Turkish translator Eda Kolatu lives in London and loves volunteering and learning new words.
Q. How did you find out about The Rosetta Foundation?
I was researching interpretation and translation on the Internet and, whilst looking through voluntary positions on Google, I came across The Rosetta Foundation.
Q. What inspired you to get involved as a volunteer?
I really love helping others, so I wanted to volunteer for a good cause. Also, I wanted to gain valuable experience so as to find a paid/permanent job in the translation field. This motivated me to volunteer with The Rosetta Foundation.
Q. Where do you live? What language/s do you work with?
I live in Enfield in North London. I can speak Turkish and English fluently. I speak Spanish too, but I’m not yet fully proficient.
Q. How do you like to approach a translation task?
First and foremost, I read the document several times to gain an understanding of the topic, and also do some research. I then prepare my desk by laying out all the essential stationery, dictionaries, notepads and so forth so I can fully focus on the task.
Q. What gets you most excited about a translation?
When I do translations about different fields and topics I get very excited, as it gives me the opportunity to learn about a variety of different subjects and areas, which expands my overall knowledge, as well as my language skills.
Q. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not translating?
I enjoy reading a variety of books, articles, internet content, poems and facts. Equally, I enjoy researching and writing about everything that I find particularly interesting. I enjoy learning new words in Turkish, English and Spanish. Widening my language repertoire is very important to me, so I constantly work hard to memorise new grammar and vocabulary.
Q. What do you believe is the best way to motivate others to get involved involunteering?
The best way of motivating others to get involved in volunteering is by showing them that they can help and inspire other people with their efforts, that they can make a positive change in someone else’s life. Another effective way of persuading people to volunteer is by showing them the benefits they themselves will enjoy: learning opportunities, priceless skills development and experience that is invaluable when it comes to applying for jobs. Volunteering can open up doors to employment, allowing people to fulfil their ambitions and goals in life.