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Trip Start Aug 17, 2007
Trip End Sep 22, 2007

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Talk about last minute! But the truth of the matter is I went to Monterey Institute of International Studies (hereinafter MIIS) and kept up with my French because I wanted to work and travel in Africa. So I'm excited to have this job so early in my career and the opportunity to do exactly what I'm trained for more or less right out of school. I thought I'd use this first quick entry to explain what exactly it is I've done and do for those of you who are less familiar with the mysterious world of T&I (translation and interpretation).

90% of the time I do translations from the comfort of my own home or the nearest coffee shop. I receive files over the internet from translation agencies, companies and individuals around the world. I currently work for more than 10 agencies from time to time, mainly out of France and the US, and am the translator for the International Justice Tribune and part of a team of translators for the weekly online real estate newsletter Business Immo. I receive the files in French and send them back in English so that, as much as possible, they can be set side-by-side and look and read the same. I've already helped translate one book for IJT and we're about to start on our second! This will only be my third job actually interpreting, but since I like both aspects of T&I, I'm happy with whatever I get!

I don't really know much about this job, but I know a bit about Senegal and hope to learn much more. That's what I'm hoping to share with you through this! I'll send pictures when I can and random stories about people we bump into. You can always contact me through this blog or by e-mail or Skype.

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