Why are 2 interpreters needed?

Following industry standards, to protect the occupational health of our interpreters and to assure the highest quality communication, assignments exceeding 1 hour may require a team of two or more interpreters. Interpreting is a very taxing process, both physically and mentally. An interpreter’s ability to effectively process the message and interpret it accurately diminishes significantly after approximately 20 minutes of interpreting.

Determining if 2 interpreters are needed is based on varying factors, such as the type of assignment(education, medical etc..) # of participants and their role and the type of interaction/format (lecture, discussion, presentation etc..) and more. Our scheduling team will assist in evaluating the nature of the request and make the recommendation to have a successful interaction for all the parties involved.