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  • Popplestone, Ann
    Ann Popplestone CCC TLC 216-987-3584 ... From: Tim Wallace [SMTP:tmwallace@MINDSPRING.COM] Sent: Monday, January 17,
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      Ann Popplestone
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      -----Original Message-----
      From: Tim Wallace [SMTP:tmwallace@...]
      Sent: Monday, January 17, 2000 8:23 PM
      To: ANTHRO-L@...
      Subject: Ethnographic field school in Costa Rica

      There are still a few places open in the Summer 2000 NC State University
      Ethnographic field school in Costa Rica. I'd be grateful if you would again
      pass the word to students who might be interested in participating. Please
      excuse cross-postings. Thank you. Tim.

      NC State University
      Ethnographic Field School in Costa Rica, Summer 2000
      May 17 - June 27, 2000

      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 Costa Rican families. Costa Ricans are
      friendly and outgoing and they have the highest standard of living in Latin
      America. Tourism is having an impact on their way of life. In this fifth
      summer of research we will continue to study how and why Costa Rica is
      changing as it moves into the next millennium. The program is designed for
      10-12 graduate or undergraduate anthropology majors or minors or students in
      related fields wishing to learn ethnographic field methods.

      The Research Site

      Quepos (pop. 16,000) is a friendly, coastal town near the beautiful
      ecotourism destination of Manuel Antonio National Park with its spectacular
      beaches and tropical rainforest fauna, including three species of monkeys,
      an incredible diversity of birds such as toucans and macaws, sloths, coati
      and other exotic wildlife.

      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
      ANT 432 Anthropology of Tourism: Applied Field Methods. (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.


      Each student lives with a Costa Rican family. They receive room, board and
      laundry services. The families also help them learn Spanish and establish
      networks in the community. We have worked with these families for over three
      years and they are very familiar with the goals and needs of our students.


      The program also includes side excursions to other locales, including the
      beautiful and exotic cloud rainforest region of Monteverde, the national
      park near the active volcano of Arenal, and the luxurious resort of Tabacon
      hot springs. We will also tour the Central Valley cities of San Jos�,
      Cartago and Heredia.

      Program Costs

      The cost of the six week program is $2480. The fee covers all living
      expenses including:
      *room, board (three meals/day), laundry
      *in-country excursions
      *local transportation costs
      *national park entrance fees
      *program fees and instruction
      *tuition for six credits in anthropology
      *health insurance
      *research supplies.

      Not included: airfare, airport departure taxes.
      Airfare from Raleigh, N.C. to San Jos� is currently as low as $505.
      Students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop word processor to the
      field. Other than a valid passport no other documents are necessary to enter
      Costa Rica.

      For an application and further information contact Tim Wallace at
      919-781-8655 (h) or 919-515-9025 (o). Fax no:919-515-2610; E-mail:
      tim_wallace@... <mailto:tim_wallace@...> . When requesting an
      application, send a letter (or E-mail message) introducing yourself and
      your background. Include your full name, local address, permanent mailing
      address, telephone number, E-mail address, your major, year of graduation
      and degree. A formal application form and instructions will follow upon
      receipt of your letter. Additional information is available at the website:
      http://www4.ncsu.edu/~twallace <http://www4.ncsu.edu/~twallace> .
      Mail the letter to: Tim Wallace, NC State U.
      Summer Ethnographic Field School in Costa Rica, Department of Sociology &
      Anthropology, Box 8107, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695.

      Registration Fee

      A $125 registration fee, applicable to the total program cost, is
      required at the time of application. The registration fee will be refunded
      to students who are not accepted for the program. A rolling announcement of
      accepted applicants will begin on February 1, but applications will be
      accepted until the spaces are filled. Acceptance is more likely the earlier
      the application is received.

      Tim Wallace
      Box 8107, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
      North Carolina State University
      Raleigh, NC 27695-8107
      919-515-9025; fax: 919-515-2610
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