If you’re wondering whether membership of a professional association is the right path, take a closer look at what AIIC membership will mean to you.
#1 Become part of an International Network
When you become a member of AIIC, you will join a network of more than 3000 other professionals as part of the only global association of conference interpreters.
The AIIC community includes freelance interpreters, staff interpreters and interpreter trainers from 105 countries. Inside your region and the special interest groups you can choose to join, you will have the chance to meet colleagues who understand the demands of being a conference interpreter, who can help you grow and offer you professional opportunities.
The solidarity you will find as a member isn’t limited to networking opportunities. If unforeseen circumstances mean you are unable to work, AIIC will be there to support you until you can work again. The AIIC Solidarity Fund has been available to all members since it was started in 1958, with the anonymous donations sent by members to a colleague who had been hospitalised following a car accident.
#2 Sign of Excellence
Extensive professional experience is just one of the requirements you are asked to demonstrate in your application. What really sets AIIC apart and keeps standards high is that your language and professional skills are assessed by sponsors: AIIC members with the same language combinations who have worked with you and can attest to your linguistic skills and professionalism.
Potential employers will see your ‘Member of AIIC’ logo as a guarantee of the highest levels of professionalism in all aspects of conference interpreting.
#3 Training Opportunities
Our profession is changing and developing so fast that it is important to learn new skills, and occasionally refresh the old ones. The AIIC Training and Professional Development group (ATDP) is dedicated to providing up-to-date training courses throughout the year. As a member of AIIC, you will have priority access to all our training courses, including the Training of Trainers series.
Could you use help finding new opportunities? As a member of AIIC, potential employers will know where to find you and trust that you have the skills they are looking for.
How will AIIC membership help you?
Every member of AIIC, and their language combinations, is listed in our online directory of conference interpreters.
Printed copies of the directory are sent to the major institutions around the world.
Institutions advertise opportunities on the ‘Jobs’ page in the members-only portal.
Consultant interpreters recruit interpreters for multilingual events from their fellow members.
AIIC members are confident to recommend each other to their employers.
#5 Make a Difference
If the idea of rolling up your sleeves to improve conditions for conference interpreters everywhere appeals to you, then you aren’t alone. With 16 special interest groups and committees, 23 regions and 2 sectors all staffed by volunteers, AIIC offers you numerous opportunities to get involved and make a difference to our profession..
Intrigued? Here are just a few of the activities AIIC volunteers have been working on in 2021:
Negotiating DI agreements with the institutions
Defining DI best practices and guidelines
Hosting mentoring sessions for interpreting schools
Organising the 2022 assembly
Planning and hosting webinars
Planning training sessions for members and interpreter trainers
Running the regional associations
Representing AIIC within the institutions
Working on ISO standards for conference interpreting
Researching the health risks of distance interpreting
Campaigning to protect interpreters in Afghanistan
Ready to make a difference? Join AIIC today and put your mark on your profession!
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