Free Online Trainers’ Seminar in Humanitarian Interpretation

General Description

A 5 days open course for interpreters & interpreters’ trainers employed in humanitarian settings.
28/11/20 – 02/12/20
Daily 09.00h.-13.00h UCT (10.00-14.00h Italy and Spain, 11.00 – 15.00h Greece)

The Trainers’ Seminar in Humanitarian Interpretation aims to address the skills’ needs of professionals working as interpreters in humanitarian contexts, especially in the refugee sector. Using evidence-based learning outcomes developed in the context of a European Erasmus+ KA2 project (Inter4Ref, ), the Seminar presents a comprehensive Open Course with a duration of five days to address the needs of humanitarian interpreters and their trainers, engaged in challenging intercultural communication contexts.

Under the organisation of the National Center for Social Research (EKKE) and the guidance of the State Scholarship Foundation in Greece (IKY), in collaboration with the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP), instructors and academics from Spain (University of Almeria), Italy (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), the UK (University of Glasgow), and Greece (EKKE) deliver this short and comprehensive course addressed exclusively to interpreters, cultural mediators, humanitarian experts and workers, interpretation, education and social sciences students, or any kind of professionals willing to improve their knowledge, skills and competences in Humanitarian Interpretation. The Seminar is offered free of charge and it will be held virtually in English via webex (please see instructions at the end of the present syllabus).

At the end of the training Seminar, participants will be awarded with an accreditation certificate by the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP, Greece).

Dead line for applications: 23/11/20
Contact for applications and inquiries:

Seminar syllabus structure

Day 1 – Saturday, November 28th 2020

Learning Unit 1. The reception context
✓ Chapter 1. Updated notions of refugees, asylum, international protection and subsidiary protection.
✓ Chapter 2. Specific knowledge of issues that could affect users that belong to vulnerable groups: particular legislation and procedures, migration processes, domestic abuse, human trafficking and human rights.

Learning Unit 2. The beneficiaries’ context: Sociocultural dynamics
✓ Chapter 1. Emerging sociocultural dynamics.
✓ Chapter 2. Targeted beneficiaries’ socio-cultural needs and the distinctive professional “sensitivity” of the interpreter vs cultural mediator.

Day 2 – Sunday, November 29th 2020

Introduction to and presentation of the Inter4Ref VOOC “Interpreting for Refugees: Contexts, Practices and Ethics”

Day 3 – Monday, November 30th 2020

Learning Unit 3. Professional role and Ethics: interpreting for vulnerable groups

✓ Chapter 1. The role of the Humanitarian interpreter; Professionalism through the knowledge of the deontological codes and main issues of the profession.
✓ Chapter 2. Tolerance and empathy as fundamental pillars of interpreting in a humanitarian context.

Learning Unit 4. Interpreting techniques and tools for refugees
✓ Chapter 1. Overviewing interpretation for refugees and asylum seekers
✓ Chapter 2. Practicing interpretation in refuge and asylum contexts

Day 4 – Tuesday, December 1st 2020

Learning Unit 5. Humanitarian interpreting in context: Asylum Service/Reception, Medical/Psychological Health
✓ Chapter 1. Interpreting in the Asylum Service/Reception context: Functioning, terminology, protocols and ways of action in each work context.
✓ Chapter 2. Interpreting in the Medical/Psychological Health context: Functioning, terminology, protocols and ways of action in each work context.

Learning Unit 6. Emotional reflexivity and humanitarian interpretation
✓ Chapter 1. Emotional energy and affective practices in refugee contexts
✓ Chapter 2. An experiential approach in interpreting for vulnerable groups in particular contexts.

Day 5 – Thursday, December 2nd 2020

Course Evaluation and Feedback

Seminar Closure

Accreditation of participants by EOPPEP

Instructions for participation

The seminar will be held via Webex. To participate, please follow the link:

Meeting Number: 121 082 9473
Password: G3rEmxDcn53
Host key: 384412