administration of rental assistance programs. Our clients are comprised of many racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities, many of whom are newcomers to the Boston area with limited English speaking and reading abilities.

As a response to the language needs of the BHA community, the Language Access Team under the BHA Office of Civil Rights has established the Volunteer Interpreters Program (VIP). The purpose of BHA-VIP is to recruit and train volunteer interpreters to provide interpretation and translation services to Limited English Proficiency families who are seeking or residing in subsidized housing.

The VIP program offers volunteers with a two-hour training of how to be a good housing interpreter, and great opportunities to strengthen their interpretation, translation and communication skills throughout a professional environment, to learn about affordable housing policies and practices, to obtain academic credits and to build the resume for career.


  • Bilingual
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese / Mandarin
  • Vietnamese
  • Hatian / Creole
  • Spanish

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Serve 10 hrs or less a month, on an on-call basis
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