Fieldwork Experience as Cultural Immersion: Two International Students and Their Professor Reflect on a Recent Evaluation Practicum

  • Grettel Mariana Arias Orozco University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Onyinyechukwu Onwuka du Bruyn
  • Jill Anne Chouinard
Keywords: International Students, Evaluation Practicum, cultural immersion, reflective journal, teaching evaluation


In this Practice Note, two international students (one from Latin America and the other from West Africa), reflect on their first evaluation experience gained through an evaluation practicum course. The paper includes a reflection on four main cultural challenges faced by these international students related to immersion in the culture and program context, interpersonal and communication skills, learning the language of evaluation and telling the story. The course professor, responsible for selecting projects and providing guidance to students throughout the semester, provides further reflections about the students’ perspectives and the challenges of teaching evaluation to international students.

Special Issue - Teaching Evaluation