Research and over 40 years of experience in intercultural effectiveness training have confirmed the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL)'s belief that the challenges upon return are as great as those that occur during an international assignment. It is essential that returning individuals have an opportunity to assess the value of their experience on the personal, domestic and professional levels. They should also have an opportunity to share strategies with their peers on how to effect a smooth re-entry into society.


This course is based on the principles of adult learning. Experiential learning activities encourage participants to draw on their own experience, adapt it, add layers of knowledge, and apply that learning in their next assignment.


The debriefing component allows participants to:

  • name the skills, knowledge and new attitudes (SKAs) developed during the experience and describe how these may be meaningfully applied;
  • capture lessons learned during the assignment;
  • discuss on international development and professional know-how, and identify communities of practice to share that knowledge.

If requested, this course may include a module to help organizations to learn lessons from returning personnel to increase future program or project effectiveness and to improve their operational framework.

The re-entry component allows participants to:

  • to identify strategies to manage the impact of re-entry;
  • to explore options and tools to achieve personal and professional priorities;
  • to bring closure to the international experience.

Target audience

All professionals, volunteers, interns and youth returning from short- and long-term international missions or assignments.

Course availability and duration

Debriefing and Re-entry courses are available on a regular basis in a number of cities across Canada, depending on participants' geographic distribution. The main cities are: Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa/Gatineau, Montreal and Halifax.

This table indicates the start dates, end dates, durations and deadline for registration of the debriefing courses.
Start DateEnd DateDuration of the coursesDeadline for registration
2014-01-112014-01-122 days2013-12-03
2014-02-182014-02-192 days2014-01-10
2014-03-082014-03-092 days2014-01-29
2014-05-102014-05-112 days2014-04-01
2014-08-122014-08-132 days2014-07-04
2014-11-152014-11-162 days2014-10-06

The debriefing and re-entry course is also given on demand for organizations that want it for their participants. The content, duration and location of the course must be specified.

How can I register?

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Additional information

For more information, please communicate with the Centre at:

Telephone: 343-203-8400

Toll free (in Canada): 1-800-852-9211

Facsimile: 819-997-5409

Facsimile toll-free (in Canada): 1-877-723-1604


Participant comments

“After three months of being back in the country I was starting to feel jaded, but this course made me realize this is all normal and it was excellent to talk to others in the same position as me. I feel a lot more motivated now and I feel this kind of debriefing is extremely important. Thanks.”

“Very useful, it got people together to discuss the range of emotions they experienced both leaving host countries and arrival at home. It made them realize that these emotions are normal and that support is available. The techniques in planning my professional future were also helpful.”

“I really enjoyed this experience and feel it was an invaluable process to my re-entry experience back to Canada.”

“Great forum to share and a springboard for further action.”

“Excellent workshop and facilitator. Really helped me analyse and understand my experience and uncovered skills I acquired and learning that took place.”