Please note the Mentoring Program is currently paused while we transition to a new format. Stay tuned for updates on our social channels Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Our mentoring program pairs TED Translators who are looking to develop their subtitling and reviewing skills with experienced volunteers who are eager to collaborate and share their expertise.

How it works

  1. Apply to join as a Mentor or Mentee
  2. Once accepted, you’ll be invited to our dedicated mentoring platform
  3. Connect with a mentoring partner in your language
  4. Customize your mentoring connection!
    • Set personalized goals you want to achieve
    • Create tasks and due dates (which you can adjust any time)
    • Schedule check-ins to stay on top of your progress


6 weeks / Flexible


A dedicated mentoring platform, customizable connection plans, curated guides to building goals and successful mentorship practices


  • Invitations to virtual TED events
  • Mentee certificate of completion* Russian
  • Mentor badge
  • Mentor spotlight on social media



Linguist Track:

  • Knowledge of TED Translators rules and guidelines
  • Fluency in both source and target languages
  • Basic to intermediate subtitling skills

Reviewer Track:

  • Reviewer-qualified (you must have 10 published subtitles or more)
  • Fluency in both source and target languages
  • Intermediate to advanced subtitling skills

Not sure which role or mentoring track is right for you? Take this short quiz to find out!


  • Expert language skills in source and target languages
  • Exceptional knowledge of TED guidelines and subtitling best practices
  • Demonstrated history of positive collaboration with TED Translators
  • Evidence of providing useful, actionable feedback on subtitles
  • At least 10 sets of subtitles and 2 reviews published in the mentoring language

All participants should be current members of the TED Translators program and have the ability to proactively communicate with their mentoring partner on a weekly basis.


Mentorship is available in the following languages. Don't see yours? Check back soon — we add new languages each month.

  • Arabic
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese, Simplified
  • Chinese, Traditional
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

Ready to join our mentoring program?

Apply as a mentee Apply as a mentor