Humanity Road call for volunteer BCS translators

For my BCS translator colleagues — the following was shared by an ATA colleague working with Translators Without Borders. Please consider volunteering if you’re able. Contact information in body of post:

Humanity Road ( is in active response to extreme flooding and urgent needs emerging from the recent flooding in the Balkans region. The organization has reached out to Translators without Borders ( for additional language assistance. They have requested an activation in support of Balkan languages (Croatian, Serbian and particularly Bosnian).

This is for a three day activation — beginning tomorrow for Wed, Thurs, Fri May 21, 22, and 23^rd . This is in support of identifying and matching urgent needs with aid providers or solutions. The activation will require approximately two hours a day or more depending on their own availability to query, respond or collect for reporting needs. We estimate needing two or three translators for a three day period. They will be added to our skype response window.

If you can help in this emergency please respond directly to Cat Graham and Rebecca Petras (please specify the language(s) you can assist with).

Translators without Borders is in urgent need of additional volunteers who can help with the translation of medical and other texts into Bosnian. Please send an email to if you are available to volunteer.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone else who may be interested.

Background (or search Balkans flooding):


One comment

  1. dbaplanb

    Update from a doctor friend in Zenica, edited somehwat: The situation in Nemila, Topcic Polje, Maglaj, Zavidovici and a number of villages in the surrounding areas is catastrophic — much worse than during the war. People lost everything, houses were destroyed as if they were made of paper. We are all helping. People from Zenica were making sand bags barriers, and now they are going out to help in Maglaj and other places. EMS and all doctors and nurses were out in the field. We got 6 helicopters from neigbouring countries so we had an air lift for the people who were stranded. I didn’t sleep for two days — I was on the helicopter pad and in collective centers. Since yesterday I’m no longer in the field but instead am taking care of two stationary centers for old and very sick people as well as working in the ambulanta [a medical clinic in town]. Generally the situation is getting better, but assistance will be needed. We have enough medicines, vaccines, food and other basic things but soon all those people will need everything to start a new life, build houses and so on.

    She goes on to advise careful selection when making disaster relief donations. She asked me to consider adopting a family to help directly and offered to assist in locating vulnerable families to help.

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