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It's Official

December 1st, 2008 at 07:59 am

http://www.kiva.org contacted me to confirm I have been accepted as a member of their translating team. I applied a few months ago, had to submit my resume and take a translating test (I passed). So, it's official... I am now part of the Kiva translating team, and I will work about 3-5 hours a week on the batches they send me. This is very doable and I have the option to decline an assignment if I am unable to meet the deadline (e.g., due to travel).

Before retiring, I spoke Spanish daily... 75% of my students and their families were Spanish-speakers, so it was a necessity. I also frequently translated newsletters and notices that were sent home with my students. Now, I only occasionally speak Spanish. By translating I will continue to use my skills and perhaps even expand them. Use it or lose it. Plus, it's great to be able to do volunteer work without leaving home, especially for a cause I believe in. Volunteering for Kiva is one of my 2009 goals, so I'm off to a good start.

4 Responses to “It's Official”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I remember when my Dutch aunt went home after about twelve years in the US. She had forgotten her native language! Yeah, use it or lose it!

  2. momcents Says:

    Congratulations! What a great way to volunteer your time and talents! And for a very worth-while effort!

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, and that is a really cool thing for you to do.

  4. scfr Says:

    Congratulations! What a great way to put your talents to use!

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