Volunteer with GALA

Get involved. Make a difference. Be a volunteer.

Volunteering with GALA enables you to develop as a leader, build your professional network, and sharpen your collaboration skills. Simultaneously, it provides critical support to GALA in high-impact areas and extends the association’s resources.

New Opportunities Summer 2022!

Vote and Apply

Log in to your GALA account to vote on SIGs and/or apply to volunteer. Deadline to submit is 08 July 2022.

New SIGs

The GALA team compiled a list of future special interest groups and we need your help determining which ones to launch first. Vote in the poll for your favorites:

  • Inclusive Language & Terminology
  • Quality Management
  • International UX
  • Multimedia Localization
  • Vendor Management
  • Project Management

Interested in moderating one of the new SIGs? Moderators will develop the goals, programming, and schedule. They also moderate the calls (on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis). If the group is project- or deliverable-based, the moderation team will ensure progress towards the goal.

Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee members ensure that all board candidates meet established criteria for GALA leadership and help to identify potential future leaders. Their goal is to ensure that GALA has a board that is balanced, representative of the membership, and equipped to lead the association. The engagement consists of approximately 3 virtual meetings held during September and October, plus a few hours of asynchronous work between meetings.

Focus Groups

GALA is reevaluating its approach to membership dues and seeks input from members. Focus Group members will work with the GALA staff and board to explore and discuss new models of membership and dues structures. We are seeking broad representation from the membership to ensure that all perspectives are considered. The engagement will consist of approximately 1-3 virtual meetings held during July through early September.

Annual Opportunities

GALA does an annual call for volunteers and all members have the opportunity to submit an application for up to 3 volunteer positions. (Board elections are conducted separately.) The next call for volunteers will be in Q3 2022. Start planning your involvement now! Please send any questions to [email protected]

Opportunity Description Positions Term
MarCom Committee Advises on effective communication strategies with various stakeholder groups. Helps develop strategies for recruiting new members and engaging member-users through an optimal marketing mix. 6 1 year (max 3)
Member Programs Committee Provides guidance on the programs and services that GALA delivers to its members. Encompasses events, content, SIGs, conferences and more. 6 1 year (max 3)
Standards Committee Monitors the development of industry standards and represents GALA on external standards bodies. Acts as a steering group for all GALA-led standards initiatives.  6 1 year (max 3)
Conference Programming Committee Develops conference theme and call for proposals. Reviews and builds professional development for GALA annual conference. Members act as on-site moderators.   7 ~9 months
Rising Star Scholarship Committee Develops theme and rubric for Rising Star Scholarship contest, which awards registration and travel stipend to GALA's annual conference to two students in translation, interpreting, or localization program.  5 ~5 months
SIG Leadership Develops goals and programming for GALA's special interest groups. Moderates meetings and manages working groups, if applicable.  varies 1 year
GALA Board of Directors Sets the strategic direction of the association and provides oversight and stewardship of GALA's operations and resources. Represents the diverse interests of GALA's stakeholders. Review the Board FAQ to learn more. 7 2 years (max 4)


There are a limited number of volunteer roles and placement is not guaranteed. In accordance with our Committee Policies and Procedures, applicants will be considered only if the organization which they represent has been a GALA member for two consecutive years or more. Please refer to the Committee Policies and Procedures document for more details about each committee

New volunteers will be required to attend (or view) a volunteer orientation session in order to serve. They will also be required to complete the GALA Volunteer Service Commitment Form. Operational committee terms last for one year, with an option to renew service for a total of three years of service. Ad Hoc Committees are short term and members serve just once. GALA members may only serve on one volunteer group at at time. GALA does not reimburse Committee or SIG leaders for travel, but will apply discounts for registrations. Meetings will be held virtually with one in-person meeting held at GALA's annual conference.

Each special interest group has a team of moderators to manage the SIG responsibilities along with the GALA staff host. In addition to the responsibilities outlined in the GALA Volunteer Service Commitment Form, SIG moderators:

  • Create the schedule and meeting frequency (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly).
  • Attend the meetings, moderate the discussion, and ensure minutes are taken.
  • Develop programming, including meeting topics and sourcing expert speakers.
  • Create at least 2 written content items for GALA based on the SIG meetings (blogs, articles, etc.) per year.
  • Host 1 webinar based on SIG meetings per year.
  • Ensure progress and compliance toward's the specific SIG's mission. 
  • Represent the SIG at GALA's Annual Conference.
  • Represent GALA and the SIG at industry events and conferences.

Special interest groups may have different missions, such providing a discussion forum or creating a large-scale deliverable for the localization industry. For example: the Client SIG's mission to provide a monthly meeting space for client-side members, whereas the MTPE Training SIG's goal is to develop a training protocol.