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Text Box: Paulina Flasch at recess with children in a school with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation in the La Carpio settlement of Nicaraguan immigrants to Costa Rica

Paulina Flasch at recess with children in a school with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation in the La Carpio settlement of Nicaraguan immigrants to Costa Rica

Dr. Keith Mobley, Clinical Associate Professor and Clinic Director of the Counseling Department at UNCG, took his first group of graduate and doctoral students to Costa Rica in May 2011 for his course, Global Perspectives in Counseling in Costa Rica.
Dr. Mobley worked with an organization called Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF) to place students with families and arrange humanitarian work in local communities (http://www.crhf.org).  The purpose of the program was to give UNCG students a cross-cultural experience, which would enable them to explore their own values and perspectives on culture as they prepare to become professional counselors.

“The program was very rewarding and important,” Dr. Mobley explains.  “We did service learning with the community which exposed students to a lot of the community that they wouldn’t otherwise have seen.” 
On September 27, 2011, students who participated in the Costa Rica trip shared their impressions as part of a dedication celebration for the newly completed School of Education Building.  Paulina Flasch (pictured above) spoke of how she enjoyed being immersed in the culture and living with her Costa Rican host family.  “Even though there were language struggles, there was an understanding of just being together,” Flasch recalled.  Other students shared similar sentiments as they described the powerful impact the trip had on each of them. 

Text Box: Group processing sugar cane with Juan Sanchez, indigenous shaman for the Huerta tribe. Sugar cane juice was often fermented and used in ceremonies for the tribe.

Group processing sugar cane with Juan Sanchez, indigenous shaman for the Huerta tribe. Sugar cane juice was often fermented and used in ceremonies for the tribe.




Dr. Mobley plans to take another group of counseling students to Costa Rica in May 2012.

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- Vol 11, ed 1: September 2011

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