|Spend 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.
This six-week trip takes place during summer break every other year. 2014 dates are May 24th-July 5th.
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.
This course satisfies the Experiential Learning OR the Global Inquiry general education requirement by contract with the faculty director only.
International 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.
A brief written application and interview with the faculty
Included 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.
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