Study abroad; Cultural immersion; Multicultural; Experiential learning
As one component of a doctoral level course, the importance of multicultural competencies has been emphasized particularly in the areas of counseling and counselor education (Boysen & Vogel, 2008; Diaz-Lazaro & Cohen, 2001; Dickson, Jepsen, & Barbee, 2008). Therefore, the perceptions and experiences of six doctoral counselor education students who traveled to Puebla, Mexico, are explored in this phenomenological research. As a result of their participation in a variety of assignments and cultural immersion activities, the following themes emerged: Respect for Hispanic traditions; revised professional perceptions; an awareness of services abroad; and the impact of experiential learning. In particular, the importance of experiential learning and multicultural competencies for counselors and counselor educators are discussed.