Field schools are a classic means for students of anthropology to gain valuable experience in the field. Be sure to look into these programs well in advance of when you plan to participate, as registration deadlines are usually many months prior to program start dates.
NAPA-OT Field School Guatemala
Most summers, the NAPA-OT Field School based in Antigua, Guatemala nurtures leaders in medical and applied anthropology and occupational therapy to promote social justice. Small groups of students work intensively in clinical and community settings gaining skill in research, observation, communication, and transdisciplinary collaboration. Within small groups integrating students from occupational therapy and anthropology backgrounds, participants have the opportunity to spend focused research time with faculty in water sustainability, pediatric practice, and short-term medical missions.
Seminars emphasize critical theories in applied medical anthropology, approaches to social and occupational justice, and human rights. Students also study Spanish one-on-one with individual instructors at their own level and pace. Living in a home stay increases language fluency and understanding of Guatemalan culture.
The deadline for registration is typically early in the year prior to the summer program. Visit the NAPA-OT Field School website for more details.
If the NAPA field school is not a good match for you, check out other opportunities on the AAA website.
Listings of Cultural/Ethnographic Field Schools
Notre Dame: http://anthropology.nd.edu/undergraduate-program/research-and-internships/field-research/cultural/
Colby College: http://www.colby.edu/anthro/studentopportunities/field-schools/
Listings of Archaeology/Paleontology Field Schools
Archaeological Institute of America: https://www.archaeological.org/fieldwork/afob
R. Joe’s Shovelbums: www.shovelbums.org/
ShovelBum Index: http://shovelbums.net/index.php/view-field-schools
Listings of Physical Anthropology Field Schools
Smithsonian Institution: http://humanorigins.si.edu/education/students (scroll down page for links)
Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology: http://www.capa-acap.net/resources/career-development/field-schools-research-opportunities
Individual Field Schools
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