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Gaining experience in the field is vital to a student of anthropology. Being trained in Ethnographic Field Methods and having the opportunity to put that training into practice is an important step in becoming a well-rounded anthropologist. 


Each of the three and eight week field school sessions will be structured to maximize the student’s training and field experiences, as well as opportunities to enjoy the natural and man-made wonders of Isla Mujeres. 


Each week students will experience field work with their local expert mentors, along with various possible excursions:  Swimming in the open Caribbean ocean with Whale Sharks, touring the Isla Mujeres Tortugranja Turtle Preserve, diving or snorkeling at the Cancun Subaquatic Museum, visiting the Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá and Ek Balam,  PADI Open Water Scuba Certification, ancient Yucateca Cenote exploration...and much, much more.  





The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School Provides




  • Practical experience in Ethnographic Methods, Research Design, analysis and ethics through formal training and field research

  • Engagement in Cross Cultural Processes to gain an on-the-ground perspective of everyday life through internships with local native mentors, families and cultural activities 

  • Study in the complex social and political contexts of the relationship between Culture and Environment in an amazing location that thrives on eco-tourism and environmental protection

  • PADI Open Water Dive Certification and Spanish Language Boot Camp*

  • Informed Career Counseling and Direction by experts to further your career in the competitive professional and academic field of Anthropology                                               





Each Student Will 




  • Learn the basics of writing a Research Proposal*                                                               

  • Conduct independent research as well as ethnographic skill assignments                       

  • Create a working Curriculum Vitae [CV]*                                                                        

  • Produce a journal style article based on their research [and abstract]*                          

  • Produce and present a professional conference style paper [and abstract*                  



* applies to the Advanced Methods Students Only

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