FW: [ANTHRO-L] Ethnographic field school in Guatemala, Summer 200 2
- -----Original Message-----Still have room for two more students for this summer. If interested, please contact me directly, as time is getting short. Tim.
From: Tim Wallace [mailto:tmwallace@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 10:12 PM
Subject: [ANTHRO-L] Ethnographic field school in Guatemala, Summer 2002
NC State University announces the Ninth Annual
Ethnographic Field School, Summer 2002
Lake Atitláán, Guatemala
May 23 - July 6, 2001
Anthropology of Sustainable Tourism
Objectives: Students learn how to do ethnographic fieldwork, design a research project, carry out independent research and study the effects of tourism and change on the local environment and communities. During the six-week program students live with Guatemalan families in the Lake Atitláán area of the Western Highlands. Guatemalans are friendly and outgoing with an ancient and rich cultural heritage. Tourism is having an impact on their way of life. In this first summer of research in Guatemala we will focus on the impacts of tourism on the cultural, social and physical environment in the communities around Lake Atitláán, and Panajachel in particular, as they adapt to the continuing presence of more and more tourists and foreign residents. The program is designed for 15-16 graduate and/or undergraduate anthropology majors or minors or students in related fields wishing to learn ethnographic field methods. Approximately half the participants will be Guatemalan undergraduate anthropology students. This year the program is also affiliated with the Universidad del Valle-Guatemala City.
The Research Site
Lake Atitlan is one of the most majestic and scenic spots in all of Latin America. Ringed by dormant volcanoes and about a mile in elevation, Lake Atitlan was formed out of an ancient volcanic basin. Dotting the shores of the Lake are about a dozen small villages inhabited by the contemporary descendants of the ancient Maya. Panajachel (pop. 5000) is the largest town and will be the headquarters for the program. The view of the lake from Panajachel is magnificent, and its attractive sunsets and views daily lure many tourists, which in turn has transformed the town into a tourist mecca with small hotels, delightful restaurants and plentiful souvenir stores. Yet, the town and the other communities in the region have retained much of their traditional Mayan heritage, which is what we want to understand in our research, namely, how tourism is affecting traditional culture as well as the lake ecology. Each student is free to choose any topic for his or her independent ethnographic research project, but tourism inevitably will play at least some minor in nearly all potential topics. Guatemala has the second largest indigenous population in Mexico and Central America. There are approximately 23 different languages spoken here, most of them Mayan. Despite conquests and civil wars, the Mayan have survived for nearly two millennia. Lake Atitlan is one of the best places in the country to learn about this amazingly durable and vibrant culture.
Six Course Credits (graduate or undergraduate):
Prerequisites are two courses in anthropology, one of which must be in Cultural Anthropology. No previous experience in ethnographic fieldwork required. Priority will be given to students who have completed at least two semesters of Spanish.
ANT 419 Ethnographic Field Methods. (3 cr.) This is a field methods course that emphasizes practical training in ethnographic fieldwork and ethics. Applied research methods such as rapid appraisal will also be demonstrated. Students learn research design, systematic observation, interviewing, fieldnote-taking, coding, ethics data analysis and report writing.
ANT 431 Tourism, Change and Anthropology (3 cr.) This course focuses on tourism and the role of culture as it affects the interactions between hosts and guests. Students learn through seminar discussions and field work the problems underlying the achievement of sustainable tourism and maintenance of cultural traditions. Note: English is the language of instruction, but both Spanish and English will be used in classroom discussions.
Students will be housed with a Guatemalan family in one of several communities around Lake Atitlan. Each student will receive room, breakfast, lunch and dinner and laundry services. Many of the families have worked with American students before as hosts for students in local Spanish language schools. Families also help them learn Spanish and establish networks in the community.
The cost of the six week program is $2500. The fee covers all living expenses including:
**room, board (three meals/day), laundry
**local transportation costs
**national park entrance fees
**program fees and instruction
**tuition for six credits in anthropology
Not included: airfare, airport departure taxes.
Airfare from most US 48 cities is approximately $575. Students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop word processor to the field. Other than a valid passport, US and Canadian citizens need no other documents to enter Guatemala for a stay of up to 90 days.
Applications may be downloaded from the field school website: . You may also request a copy of the application directly from: Ingrid Schmidt at 919-515-2987. All applications must be accompanied by a $150 registration fee, applicable to the total program cost. The registration fee will be refunded to students who are not accepted for the program. Mail the letter/application/deposit to: Ingrid Schmidt North Carolina State University, Summer Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala, Study Abroad Office, Box 7344, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7344. And, if possible, email a copy of the application to Tim_Wallace@.... The application can also be found by going to the website: .