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This program is open to current core volunteers AND to the members of organizations that APHF partners with. 

Become a Medical Interpreter

Medical Interpreters are primarily responsible for assisting patients during clinical outreaches by facilitating patient-provider dialogue and ensuring patient comfort. We are currently offering Medical Interpreter openings in the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. This is a great opportunity to become more involved in our organization, and we highly encourage you to apply if you are fluent in any of these languages. If selected, you will be able to improve our organization's ability to serve San Diego’s diverse communities, as well as allow us to extend our assistance to hard-to-reach populations!

To become a Medical Interpreter for APHF, you will need to pass our Medical Interpreter Exam, which is conducted through a video conference call with one of our Examiners. During the exam, you will help a patient (simulated by the Test Examiner) navigate through a mock registration and consultation process, similar to the ones we conduct at outreaches. 

We are also open to providing Medical Interpreter exams in other languages. If you are fluent and willing to act as an examiner, please reach out to us through for more information.

What to Expect as an APHF Team Member

  • Volunteers are expected to fulfill a 1-year term with APHF. Outreaches are not based on a routine schedule but rather, are scheduled depending on the availability from our community partners. On average, there are 1-2 outreaches per month that volunteers may register for. Registration emails are sent 2-3 weeks in advance of outreaches to allow volunteers enough time to arrange their schedule.

  • For each outreach, Program Coordinators will select from the pool of volunteers who have filled out an event registration form. Selected volunteers will be notified 1-2 weeks in advance. Once selected, attendance at the outreach is mandatory unless prior notice is provided.

  • Act professionally and respectfully as a representative of APHF.

  • Attend outreaches in business casual attire and closed-toe shoes.

What to Expect from Us

  • Opportunity to serve minorities and at risk populations.

  • Develop patient care, leadership, communication, and project management skills.

  • Professionalism and Integrity.

  • Mentorship and a network of healthcare professionals.

  • Volunteers will be thoroughly trained before assisting with venue setup, data collection and processing, healthcare equipment operation, and direct patient care.

  • Transportation to outreaches will be provided on request – each Selection Email will include a list of volunteers or Program Coordinators providing carpool. It is the volunteer’s responsibility to acquire transportation.

  • Program Coordinators and Program Interns will generally respond to emails within 48 hours. If you do not hear back, please follow-up with an email.

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