Buenos dias -- Spanish translators sought for Fairtrade visit


Fairtrade steering groups in Devon are seeking the voluntary services of Spanish-speaking translators to accompany their Peruvian guest producer around the county during this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.

Mr Oscar Ponce Salazar, a Fairtrade coffee producer, is Chairperson of the Co-operativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa Ltd at San Martin de Pangoa in the Central Amazonas Region of Peru.

Mr Salazar will be visiting Devon to take part in a host of activities to promote and celebrate Fairtrade during national Fairtrade Fortnight between Monday 25 February and Sunday 10 March.

His visit has been arranged by Devon Development Education (DDE), one of a network of Development Education Centres across the UK who help to promote global citizenship among children and young people by working with schools, colleges and the community.

Every Fairtrade Fortnight DDE invites a Fairtrade producer to come to Devon to visit towns, cities, schools and community groups.

DDE Co-ordinator Sue Errington said: "Mr Salazar does not speak any English so we are looking for anybody who may be able to volunteer their services to accompany him on some of the visits and translate from Spanish to English.

"Many of his visits will be as part of the DDE’s schools conferences, and the translators for these have been arranged.

"The programme of events he will be attending includes functions in Torbay, Exeter, Okehampton, Cullompton, Pilton (Barnstaple), Exmouth, Bovey Tracey, Totnes and Ilfracombe.

"It is always really exciting when we have a Fairtrade producer come to us for these two weeks. Children and adults meet a real person who is involved in growing and producing their favourite products, and find out, firsthand, something about the difference that Fairtrade makes to their lives.

"We have always been inspired and humbled by the stories our Fairtrade guests tell us. As a keen coffee drinker myself, I am looking forward to meeting My Salazar and hearing his story. I hope people will come along to events to meet him. The full programme is on our website at

The programme of events Mr Salazar will be taking part in includes visits to several schools and colleges in the area and he will be visiting Torbay on Monday 11 March, first at St Cuthbert Mayne School, Torquay, which will be taking part in the DDE’s schools conference event, and then at South Devon College, Paignton, where he will be guest speaker at the college’s own conference event. 

Kai Hunt, from South Devon College, said: "This is a fantastic enrichment opportunity for our learners and we look forward to welcoming Mr Salazar to our college."

The Torbay events have been organised by members of the Torbay Steering Group who have been working in Torbay to promote Fairtrade since 2006.

Torbay has held Fairtrade Borough status since 2007 and this year had that status re-awarded. This year the steering group will be launching celebrations at Paignton Zoo on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.

Torbay Council aims to raise awareness and support for Fairtrade in the Bay. Torbay councillor and steering group member Cindy Stocks said: "The steering group has had a very active 12 months promoting the value of Fairtrade to local people, and we are all looking forward to this year’s events after the launch at Paignton Zoo.

"I am sure that this year’s visitor will give us yet another outlook on the better quality of life offered to workers all over the world who participate in Fairtrade production."

Anyone who is interested in offering a translation service to Mr Salazar is asked to contact Sue Errington on 01392 438811 or email

To find out more about Fairtrade and Fairtrade Fortnight visit Information about Torbay Fairtrade Steering Group can be found at or by email at