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I was wondering if there was demand for Spanish-English translators (note - not interpreter!) among the expat community on the Costa Brava? I'm in my late 20s, got an MA in Translation (Spanish and German) and a few years' TEFL experience and come January won't have any ties to the UK, so am weighing up my options.

I know the economy is extra tough over there and all, but do you think I could make a decent living, perhaps with doing a little English teaching on the side? I'd be going for the lifestyle more than to make big money, but obviously will need to pay the bills somehow! I don't have a huge amount of cash to tide me over the first few months, so would need to start earning pretty quickly. My written Spanish is fully fluent but my spoken Spanish probably only at the upper end of moderate these days.

Any advice on where might be best for me?
 

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I was wondering if there was demand for Spanish-English translators (note - not interpreter!) among the expat community on the Costa Brava? I'm in my late 20s, got an MA in Translation (Spanish and German) and a few years' TEFL experience and come January won't have any ties to the UK, so am weighing up my options.

I know the economy is extra tough over there and all, but do you think I could make a decent living, perhaps with doing a little English teaching on the side? I'd be going for the lifestyle more than to make big money, but obviously will need to pay the bills somehow! I don't have a huge amount of cash to tide me over the first few months, so would need to start earning pretty quickly. My written Spanish is fully fluent but my spoken Spanish probably only at the upper end of moderate these days.

Any advice on where might be best for me?

I work mainly teaching Spanish & English, & make a decent living. I also do written translation work. I admit I don't 'push' it that much, but I suspect that even if I did I wouldn't make much of a living from it

I do get a few 'big' jobs now & then - I have done work for a university, for instance.

In my area I'm competing with 'black' workers who aren't registered in any way, nor are they charging IVA. I get the 'legit' stuff, because I am registered - but a lot of the translation work here is for individuals who don't care about the legality of the worker, & neither do they want to bother about IVA, so I lose out to them

some will charge silly amounts too - like 3€ a page......


if I had the time, I could get a LOT of interpreting work - doctors, hospitals, any govt office. Some of the interpreters around here charge a FORTUNE an hour - most of which is often just sitting around waiting.
 

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I was wondering if there was demand for Spanish-English translators (note - not interpreter!) among the expat community on the Costa Brava? I'm in my late 20s, got an MA in Translation (Spanish and German) and a few years' TEFL experience and come January won't have any ties to the UK, so am weighing up my options.

I know the economy is extra tough over there and all, but do you think I could make a decent living, perhaps with doing a little English teaching on the side? I'd be going for the lifestyle more than to make big money, but obviously will need to pay the bills somehow! I don't have a huge amount of cash to tide me over the first few months, so would need to start earning pretty quickly. My written Spanish is fully fluent but my spoken Spanish probably only at the upper end of moderate these days.

Any advice on where might be best for me?
To get work try contacting agencies now offering to do a test piece of work. You don't need to be physically present to do most translation work so you could start now. Try contacting agencies in other parts of Spain too. You could also try speaking to multinational companies to see if they need in house translators, although are usually specialised in finance or engineering or...
I don't find translating well paid at all and and just use it for a little extra money now and again. Here I have friends who do a lot of translating and the going rate seems to be 0.06 a word for university papers, film scripts and long projects . I charge 0.08 and only do short, one off letters, house descriptions or whatever.
 
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