Working as an interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross: Workshop on Thursday 2nd June 2016


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in an area of armed conflict?

Is working for a humanitarian organisation something that appeals to you?

Do you want the chance to do something really life changing using your language skills?

We know a lot of SOAS students are highly motivated and driven to make the world we live in a better place. Whether through influencing policy, contributing to prevailing issues through academic research or embarking on a career within an NGO there is no end to the engagement that we see from our students.

Here at the SOAS Careers Service we’re really keen to expose our students to the amazing opportunities on offer. To do this we work closely with organisations from across all sectors.

One of our most cherished relationships is with Liz Harris a SOAS alum who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.

Liz is always keen to return to campus to meet our fantastic students and will be running her flagship workshop “Interpreting in War: Working as an interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross” on Thursday 2 nd June 2016 at 09:30am.

If you’re studying Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bahasa Indonesian, Bengali, Burmese, Dari/Farsi, Hausa, Khmer, Korean, Pashto, Sinhala, Somali, Swahili, Tamil, Thai or Urdu/Hindi and would like to use your language working for a humanitarian organisation then apply for a place at this event.

This workshop will introduce you to the work of the ICRC and the principles of consecutive interpreting. You’ll learn about the realities faced by field interpreters through presentations and role-plays with seasoned ICRC staff and an interpreter and trainer from the International Criminal Court.

The International Committee of the Red Cross regularly recruits interpreters who play a crucial role in helping the ICRC to assist and protect civilians and non-combatants in armed conflict.

Applicants for the workshop should send a CV and cover letter to and by today, Friday 27 th May, listing their languages/level, as well as their motivation for attending.

Please note we have not yet received any applications so if you believe that you’ve applied please send your application over to us again.

We’re looking forward to receiving your applications!

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