Irma Victoria Cu-Castillo is the owner of Maya Translation Services. She was born and raised in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and immigrated with her family to the United States two decades ago. Irma has extensive training in radio and television broadcasting, and graduated with an Office Administration degree from the Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Comerciales (National School of Commercial Sciences, Guatemala). She also completed over two years of Law School at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.
Through a broadcasting career spanning four decades, Irma has worked for various radio stations hosting radio shows in Guatemala and the U.S., and doing voice overs for Telemundo Broadcast in California. Most recently she was producer and host of “Despierta Ya Campesino”, a daily United Farm Workers Union one-hour talk show where she had the opportunity to interview many personalities, such as farm workers, UFW board members, doctors, lawyers, and government officials.
In addition to working as a radio host/disc jockey, Irma has over 25 years of experience in office administration and printed mass media. She worked as an Administrative Secretary and Office Manager at the Centro Universitario de Occidente of the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, and for various newspapers and magazines in Bakersfield, California: El Popular, The Bakersfield Californian, El Californiano, Mas Magazine, and Tehachapi News. Positions she held during her printed mass media employment include translator, writer, journalist, Spanish copy editor, production manager, and graphic designer.
In 2013, Irma launched Maya Translation Services to fulfill the demand businesses and individuals have for high-quality and professional translation services. She takes pride in applying her knowledge of the Spanish-English language to produce and translate documents accurately with correct syntax and grammar. She is very excited to offer her high-quality professional translation services to the public and looks forward to meeting and exceeding her customers’ expectations.
“Irma Castillo is one of the best, if not, the best, translators in Bakersfield. I hired Irma to translate articles for El Californiano, a bilingual weekly newspaper publication with a circulation of 70,000. Her job was to handle multiple articles written in English and accurately translate them into Spanish following the Associated Press and our newspaper style. Often, she did this while under deadline. Her accuracy impressed me tremendously. In another project, Irma translated our "Latinoamerica" section, a bilingual section about Latin American history that was published in MAS Magazine, a Latino publication with a circulation of about 50,000 in Bakersfield. As part of that assignment, she was often responsible for gathering the content for that section, translating it in both English and Spanish and finding relevant photographs and captions to support that page. Irma also supported our Advertising Department by translating the copy of various ads so that they were presented in an accurate, professional and culturally sensitive manner for our readership. These are just small examples of the work she has done for me. I go on and on about the contributions of Irma. Bottom line: If you need translation services from someone who is efficient, reliable, a perfectionist, can handle the pressure of multiple deadlines and carries the right attitude and smile, then she is the one. There is no other person that meets her caliber, professionalism and work ethic. Hands down.”
Olivia Garcia - Editor
Bakersfield Life & BWell magazines
"Maya Translation Services has been an incredible help and service for Digitech. We need all of our documents, website pages, and advertising materials translated into Spanish. Maya Translations has faithfully taken the work we have given them and returned professional, neat, on-time and very conscientiously done results. They work with us to make sure they understand what we are looking for and then they go to work and give us great results. I would highly recommend Irma and Maya Translation Services to anyone looking for a great partner - one that delivers on-time and works with you like they are part of your team!"
Greg McFarlin - VP
Americas Digitech BiBiTel USA
“Without a doubt, I can honestly say, that the quality of interpretation and translation that Mrs. Castillo posses, is one of the best that I have been able to find in the area. Her knowledge of language, Spanish and English, and the addition of her years in this area will place her as one of the best translators and interpreters in Kern County. During my work experience with Mrs. Castillo, she always demonstrated to be reliable, punctual and a professional in all aspects of her work… She often translated press advisories and other documents for the UFW communication department and her performance was always exceptional. I highly recommend Mrs. Castillo for your translations needs. “
Maria Machuca - Director of Communications
United Farm Workers of America
"Mrs. Castillo is probably the best translation services I have encountered in this market. As a businessman and entrepreneur, I depend on her services because I deal with different professionals and her services are reliable and accurate. As an author, I have written books, in English and I will, most likely, be using her expertise to translate them into Spanish. I would, definitely, recommend her services to anyone"
Dr. Jose Reyes - DC Certified Chiropractic
Sports Practitioner Strength and Conditioning Specialist
“Ms. Castillo translated news articles, and press releases from English to Spanish for our weekly publications…She provides skilled translations that are tailored for several audiences, depending on the need of her clients… I highly recommend her services.”
George Camacho - Publisher/President
El Popular Spanish Newspaper
I worked with Mrs. Castillo for several years, during which time she was responsible for translating many documents, some involving dozens of pages, from English to Spanish. In every instance her work was thorough, professional and met every deadline that was requested of her. In my current position I continue to have documentation needs where the proper translation of information from English to Spanish is of the utmost importance, and there is no one I would rather trust for translations services than Mrs. Castillo. I wholeheartedly recommend Maya Translation Services for your English to Spanish translation needs
Vicky Thrasher - Executive Director
Critters Without Litters