Success Stories

  • Ksenia (Germany): realised that she really wants to work as an interpreter, and is thinking to start-up her own company. 
  • Valentina (Germany): already had experience in the interpreting sector. She plans to enrol for a master program in translation to further improve her skills. 
  • Sidonie (Italy): student at the university of Palermo, successful in the training, she hopes to be able to take part in other courses. 
  • Nadège (Italy): already working as a language mediator at the Hospital of Palermo, she feels her skills have been enhanced through the training. 
  • Ahmad (Greece): hired by the Greek police for a centre for illegal migrants.

The results

In this project we successfully transferred an innovative and successful language interpreter training course from the UK to Bulgaria, Germany, Greece and Italy.

The language interpreter training program aimed to train migrants who are already proficient in the local language to work as interpreters for migrants who have to face difficulties in communication with institutions and public services because of language barriers.

During the two-year project time all project partners successfully adapted the British training course to the respective country’s conditions and delivered it twice to make sure that it fits best the student’s needs and the respective conditions.

The project had a lasting influence on all the participating countries: In Greece, a new social enterprise was founded ; in Italy, an interpreting service for asylum-seekers was established and in Germany, the German Jobcenter is seeking for an implementation of interpreters in their institution. All project partners are now striving for a continuation of the project.

Our Future plans 

Though the originally planned official recognition for the 36 hour course seems to be a very difficult issue the demand for interpreters is so big at the recent migration situation in Europe that this is more important than accreditation. In this case accreditation is an additional benefit but not a vital requisite in order to continue offering the course in each country. All the four countries are willing to continue developing this starting course to the 120 hour course that will enable participants to take their DPSI (Diploma in Public Service interpeting).