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Debriefing Course

Debriefing is an opportunity for you to discuss your time overseas, as well as returning home, with people who have experienced something similar and to allow us here at Project Trust to listen to you and evaluate the programme.

It is also an opportunity for you to remain engaged with Project Trust as a Returned Volunteer. This can come in many forms; as a school talker, a Global Citizenship ambassador, as part of our Returned Volunteer Network where you can continue to meet like-minded people and potentially open up further study, volunteer and career opportunities in the future.

Next steps:

See below for information on key dates, travel arrangements and accommodation.

  • Key Dates
    Arrive Oban Travel to Coll Return to Oban
    Debriefing Course 1
    Honduras, Thailand, Japan Cambodia)
    Wednesday 30th Aug 2023 Friday 1st Sep 2023
    Debriefing Course 2
    (Ghana, Senegal, Malawi )
    Friday 1st Sep 2023 Sunday 3rd Sep 2023
  • Travel

    Travel to Oban

    Please make your own travel arrangements, ensuring that you arrive in Oban on the day specified in Key Dates, ready to take the ferry to the Isle of Coll early the following morning.

    • Please check the ScotRail website for up-to-date information on train times and any planned works.
    • Make sure that you leave yourself enough time to get connecting trains from Glasgow Queen Street Station.
    • CityLink buses are another option for getting to and from Oban.

    Ferry from Oban to Coll and back

    The ferry timetable can be found below.  The journey to the Isle of Coll takes around three hours. You must make sure you are at the booking office no later than 30 minutes before departure to collect your ferry ticket and fill in a boarding card. Project Trust will book and pay for your return ferry ticket in advance so you do not need to book anything just give your name and say you are with Project Trust when collecting your ticket. Please keep the return portion of your ticket safe.

    Project Trust will meet you on arrival at the Isle of Coll. Please have breakfast on the ferry as training sessions will begin as soon as you arrive at the Hebridean Centre.

    Ferry status updates and the full timetable can be found by following the links below. Please check the status before your arrival in Oban:

    Please note that, as a group, your enthusiasm may be a little overwhelming so please be considerate of other travellers on the early morning ferry.

  • Accommodation in Oban

    You are required to arrange accommodation in Oban for the night before the ferry. We suggest you do this as soon as possible as Oban gets very busy in the summer. For discounted accommodation try:

    Oban Youth Hostel Tel: 08701 553255

    Oban Tourist Board Tel: 01631 563122

    Do not forget to set your alarm for an early start!

  • On Coll

    You will be staying at the Hebridean Centre, Project Trust’s residential centre and headquarters on the Isle of Coll. Bedding and all meals will be provided.  Most training sessions will take place indoors, however, during your free time you may want to go for a walk (within the safety guidelines you will be briefed about on arrival). Please make us aware in advance of any specific dietary requirements.

    Essential items to bring:

    • A towel
    • Traditional / smart clothes from your country for the formal reception and ceilidh on the last evening
    • Notebook, pens and all literature you have received about the Debriefing Course
    • Wet weather clothing

    Optional items to bring:

    • Football boots or trainers
    • Musical instruments, games, etc for the evenings

    Refreshments and Project Trust branded clothing will be on sale, cash and cards are accepted.

    Project Trust has a no smoking policy.  Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all Project Trust buildings and vehicles.

It is essential that you attend your designated Debriefing Course in person.