We think that the best way to evaluate this experience is by asking our participants. Read the first week summary they wrote, if you haven’t done so. Here you can read what our scholars think about professional interpreting, and their life-changing experience. Get yourself surprised and learn from these outstanding students!
The interpreters are amazing and dynamic team. They share a bond that even long-time friends have difficulty keeping. [..] Not only did they show us new ways to interact with people but they have showed us that life should be lived to the fullest because not everyone has the pleasure of having the same experiences as we did. [..] This has definitely been a huge eye opener for me. I don’t think there is enough time to thank everyone who made this experience possible for us but we will see. So far this past week has had a huge impact in my life and I can’t wait to see what else is there to see and learn. – Andrea
The patients taught me that even though I sometimes think things are bad in my life, I shouldn’t really complain or moan and groan over it, because there are so many people out there who have it a lot worse. – Jennifer
“Shadowing interpreters has expanded my understanding of what healthcare means for immigrants. Before this experience, I had no idea that so many people were struggling to receive culturally-competent treatment. I have learned about the many roles that an interpreter has, and how each of them are portrayed during a visit. All the interpreters share the same passion of helping people. It was nice to see professionals who enjoy waking up every day to go to work.” – Andres
“Overall the first week of being in Johns Hopkins was a great week. I got to meet and see great stuff and people. I had a great experience with the interpreters that I might want to work at least a year or less working as an interpreter.” – Yohali
“I followed your steps because you showed me that an interpreter is the voice of an unknown language. At the end of the day, it may not seem much, but when that patient walks out of the room, they may have a lot to say about you.” – Areli
Interpreters are professionals who facilitate the communication between the health provider and the patient in a confidential way. According to the Patient Bill of Rights and Responsabilities: “You have the right to communication that you can understand [..] at no cost”. That includes interpretation in a foreign language and sign language.