Use your technical skills to facilitate and assist in the translation task.
Changes in technology have led to changes in translation work over the past few decades, opening up new opportunities and allowing remote communities to have more immediate contact with the rest of the world. The vast majority of the work done relies on technology, especially computers and programs, and team members can be kept up to date on progress from afar through connecting via the internet. Communications technicians maintain and repair, and in some cases even install, telephone lines, key to keeping members and visitors in touch with each other and with the rest of the world.
No matter where you are, IT is important:
An IT specialist in Africa was attending a meeting of mother-tongue translators who had come from working in an area wracked by war. During their time together, he asked them to list the most difficult challenges they faced. The men compiled a long list of the difficulties and obstacles they faced doing translation work in a war zone. Then, each African translator was asked to vote for his top seven obstacles. When the votes were tallied, the civil war came near the top of the list – but it was second. The number one hindrance on their joint list was the lack of computer support!
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