Pre-Departure for Youth


After over 40 years of training and research experience in intercultural effectiveness, the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) has further deepened its understanding of the principles of building effective intercultural collaborations. CIL's Profile of the Interculturally Effective Person (IEP) describes actual behaviours linked to nine competencies and is the foundation for the pre-departure course.

The Millennials (born after 1980) have their own vision of international issues and the role they hope to play in them. The process of globalization has broadened their understanding of what constitutes culture. It also highlights the responsibility that all humans share to establish a fair and just society. The Pre-departure course for youth accounts for these trends and the learning styles of the Millennials.


This course is grounded in principles of adult learning. Experiential learning activities will encourage participants to draw on their own experience, frame it in a new way, add layers of knowledge, and apply that learning in their upcoming experience overseas.

This course focuses on the deepening of self-knowledge through an exploration of one's own identity and cultural lens. It equips participants with a variety of practical intercultural effectiveness tools that will help them face ambiguous intercultural situations and create an open space for intercultural dialogue during their internship. The course allows participants to reflect on their contribution to development in this environment that is much more complex and multifaceted that it was just a few years ago.


This course is designed to increase the intercultural effectiveness of the participants preparing to live and work in a different cultural context. In order to achieve this, participants will:

  • describe the influence of culture on human behaviour (including our own);
  • decode and bridge complex intercultural situations;
  • recognize the filters and communication styles that interfere in communication across cultures;
  • plan strategies for adjusting rapidly;
  • develop an understanding of some of the key issues influencing effective collaboration.

Who should attend

Youth participating in international programs or exchanges in the context of international cooperation.

Availability and duration

The course is offered in several cities across Canada. The main cities are: Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa/Gatineau, Montreal and Halifax. The participants' geographic distribution will determine where the course will be held.

Course cost

Are you working on a project sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)?

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

« The content was very concrete and useful for my internship. I am even more excited to go now. »

« Objective achieved! The course material was clear, and very relevant. »

« The varied activities allowed me to consider my internship from a different point of view. It was a very enriching experience. »

« Thanks to this training, I feel more informed and prepared for my internship. Very fun and interesting. 10/10!