FW: Ethnographic field school in Costa Rica
- Ann Popplestone
From: Tim Wallace [SMTP:tmwallace@...]
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2000 8:23 PM
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.
The cost of the six week program is $2480. The fee covers all living
*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 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
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.
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.
Box 8107, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8107
919-515-9025; fax: 919-515-2610