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Tue 2 Apr 2013, 6:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Rotorua Community House, 1115 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Course fee: $152.00 ($150.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Alexis LewGor

Rotorua has always been an international city. In a short walk through our inner city streets, we see and hear proof that we are home to many diverse cultures and languages. It is a welcoming city offering migrants and newcomers many forms of assistance as they settle in. In a new move, Rotorua also offers clarity in communication to those who speak little or no English when they visit their local service centres.

To become an interpreter you need to be trained well, be told of the risks, be able to speak your first language well and more importantly be able to interpret the exact same message in English and vice versa.

Want a career as an interpreter?

Is this course for you?
Are you a well-qualified migrant in Rotorua looking for a job? Are you bilingual and fluent in two languages? Perhaps you're already working or volunteering as an interpreter and want to learn more. This 12 week Interpreting course is an intensive programme that provides you with professional skills in interpretation (the task of converting spoken statements from one language to another, and from one culture to another).

When will the course be run?
The course will be run for 11 weeks, on Tuesdays from 6pm to 9pm.

Where will the course be run?
The course will be run at the Rotorua Community House, at 1115 Haupapa Street, in the downstairs meeting room on Tuesdays.

What you will learn?
You will learn to work effectively and professionally as a liaison interpreter in a range of community settings.

Will you get a formal qualification?
At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate indicating that you have done the Decypher’s Interpreting course. Interpreters work with Health, Legal, Police, Immigration and other government and private organisations.

What will it cost?
The course fee will be subsidised if funding is granted. The fee is payable at the start of the course.

Who will teach the course?
The Rotorua Multicultural Council has been approached by Decypher, a charitable trust in Hamilton. The suggestion is that Decypher would run a course for prospective registered interpreters in Rotorua.

Here are a few quotes taken from Decypher’s trained interpreters on the reasons they did the Interpreters Course:
Interpreters are professionals. I wanted to help those members of my Zimbabwean community who for one reason or the other needed someone to interpret our home Shona language into English. I believe the ability to communicate is one of the most important things in life, and with good communication, access to all social services can be a reality for disadvantaged people. I find interpreting exciting and quite challenging as well. My major satisfaction has been the feeling of being a vital link in facilitating understanding between two parties who could not otherwise communicate with each other. Each assignment is unique in its own right and brings different kinds of experience which is good for my professional growth.

Interpreters are bilingual people, trained to effectively bridge the language gap. I like the idea of helping people to communicate. I ’m enjoying the challenge of interpreting as it represents learning a new skill and meeting people from different cultures. Being professional, following the Code of Ethics, and doing my job to the best t of my knowledge are the ways to provide good service and get job satisfaction as well.

Interpreters care about achieving the best outcomes. I saw how hard life could be for people who did not speak English when my grandparents came to New Zealand. I have had the opportunity to help relatives and friends with interpreting but never in a professional capacity. I thought that if f I could help those who were close to me, I might as well help other people at the same time.

Find out more. Phone Alexis LewGor on 07-3480248 for more information or email

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