When Maria was 14, she decided she wanted to be a translator. At 17, she discovered conference interpreting. She focused on that and got a bachelor’s degree in Translation in Barcelona (where she's from), with minors in different languages and conference interpreting. Then, she moved to Edinburgh to get her Master’s in Translation and Conference interpreting.
When she graduated, she moved back to Spain and she started freelancing while working as an English teacher. She was also volunteering her time to translate for causes that resonated with her. That’s how after volunteering for 1,5 years, Maria ended up applying for a part-time role as a Translation Coordinator at Mongabay, an environmental journalism not-for-profit. One year later, she was offered a full-time job. For some time, she did that while she was still freelancing, but she ended up telling her clients she wanted to focus on developing her career in different directions.
At Mongabay, she's gone from Translation Coordinator to Manager of the entire program. The last 4 years she's also been the coordinator of Mongabay’s internship program for new journalists, which allows her to be in touch with their interns and serve as a guide for them. She's also part of Mongabay’s marketing team and participates in their social media strategy. On top of that, Maria has a few side hustles. She's a beginner illustrator and contributes to Mongabay Kids with her art.
The last three years she's also organized campaigns to sell some of her work at the end of the year. In addition, she's working with her partner as an event manager and diversity advisor in his project to develop a series of events around financial technology.
Maria is also an amateur dancer. She takes art and dance classes; speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian, as well as some German and Polish and loves learning and reading about feminism and environmentalism, and she also likes yoga, knitting and cooking! At this point in her career and with 10 years of experience, She's looking for a way to combine all of her experiences in to a more managerial role within her current company or outside while helping younger women to find their way, particularly if they don’t want to be just one thing.
Maria Angeles Salazar
Program and Translation Specialist