UMW in Guyana | Ethnographic Field Methods in Guyana

AnthropologyUMW in Guyana

AboutSpend your summer in Guyana with Dr. Laura Mentore of the UMW Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Gain the unique experience of living in an indigenous community and rainforest environment while developing your qualitative research skills. Create an independent research project based on your interests and experiences in the field. This program requires a high level of activity, including significant walking, hiking, paddling, rugged terrain, and hot and humid conditions.
Program Dates
This six-week trip takes place during summer break every other year. 2014 dates are May 24th-July 5th.
Program Highlights
Experience six to nine nights in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital. Learn about coastal Guyanese society, begin preliminary fieldwork, and visit museums and historical sites. Spend four to five weeks in Surama village, where students will participate in daily life, conduct fieldwork, and eventually develop independent research projects. Engage in classes held every evening. River trips and excursions into the rainforest can be arranged with local guides, with the permission of the faculty director.
Accommodations in Georgetown at the beginning and end of the program will be in a guesthouse/hostel. While in Surama, students will be housed in cabins at the community-built Eco-Lodge at the edge of the forest. The Eco-Lodge has running water and a community-run kitchen where daily meals are prepared.

Students will earn 3 course credits for in anthropology. Coursework features:

  • The unique experience of living in an indigenous community and rainforest environment.
  • Development of qualitative research skills, namely participant observation;
  • Required readings prior to departure;
  • Attendance of lectures, group meetings, and organized tours while on site, as well as participating in daily fieldwork;
  • A writing intensive;
  • An independent research project based on your interests and experiences in the field;
  • Meet each evening to discuss the day’s events, read excerpts from your ethnographic journals, and receive feedback;
  • Development of a more applied understanding of anthropological theories, methods, and debates;

This course satisfies the Experiential Learning OR the Global Inquiry general education requirement by contract with the faculty director only.

This program is recommended for upper level students interested in social research methods. ANTH 350, Amazonian Societies, is a prerequisite to participation in the program. Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study. It is also open to non-UMW students. A brief written application and interview with the faculty director are required for acceptance into the program.

Health InformationInternational travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for Guyana for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations for UMW students by appointment, as well as travel health information. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

How to Pay
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This program is full for 2014. Check back in Fall 2015 for
future registration information.

A brief written application and interview with the faculty
director are required.
Registration is not confirmed
until your deposit has been received. View our cancellation policy.

Program Fees
Total cost of the program is $3548. Program cost does not include airfare. A non-
refundable deposit of $500
is due upon registration. A
$1524 payment is due on February 28th, 2014. The final $1524 payment is due on March 31st, 2014.

Included in Program FeeIncluded in the program cost are group activities, accommodations, meals in Surama, transportation while abroad, village entrance fees, travel insurance, and the UMW Study Abroad fee.

Not Included in Program FeeThe cost of the program does
not include UMW tuition, airfare, personal expenses, meals in Georgetown, snacks, souvenirs, or immunizations.







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