translation for change
Translation as a social change force
My utopia and I
My name is Valeryia Khotsina and two years ago I had to move from Belarus to Warsaw. I'm fulfilling two dreams: to make the world a better place and to progress as a translator and interpreter. I have eight years of experience in translation and work with English, Polish, Russian and Belarusian. For more information about my education and experience, please refer to my LinkedIn profile or CV.

I am interested in collaborating with individuals and organisations that strive to make a positive impact on society. As such, I have significant experience working with NGOs and grassroots organisations. My specialisation lies in translating socio-political, environmental, and human rights texts, and occasionally writing on these subjects myself. This is why I market my services as Translation for Change.

My political activism involves a lot of anti-repressive work. I co-translated two books written by Belarusian ex-political prisoners into English. Currently, I am part of a publishing cooperative where I am pleased to work with texts that align with my political beliefs.

I enjoy work that brings me a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment rather than exhaustion. I prefer collaborating with individuals who view me as an equal partner and ally, rather than a mere robot performing a task.
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What I am good at
Texts, letters, articles, books, contracts, grant applications, reports, etc. Site localisations. Gender-neutral vocabulary on demand.
Simultaneous, consecutive and whisper interpretation at meetings, talks, interviews, presentations.
Editing of translations
Do you have any doubts about the quality of a translated text? Do you need a fresh perspective? I will refine your writing to its final form.
Audiovisual translation
Translation of movies, video clips, podcasts. Includes transcription, translation and subtitling (also for the hearing-impaired).
Video and audio transcription
This task involves transcribing video and audio files in Russian, Belarusian, and English. It may be necessary if you wish to create a blog post based on a podcast.
Anything else?
Ask me, probably I can do more.
My focus areas
Socio-political texts
Progressive only, or with no specific political agenda.
Everything related to attempts to save our planet from the imminent disaster.
Crime and punishment. Repression. Human rights. Contracts and court decisions.
Contemporary arts
Exhibition catalogues, explications, and related information.
Feminism and LGBTQI+
Writing dedicated to discrimination based on gender or sexuality.
Why you should work with me
You don't choose everything in life.
Some things chose you.
  • High proficiency in all working languages
    Proven by certificates (diploma with honours) and experience
  • Confidentiality
    I can have my lips sealed and encrypt data on my computer and online. I prefer secure communication channels
  • Awareness of political context, NGO and grassroots vocabulary
    Instrumental in writing grant applications or describing conditions under which your organisation has to operate
  • Mobility and willingness to travel
  • Always on time with tasks
Some nice people
I got to work with
Do not hesitate to contact me via email or social media for rates and availability, and I will respond as soon as possible.
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