Virginia Valencia is a Federally Certified Court Interpreter currently working as a freelance interpreter and trainer in Central California.
Virginia Valencia is first and foremost a teacher. When she was only 15 years old, she began helping children do their homework after school and absolutely fell in love with teaching. She has not stopped teaching ever since.
In 2000, she became a professional teacher at the Berlitz Language School (Cali, Colombia), where she discovered the educational power of games and the effectiveness of reward-based instruction.
Virginia is also a professional psychologist (Universidad del Valle, Cali Colombia, 2001). Drawing from her background in psychology, her classes are delivered through student participation, dynamic games, and time-limited drills.
In 2003, Virginia became a certified interpreter. She now has over 14 years’ professional experience in the fields of medical, legal, and conference interpretation. She holds a Medical Interpreter Certificate (Bridging the Gap, NY, 2004) and a Combined Certificate in Translation and Interpretation Studies (Hunter College, NY, 2004). She is also certified/approved by the U.S. Courts (Federal Certification, 2008), and by the Superior Courts of NJ (2005), NY (2006), and CA (2012).
In 2007, Virginia founded her own educational company, Interpretrain (www.interpretrain.com), which offers game-driven workshops and user-friendly multi-media study tools for interpreters of all levels and all languages.
Her manuals, videos, flashcards, and audio materials help interpreters: A) master consecutive interpretation, B) acquire new vocabulary, and C) learn the ethical principles and the proper protocol to behave professionally in court.
She currently lives in California, where she works as a freelance interpreter, designs educational materials, and offers online and live trainings for aspiring and professional interpreters.