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Volunteer Translators for AIDS Education Videos

Date Submitted: 17-Jun-2009
From: Jason Miller
Subject: Volunteer Translators for AIDS Education Videos
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Notice: AIDSvideos.org has created 100 original free HIV/AIDS prevention education videos in 13 languages that have received over 1.5 million views to date.
We are now translating selected scripts and videos into the world's major
languages. We are seeking:

1) Volunteers anywhere to translate written scripts from English into other
2) Volunteers anywhere to proofread finished translations by others.
3) Presenters with native or near-native fluency in the San Francisco Bay
Area to present finished scripts into the camera via teleprompter. (No
memorization required--just look at the teleprompter screen and read the
text out loud! We welcome volunteers, but can also provide a stipend for
presenters if necessary.)
4) Volunteers anywhere who can present the finished scripts into their own
camera and mail tapes to the U.S. for editing.
5) Volunteers anywhere who would like to share their personal story about
HIV/AIDS (PLWHA, friends, caregivers, etc.) with the world through video.

We currently have an immediate need for:
(a) presenters in the San Francisco Bay area fluent in Afrikaans,
Cantonese, German, Greek, Japanese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu,
Thai, Ukrainian, and Urdu.
(b) volunteer proofreaders located anywhere, as well as presenters located
in the SF Bay area, for Amharic, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali,
Gujarati, Spanish, Punjabi, Turkish, Vietnamese, Xhosa, and Zulu.

All our videos are freely downloadable and reusable under the Creative
Commons 'noncommercial, attribution, no-derivatives' license. This means
that anyone is free to download, host, embed, link to, distribute, and use
them for noncommercial purposes. You can see our videos on YouTube at
http://youtube.com/user/AIDSvideos and download them for free from
http://www.archive.org. UNAIDS is using some of them
(http://www.uncares.org/UNAIDS2/videos/index.shtml), as is AEGiS