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SOAS, London UK: Communicating in War - working as an interpreter for the ICRC

12-05-2014 Event

19 June 2014, 9am – 5pm. This one-day workshop for SOAS students will give participants an insight into life as an interpreter for the ICRC.

Event Info

Where: Russell Square College Buildings, School of Oriental and African Studies, London WC1H 0XG

When: 19.06.2014, 09:00 - 17:00

ICRC interpreter Charlie Gammell in AfghanistanInterpreters play a crucial role in the ICRC’s work in armed conflicts around the world. In a typical day, an ICRC interpreter might visit detainees, bring news of missing loved ones to families, and negotiate with the authorities and other armed groups on the conduct of hostilities.

This one-day workshop will give participants a grounding in the work of the ICRC and present the day-to-day realities of the work of our interpreters through role-plays and discussions. It will also introduce participants to the concept and practice of consecutive interpretation.


The workshop will be led by Liz Harris, ICRC sourcing delegate.

For more information about how to apply, please visit the SOAS website.  

Please note this workshop is open to SOAS students only.

Photo:  © C. Gammell