Enrollment for the 2019 session is now open!
The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala is now recruiting anthropology, occupational therapy, global health, and students in related disciplines for its four-week summer session: June 17 – July 12, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through February 1, 2019.
The field school offers transdisciplinary learning to promote leadership in social justice through collaboration with Guatemala-based NGO and other community partners. Graduate students and upper division undergraduate majors in anthropology, occupational therapy, public health or related disciplines are encouraged to apply at the NAPA-OT Field School website by February 1, 2019. Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
About The Program
The field school is a project of the NAPA-OT SIG (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology – Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group) of the American Anthropological Association. Faculty include anthropologists, public health practitioners, and occupational therapists with credentials and interests in health care access and human rights, child development, and global health.
The objectives of the program are:
- To explore efforts to achieve social and occupational justice in Guatemala, a country with a history of ethnic and class violence
- To question the role of global health and development programs in creating lasting change in support of health as a human right
- To explore the concept of “occupational justice” as an emerging practice area in occupational therapy, global health, and applied anthropology, focusing on occupational capacity
- To examine health disparities in Guatemala through applied medical anthropology theory and human rights discourse
- To understand the determinants of health and basic epidemiology in Guatemala
- To provide a transdisciplinary fieldwork opportunity to students of occupational therapy, anthropology, and related subjects
- To promote social justice through partnerships in and around Antigua, Guatemala, with NGOs, community groups, health care workers, and other social change agents
Applicants students will have the opportunity to work in one of three project groups:
- PEDIATRIC NUTRITION: SOCIAL AND OCCUPATIONAL OUTCOMES OF
- HEALTH PROVIDER PERSPECTIVES: INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF THE PUBLIC, PRIVATE, AND PHILANTHROPIC SECTORS WITHIN THE GUATEMALAN HEALTH SYSTEM
- SURGICAL MISSIONS: CRITICAL HUMANITARIANISM
Students also will study Spanish a minimum of 9 hours per week, working one-on-one with certified language instructors at their own level and pace.