World Relief works with interpreters on a contract basis to serve the wide variety of languages our newly arriving refugees speak. We are always looking for new interpreters!

Common Refugee Languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Burmese
  • Chin
  • Dari
  • Falam
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Karen (Sgaw and Poe)
  • Khmer
  • Kinyamulenge
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kiswahili
  • Mon
  • Pashto
  • Rohingya
  • Somali
  • Tigrinya

Common Interpreter Activities:

  • Home visits (at the refugee’s home)
  • Cultural Orientation Classes (at World Relief Office)
  • Meetings with caseworker
  • Phone interpretation

Interpreter Requirements:

  • Be fluent in English
  • Be fluent in a common refugee language
  • Be available for appointments during our business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Have transportation to and from appointments
  • Maintain strict client confidentiality
  • Exhibit professionalism
  • Sign an annual World Relief Bilingual Assistant Contract
  • Sign an annual W-9, which requires the individual to have a social security number
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check through World Relief's portal


We pay our interpreters $15 per hour. We mail business checks on a monthly basis following the receipt of an invoice (the Monthly Contract Log) which can be mailed or brought to our office, or emailed to our Finance Specialist. The invoice is due the 1st of each month and checks are mailed out by the 10th of the month. If you have not received your check by the 15th, please contact our Finance Specialist.

We reimburse for miles driven over 40 miles, which we consider a standard commute. We reimburse these miles at the federal rate. This means that an interpreter who drives 50 miles to and from our office will be reimbursed for 10 miles.

To Apply:

Interested interpreters should contact the Resettlement Manager ( to set up a 15-minute meeting to submit required paperwork and discuss the expectations and requirements in the contract.