InterpretimeBank is an online community for professional interpreters and interpreting students. It was created in August 2014 by a group of former classmates who wanted to create a network of professional interpreters working worldwide, to foster knowledge exchange and to have a platform that could be used as a life-long learning tool.
InterpretimeBank is not meant to replace on-site training, instead it allows you to easily access a pool of qualified peers willing to help you practise. Living far away from a practice group, or being unable to afford a course is no longer a reason to stop you from polishing your skills. All you need is to be willing to give your time.
You can work with InterpretimeBank regardless of where you live. All you need is a computer and internet access.
You decide how to use your own time to practise with other interpreters. All you have to do is check if there are any exchanges in your language combination ready to take place, or you can create your own.
You can exchange knowledge with interpreters working in other markets in all four corners of the world.
Only interpreters know what it means to be an interpreter. Therefore, the main requirement to join the community is to be either a professional interpreter or a student of a Masters in Conference Interpreting programme, or an accredited Public Service Interpreting programme.
If you need someone to listen to your interpretation and give you feedback, it is as easy as posting an exchange requesting feedback and waiting for another InterpretimeBank member to reply. The platform will automatically match your language combination with that of other members with relevant combinations for your needs. All you have to do is specify the time and date that suits you best for the exchange to take place.
Once you have a partner for the exchange, you can communicate privately to specify further details (speech to be interpreted, modality and goals).
You are free to decide how the exchange takes place ̶ via Skype, Hangouts or any other platform of your preference. The InterpretimeBank platform will keep track of the duration of the exchange. During the session, you will spend time (our currency) and the person listening to you will earn time that will be credited to their account.
You can also participate in exchanges posted by other members, listen to their interpretations and give them feedback. By doing so you will earn time credit that will be saved up in your account.
If you run out of credit time, because you had many people listening to you, you can earn some by either participating in other users’ events or by purchasing time units.
InterpretimeBank is an online community to practise based on mutual support, but it is also a time bank, where time is the currency that you earn or spend in an exchange.Register