Translation & Interpretation Services
The Iowa Congolese Organization and Center has been a leader in providing interpretation and translation services in Iowa for more than 5 years. With more than 22 interpreters and translators fluent in over 6 languages and dialects, we help medical clinics, government agencies, schools, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals overcome language barriers so that non-English speaker individuals can receive essential care, training and services.
Swahili  Kinyamulenge  Kirundi  Kinyarwanda  French  Lingala  Kibembe
Please read about our services below, or click here for a complete listing. 
Contact Alex Muhire, ICOACH Language Line Specialist, at 515-505-9109

Are you looking for assistance in converting a written or printed document in another language into English, or from English into another language?

Iowa Congolese Organization and Center for Healing frequently translate documents such as:

  • Birth/marriage certificates and other legal documents

  • Brochures, fliers and corporate marketing materials

  • School diplomas/transcripts

  • Business correspondence and application forms for various services

  • Human Resource and Employee Training manuals

If you need help communicating with a limited English speaker either in person at an appointment or by phone, the Iowa Congolese Organization and Center for Healing can help.

Our interpreters regularly interpret at the following types of appointments within a 20-mile radius of the Des Moines metro area:

  • Medical appointments and procedures

  • Parent-teacher meetings and conferences

  • Social service appointments

  • Employee meetings and training

  • Immigration interviews

  • Business meetings

  • Court hearings, depositions, and other legal meetings

Translation Costs

Costs for translation vary based on the characteristics of each document, including word count, language, technicality of terms and formatting required. In order to provide you with a cost estimate, we will first need to review the material to be translated. Once we receive your document(s), we will review them, prepare a cost and timing estimate and obtain your approval before proceeding with the translation.


Interpretation Costs

The hourly interpretation fee for most appointments is $50-$65, depending upon language. A minimum one hour charge applies for all appointments. After the first hour, time is billed in quarter hours. There is no charge for travel time for appointments occurring within the Des Moines metro area. For assignments outside the Des Moines area, travel charges apply. Please contact the Iowa Congolese Organization and Center for Healing for details.


Request A Translation

In order to request a translation please send us a clear copy of the original document(s)

along with your name, phone number, and/or email address.


Request An Interpreter

In order to request an interpreter please call ICOACH or Email us with the details of your appointment: Requester Name, Requester Phone, Requester Email, Language Requested, Date of Appointment, Anticipated Start time of Appointment, Anticipated End Time of Appointment, Appointment Address (Including Apt or Suite # if applicable), Non-English Speaker’s Phone Number (if you would like a reminder call in the requested language for the appointment), Provider Name (Pharmacist, doctor, attorney, judge, etc. who will be facilitating the appointment), Topic to be discussed during appointment, Other Information we need to know​


(515) 505-9109

Tuesday & Thursday 9am-5pm

4300 Beaver Ave 

Des Moines, IA 50310


ICOACH supports the Iowa Congolese community from within.

We create economic opportunities and deliver culturally appropriate assistance, so Congolese can realize their potential, live with dignity and thrive in their new home.


  • Day-to-day help with barriers such as transportation and communication

  • Education & skills for success in USA

  • Developing a new generation

  • Healing from emotional trauma

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