Tuesday, 19 May 2020

WISE Unlockdown Edition - June 2020


More than ever, WISE wants to be with you this summer - and that's why we're excited to announce the first WISE Unlockdown Edition!

WISE Unlockdown Edition will take place on Zoom from Monday 22 June to Friday 26 June. 

Places are limited - applications are open only until Sunday 31 May!

To apply please fill out the following form: 



Monday, 4 May 2020



Back by popular demand!

🛎 EYAWKANDA. Tuesday 12 May. 3pm - 5pm (Brussels/Valencia time).

👉 Registration and further info: t.ly/8Rgk

We'll strive to offer simultaneous interpretation into EN, ES, FR, DE, IT & NL.

Places are limited!

* Participation is free but places are limited to 100 participants on Zoom. Places and interpreting slots will be assigned on a "first-come-first-served" basis to those who register using the online form.

The EYAWKANDA Lockdown Edition will be open to:

· Any former WISE participant
· Current UEV and KU Leuven MA students
· Any colleague coordinating initiatives for interpreters (webinars, etc.) during COVID-19.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

EYAWKANDA Lockdown Edition


[We'll update you all soon on WISE 2020 but meanwhile...]

We'd like to invite you to "EYAWKANDA Lockdown Edition", which will take place online on Thursday 16 April, 3pm - 6pm (Brussels/Valencia time).

We'll strive to offer simultaneous interpretation into EN, ES, FR, DE, IT & NL. 

Places are limited!

Participation is free but places are limited to 100 participants on Zoom. Places and interpreting slots will be assigned on a "first-come-first-served" basis to those who register using the online form.


The EYAWKANDA Lockdown Edition will be open to: 
· Any former WISE participant
· Current UEV and KU Leuven MA students
· Any colleague coordinating free initiatives for interpreters (webinars, etc.) during COVID-19.

See you all very soon!

Saturday, 19 October 2019

What is WISE?

WISE - Workshop for Interpreting Skills Exchange


By interpreters, for interpreters





WISE is a practice workshop for professional interpreters who may want to add to their already extensive booth experience by working on their professional skills.



The idea behind WISE took shape when a group of interpreters sought out opportunities to enhance their professional skills by practising simultaneous and consecutive over the summer downtime. The first sessions were held in 2013 and proved popular as a chance for professionals to hone their skillset in a hardworking yet relaxed atmosphere. As a WISE participant, you work on your skills such as retour or C > A with other professionals who will provide you with feedback on your consecutive and simultaneous.  Spending time with colleagues from all over Europe (and often from much further afield) means that you will hear about what it is like to work in different markets in a laid-back environment.  You will also take part in our special session where we discuss the state of the profession and how interpretation may evolve over time.



- What's the idea behind WISE?

The seminar operates on a mutually beneficial basis, relying upon the goodwill of those taking part. This means that as a participant, you will interpret the speeches of other colleagues while also receiving feedback from them. In return, you will give constructive feedback and helpful advice to others, as well as speeches in your native language.


- How much will it cost?

WISE is based on the goodwill of the interpreters taking part, meaning that nobody will be paid to give speeches or feedback. A fee of 200 euros covers administrative and other costs.

- What about accommodation, food and travel?

Participants arrange their own stay, including accommodation, meals and travel.

- What is an average day on the WISE practice seminar like?

Sessions are planned based on the number of participants, their languages and the rooms available. Participants take turns giving speeches, feedback and interpreting in both consecutive and simultaneous. A day at WISE sessions can be quite intense but we also have social and cultural events in the evenings: a good chance to get to know your fellow participants.

A typical WISE timetable
- Will WISE help me prepare for accreditation tests at institutions like the EU and the UN?


WISE sessions broadly mimic a lesson format and style common to many MA courses. Naturally, this will mean that the content and focus of the sessions will be well-suited to preparing oneself for an institutional test. Nevertheless, given that the content of the sessions is mainly to be determined by the participants themselves, the interpreters taking part will be able to tailor the seminar to the overall needs of the group. Specific sessions on certain topics or for certain institutional tests may be organised depending on demand and on the will of the majority of participants.



- How will WISE be useful to me if I plan to work solely on the private market?

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people standingThe skills developed at WISE are equally applicable to interpreting both at large institutions and on the private market, with each participant prioritising their own professional needs. For those who intend to work solely on the private market, WISE may represent a good opportunity to work on one's retour or B language, a prized asset in non-institutional settings. 

For interpreters aiming to work on an English retour, both WISE Valencia and WISE Brussels include retour sessions where interpreters receive feedback from a number of English native interpreters, an option which could be particularly appealing.



- How will WISE help me to progress in my career?


WISE is for working professionals who may not have received direct and honest feedback since studying interpreting at university. WISE vaguely models its session format on what might be found on an MA course, it is not a recognised qualification in any way and has no official links with the EMCI, EU or other institutions. Sessions will be led to a large degree by WISE participants themselves, meaning that the organisers can make no explicit claims about the quality of teaching. Participants should see WISE as an opportunity to practice, not as a qualification. 




For more information: wise.interpreting@gmail.com






Sunday, 28 April 2019


🚨 Last day to apply for WISE 2019!!

📬 Registration closes tomorrow night (29/04). Form: goo.gl/fRDSqU

We’ll then start the selection process and get back to 👉all👈 applicants in the next couple of weeks.

Summer has come!

Monday, 15 April 2019

Only two weeks left to apply for WISE 2019!


Only 2 weeks left to apply for the WISE Interpreting Workshops 2019! 📬 Places are limited! If you would like to participate, please fill out the following form by Monday 29/04: goo.gl/fRDSqU • WISE Valencia I: 8-12 July • WISE Valencia II: 15-19 July • WISE Brussels: 26-30 August hashtag1nt hashtagCPD hashtagWISEValencia hashtagWISEBrussels hashtagIntensivePractice

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Final dates (and application form) for WISE 2019




Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you the final dates for WISE 2019!

WISE Valencia I: 8 - 12 July
WISE Valencia II: 15 - 19 July
WISE Brussels: 26 - 30 August

Places are limited. Application closes on Monday 29 April.

All the info + application form: https://goo.gl/fRDSqU

See you soon at WISE!