AIIC Brazil Upgrade Course : Portuguese C HiiT

16 Jan 17 — 20 Jan 17

09:00 — 18:00

Curitiba, Brazil

AIIC Courses


Quality Hotel Curitiba

Alameda Dom Pedro II
740 – Batel


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Come HiiT your PT C target at the fourth edition of the very successful High Intensity Interpreter Training.

Once again, enthusiastic novice Portuguese A interpreters will be one of the highlights of the course participating as observers and giving feedback.

You can also choose to have optional private or small-group Portuguese lessons with experienced Portuguese as a Foreign Language teachers.

Target audience

Interpreters with Portuguese C or planning to add Portuguese to their language combination. English, Spanish, French and Italian As and Bs are welcome. Other languages may be accommodated upon request, ideally with at least two students with the same combination in the group.

Content of the workshop

  • Simultaneous and consecutive practice with live and recorded speeches on either general or technical topics.
  • Continuous assistance and feedback from trainers and novice Portuguese A interpreters
  • Remote feedback by guest interpreter trainers from renowned interpreting programs in Brazil
  • Cultural activities including a city tour, museum visit and a samba and forro dance class.
  • Optional, for an additional fee, private or small-group Portuguese language sessions given by Portuguese as a Foreign Language teachers.

Maximize your exposure to Portuguese while in Curitiba

Up to 10 participants of the Portuguese C HiiT may join our Portuguese A HiiT on a first-come, first-served basis. The dates of the Portuguese A HiiTs you can choose from and be an observer are 9 to 13 January and/or 23 to 27 January 2017.

As you participate as an observer, novice PT A interpreters will gladly interact with you in Portuguese, help you with language issues and teach you more about the local culture. You will also have the opportunity to listen to presentations in Portuguese as the novices practice in the booth.

The cost is only EUR 100 per week and you will be asked to make a speech in your A or B language for the students to practice. Once you enroll for the Portuguese C Hiit, you will receive an email with the links to register to be an observer.

Tourism opportunities

As all work and no play make Jack a dull boy, it is worth mentioning that Curitiba is just a short flight away from the world-famous Iguassu Falls, a perfect weekend trip. Another tourism opportunity is Ilha do Mel, a picturesque coastal island, or a few days in Rio which, unlike Curitiba, is too big and expensive for a course but the dream stopover just before or after the HiiT.


Raquel Schaitza (PT A; EN B) has been a freelancer in the private market for over 25 years. Raquel completed the Master of Advanced Studies in Interpreter Training at the University of Geneva and offers a regular short-term interpreter training program in Curitiba. She was also a simultaneous interpreting trainer at Estacio de Sa University in Sao Paulo, Brazil and a Teaching Fellow in Interpreting at the University of Leeds.

Richard Laver (PT and EN A; ES C) has been a member of AIIC since 2002.  Richard is a freelance interpreter based in Rio with almost 20 years of experience. He is the current AIIC Advisory Member for Brazil and has been involved with novice interpreters via VEGA activities.

Together, Raquel Schaitza and Richard Laver have been offering the HiiT for both PT A and PT C interpreters based in Brazil or abroad since its first edition in 2014.


The preferred number of participants is between 12 (minimum) and 16 (maximum). 

To register, please click here


Early bird (until October 11th)

  • AIIC members: EUR 780
  • Non-AIIC Members: EUR 880

After October 11th 

  • AIIC members: EUR 850
  • Non-AIIC Members: EUR 950

This course is confirmed.

All AIIC courses are non-profit.

  • Courses will be confirmed when registration fees cover the costs of the course or cancelled at the latest 6 weeks before the date of the course.
  • Participants withdrawing before confirmation of the course will be refunded.
  • If the course is cancelled all participants will be refunded.
  • If a participant cancels after the course has been confirmed AIIC can only refund the course fee if costs are still covered.

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