Pre-Departure Course for International Aboriginal Youth Internships

Make the most of your international internship

Our participatory and highly experiential three-day pre-departure training course will help you prepare for tremendous opportunities and challenges involved in working effectively internationally. The course will help gain greater awareness of your own strengths and sources of resilience and give you tools to ensure that your international internship is successful for you, your community, your hosts, and the program’s partners.

Who is it for?

First Nations, Inuit or Métis youth participating in the International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative.

Where is the course offered?

In locations across Canada, as requested.

When is this course offered?

Courses are scheduled in conjunction with your sending organization.

Why do I need this course?

International work is becoming more and more complex. It requires resilience and the ability to collaborate effectively with others in solving problems and ensuring sustainability.

Even if you are experienced in living and working internationally, you will benefit by learning more about yourself, how to support your fellow interns and how to work more effectively with people from different cultures.

How is the course presented?

We use hands-on activities and include elders throughout the course to present principles of intercultural effectiveness within the context of indigenous perspectives on learning and working across cultures. The course also provides the opportunity for you to share your own and learn from each other’s cultural traditions as you begin the journey of defining a role for yourselves in your internship.

What will I learn?

You will have the opportunity to explore:

  • the relationships between culture, worldview, identity, community and learning
  • the filters and communication styles that interfere in communication across cultures
  • complex intercultural situations and means of decoding and bridging them

You will also have the chance to:

  • reflect upon your role in international development and key issues that affect intercultural collaboration
  • practice applying tools that will help you during your internship
  • identify and share with others sources of resilience and commitment

What our clients say

Wonderful training. I learned so much”

“I felt like I really gained a lot and the tools + info I learned are really going to help me be successful in (country of assignment). (The facilitator) was patient with us and made learning this info fun! Thank you”

“I learned a lot from this program and I totally recommend anyone to take it. I found the games very helpful and a different way to look at all current things. The overall course/program gave me a better understanding and a different point of view to look at different cultures.”

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

Email: cultures@international.gc.ca