About 80 Ostfildern residents with a range of ethnic and national backgrounds take part in the volunteer Interpreters Pool that was set up by the city's Integration Unit. They assist other residents in conversations at childcare centers, schools, social-service institutions, in doctors' offices, or wherever their services are needed. The volunteers receive training to prepare them for this work. At the moment, this service can provide interpreting in 26 languages (please see flyer).
- The volunteers only perform oral, word-to-word, interpretation, in a neutral manner.
- Written translations are not provided under this program.
- Interpreters can be requested by any Ostfildern resident who is not able to communicate well in German.
- Government authorities, physicians, social-service institutions and childcare centers may also request an interpreter for appointments with Ostfildern residents with whom it is very difficult to communicate in German.
You will find a flyer with information on the program and the names of contact persons in the "Downloads" area on the right. At the moment, the flyer is available in German, English, Turkish, Italian, Croatian, Romanian, and Arabic.
We offer training for volunteer interpreters. A new programme is in development.
The training program is being developed jointly by the Filder Training Network which consists of the cities Ostfildern, Leinfelden-Echterdingen and Filderstadt.
You can get an impression of the training programs by taking a look at the program that was offered from September 2018 through February 2019, available here for download (PDF/191 kb). The activities of the Filder Training Network are supported with funds from the State of Baden-Württemberg, through the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration.
If you are seeking an interpreter:
Vermittlung ehrenamtliche Dolmetscher
Dienststelle: Stadthaus, Gerhard-Koch-Straße 1, Scharnhauser Park
Tel.: 0711 3404-164
Erreichbarkeit: Nach telefonischer Vereinbarung
If you would like to volunteer as an interpreter:
Koordinierungsstelle Bürgerschaftliches Engagement
Dienststelle: Klosterhof 4, Altes Pfarrhaus, Nellingen
Tel.: 0711 3404-254
Erreichbarkeit: Mo, Mi, Do, Fr 8 - 12 und 13 - 17 Uhr