Attend a local interpretive training – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Interpretation services are an essential part of accessing the services and programs offered in the Estes Valley. Over the years, our community has relied primarily on a small cohort of talented bilingual volunteers to provide these services. As programs and service offerings continue to grow, the need for interpretation will also increase. Investing in the people who support language access is essential to the continued success of our community programs.

Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership (EVRJP) is delighted to offer a free eight-hour interpretive training workshop on Friday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth St. The training is intended to strengthen the local language access capacities and increase the resources available to support translation and interpretation services in the community. Members of the multilingual community who wish to volunteer and/or work for interpretive services in the Estes Valley are encouraged to attend.

The workshop will focus on the modes of interpretation (consecutive, simultaneous, on sight); approach interpretation in small and large groups; teach techniques to control the interpretive environment; explore and address the challenges of simultaneous interpretation and interpreter fatigue; tutorials for creating glossaries; the role of note taking; ethics of interpreters; use, care and maintenance of interpretation equipment; and remote simultaneous interpretation via a conference platform (Zoom) with and without interpretation mode.

The workshop will be led by Miguel Martinez, Principal of Fenix, Inc. As an experienced certified court interpreter, Miguel has worked with numerous state and federal agencies. He has developed numerous programs on cultural integration, executive training on managing a diverse workforce, labor relations and language development initiatives, and provides advice on cross-cultural issues and diversity. He has extensive experience, including serving as a former member of the State Language Access Advisory Committee and the State of Colorado Court Interpreter Oversight Committee.

The training is hosted by Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership and is open to the public. The class will be taught in a neutral way so that interpreters of any language can benefit. In order to offset the cost of the training, the EVRJP asks participants to commit to providing interpreting services (volunteer or stipend) to non-profit organizations in the Estes Valley. Participants who successfully complete the training will be assessed for inclusion in a local list of community translation and interpreting resources hosted and supported by the non-profit Estes Park Resource Center (EPNRC).

To ask questions or to register to attend the training, please contact Denise Lord, Manager and Director of EVRJP, at 970-577-3829 or [email protected], by May 16.

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