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Budget (10 November, 2004)
(Date: 20 November 2004)
The following is a provisional assessment. It may change in the coming weeks.
The Babels-Nomad budget was rediscussed in Porto Alegre during the different meetings in November. One of the drastic changes was that we reduced the number of rooms equipped for translation from 50 to 36. There would be 3 equipped rooms per Thematic Area (11 Areas in total = 3 x 11 rooms) and three equipped rooms in the Youth Camp (AIJ), for a total of 36 rooms.
We acknowledged the fact that there had been a fantastic mobilization of volunteer interpreters and translators in Latin America and Brazil for the WSF. But we also had to monitor the "quality" of these new volunteers.
It is useless to have thousands of volunteers if we cannot guarantee a good level of interpretation during the WSF. The quality of the interpretation determines the quality of the event itself. There are interesting discussions in the Babels Forum since July on this question: see discussions on ’quality’ (4000 viewers and 100 posts).
We will have "mixed booths": each booth will have one experienced interpreter, and one interpreter with less experience. Training sessions involving professional interpreters are organized every week in Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Rio da Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, to assess the level of the non-experienced volunteers. These training sessions are not "classes": interpreting is a profession involving many skills, and which require long and systematic years of training. These sessions are more like a familiarization process, and help the different coordinations to assess the abilities of the volunteers.
With this in mind, we re-evaluated the number of people coming from different locations in order to guarantee a good quality level of interpretation, while taking into account the actual level of mobilization at this stage of the process (mid-November).
Please read the intermediary reports (this budget is not a stand-alone document) to compare the October budget with this final budget:
The final budget below is the budget that was presented to the Brazilian Organizing Committee (BOC) and to the International Council, Program and Methodology Workgroups.
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