The Erasmus+ project ReTrans raises awareness for interpreting in humanitarian and transborder migration contexts and draws attention to challenges of language mediation in refugee transit zones by providing students and teachers of higher education interpreter institutions with sustainable digital training materials and easy-to-use educational tools.

In four work packages, project partners from five different countries located along European migration routes work closely together to address the needs of those working in transit zones and to make students and teachers in higher education contexts understand the challenges of not only mediating in such a context, but also of adequately managing language service provision for all actors involved. By giving voice to interpreters, institutional representatives and refugees, ReTrans seeks to foster exchange between actors in the field and higher education facilities.

The training resources developed within the project

    • are based on authentic experiences of individuals, interpreters, and institutional representatives in the field,
    • draw on innovative approaches in game-based learning and media education,
    • come in an easily accessible digital format and are readily available on this website as well as our community tool and
    • serve students, teachers/trainers and interpreters alike.

Based on a needs assessment in transit zones, followed up by interviews with institutions, interpreters and individuals, a series of vodcasts and podcasts, user training videos and game-based simulations is produced that builds on and complements existing resources leading to a diversification of openly accessible educational material in interpreter training. Learn more about our training materials.

Project Duration: 1.5.2022 – 30.4.2024

Project Lead: Centre for Translation Studies, University of Vienna
Project Partners: University of Maribor, Center for Applied Games Studies (University for Continuing Education Krems), Ionian University, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Meet the Team!

The project “ReTrans – Working with Interpreters in Refugee Transit Zones” is funded by the European Union (Project reference: 2021-2-AT01-KA220-HED-000048753)

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Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Sonja Pöllabauer
ReTrans Project Lead, University of Vienna