Intercultural Effectiveness for Canadian Missions

Background

When requested, the Centre for Intercultural Learning designs and implements custom workshops to strengthen intercultural effectiveness and teamwork within Canadian missions. A Centre for Intercultural Learning specialist will design an intervention to address the intercultural issues and needs which are identified in collaboration with the mission.

Goals

This course is designed to help you, Canada-Based Staff (CBS) and Locally-Engaged Staff (LES) working in Canadian missions, to increase your individual and organizational intercultural effectiveness.

To achieve this, you will increase your knowledge and/or skills in the following areas of intercultural competence:

  • Understanding of the concept of culture
  • Understanding of how one's culture influences one's own values, beliefs and actions
  • Mission culture
  • Intercultural team-building in a mission context

Who is this for?

Canada-based and locally-engaged staff in Canadian missions overseas.

When and where?

For specific inquiries about this course, including scheduling and registration information, please contact: cultures@international.gc.ca

Additional Information

Telephone:
819-997-1197
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
Web site:
www.intercultures.gc.ca

Participant comments

“A workshop that would have been extremely useful to have attended before becoming a manager.”
“As a fairly recent arrival to the CHC, I found the course highly relevant to the work that I will be doing. I thought it was extremely effective to mix Kenyan CBC and LES staff in the same learning environment. I also liked you drawing from the two cultures to help participants understand more of each other.”
“It was great having all the different departments in one class. Very interesting and interactive program.”
“The course was informative and it taught me to avoid assumptions. There are deeper issues that make people the way they are. Stop and think and reflect on why the other person is behaving the way they do.”
“The course helped me to see the differences between the two cultures, but also the similarities; how to fill the gaps or how to simply accept the differences and use them as assets.”

Participants in a series of Intercultural Effectiveness Workshops in Canada’s High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya 2006.