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Eugene translation service targets international visitors

A photo of Hayward Field.
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Hayward Field, where the World Athletics Championships are to be held. Thousands are expected to travel to Eugene for the event.

As the World Athletics Championships approach, a new interpretation service is targeting international visitors.

The Global Seal Experience seeks to connect its users with volunteer interpreters and multilingual businesses in Eugene. It will include an app with chat functionality and in-person support at key locations.

Amira Fahoum is the Director of Marketing for Avant Assessment, which partnered with the Global Seal of Biliteracy for this project.

“Language is such a connector between people. And so what better way to connect with these international visitors than through language?”

Organizers have already recruited over 200 volunteers, but there are gaps in African, Indian and East Asian languages. Applicants can take an online assessment for certification.

Fahoum said that by providing strong resources for visitors, Eugene can ensure that international events and their economic benefits return.

The Global Seal Experience is aiming for a July 12 launch.

Nathan Wilk joined the KLCC News Team in 2022. He is a graduate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Born in Portland, Wilk began working in radio at a young age, serving as a DJ and public affairs host across Oregon.