Interpreting the needs of others

Kevin Rogers is a Community Based Interpreter (CBI) with the Aboriginal Interpreting Service in Katherine.

Kevin has previously worked as a casual interpreter, including working with the Kimberley Interpreting Service in Broome, Western Australia.

“It’s a good job working as a CBI. It’s given me a lot of confidence, and it’s rewarding for an old bloke like me. I don’t think I’m going to find another good job like this”, Kevin said.

Kevin interprets in Kriol for a wide range of clients either in person, over the phone, or online. His clients include people communicating with hospitals, the courts and Centrelink, among others. His job also involves travelling to off-site locations and filling in for other interpreters when they are away.

Kevin offers the following advice to anyone thinking of interpreting with AIS “Always be on time, talk clearly, and turn off your phone during jobs”.

Kevin’s job is not without challenges; each client is different and each job brings its own issues and complexities to overcome.

While the job can be challenging, “seeing people with a big smile on their face, saying ‘thank you’ makes it all worthwhile”, says Kevin.

Kevin at work in the Katherine office
Kevin at work in the Katherine office.