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W I N T E R   2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7   S E S S I O N S


2   W E E K   D I S A B I L I T Y   R E S E A R C H    P R A C T I C U M   [D R P]  


C O N T I N U I N G    E D U C A T I O N    A N D    M U L T I D I S C I P L I N A R Y   S T U D E N T S   W E L C O M E

S E S S I O N   1    D E C   3  -   D E C   1 8   2 0 1 6

A P P L I C A T I O N   D E A D L I N E   N O V E M B E R   1   2 0 1 6 


S E S S I O N   2   J A N   7   -   J A N   2 2   2 0 1 7

A P P L I C A T I O N   D E A D L I N E   D E C E M B E R   1   2 0 1 6         

C O U R S E   O V E R V I E W




The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School Disability Research Practicum consists of research and cultural familiarization focused on issues of children with disabilities, their families and the local community.


Students will become familiar with the various issues faced with this kind of action oriented community based research, work hand-in-hand with educators on the island who are focused on the needs of children with disabilities, as well as conduct directed research methods while also gaining valuable methods training.


Students will engage in Collaborative Community Based Research, Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation initiatives, while also experiencing the island culture and processes. Must be a group of at least 3 students for this session. If booked as a group of 3 or more together, then a 10% discount applies. 


Lead Instructor:  Dr. Todd Pierce



T U I T I O N   A N D   P A Y M E N T  D E A D L I N E S

The Winter Methods Practicum Intensive is $2100.00 USD.  



The Tuition Deadline for Session 1  is November 1 2016,  

The Tuition Deadline for Session 2 is December 1 2016.

Please Contact us at to arrange payment options.


Tuition costs include housing (single occupancy room - double occupancy is available upon request) at Hotel Paraiso Mexicano in Centro, Isla Mujeres within walking distance of shops, restaurants, the Ultramar ferry and famous Playa Norte.  Each room includes TV, Wifi, AC, refrigerator, full shower bath, hot water and window.  A communal, covered full kitchen and dipping pool are available to all guests in the courtyard. Meals are not included in the plan, although complimentary purified drinking water is available at the hotel all day, as well as coffee in the mornings. If two participants wish to share a room, please contact us for adjusted costs.


Non 'classroom' activities will include island tours and cultural familiarization, and informal social events with locals and expats. 


There will be many optional activities on the island such as cultural activities, swimming, yoga, snorkeling and scuba diving and fishing. Students of the MPI or RDS courses may also join the day trip to the Maya sites of Ek Balam and Chichen Itza, with an included swim in an ancient cenote between both site visits (additional ~$125 USD). 


You must include your full name and application acceptance code when sending your payment.


You will receive an application acceptance code once your application to attend the Field School has been reviewed and you have been accepted to the school.


Our Basic Housing for the Field School is at Hotel Paraiso Mexicano and is included in student tuition costs.

Tuition does not include your transportation (flights, taxis and Ultramar ferry ride to the island) or food.

Please contact us at to arrange for payment options.





E A R L Y    R E G I S T R A T I O N   T U I T I O N    D I S C O U N T





If you apply and are accepted to join the Winter Methods Practicum Intensive:


Pay your tuition in full by:


October 1 2016 for Session 1 and receive a $250.00USD Tuition Discount

November 1 2016 for Session 2 and receive a $250.00USD Tuition Discount





H O W   T O   P R E P A R E 





Spending Money




Student’s lodging (food is not included) is covered in the cost of tuition, but you will want to venture out to enjoy all that Isla Mujeres offers -- there are a lot of great restaurants and musical venues on the island.  When not doing field research, attending lectures or writing up field notes, we suspect you might want to enjoy the stunning beaches and energetic nightlife.



We suggest that you plan on having about $500 USD or more in spending money in reserve for the two-week Winter Research Design Symposium.


You will trade your home-country currency in for pesos when you arrive, or withdraw as pesos from an ATM..









Typical Dinner Out = ~ $10-20 US


Typical Lunch Out = ~ $7 US


Delicious Taco in The Colonias = ~ .80 US


Cup of Coffee in Centro = ~ $2 US


Golf Cart Rental for One Day = ~ $50 US


Moto Rental for One Day = ~ $30 US


Taxi to and from Airport = ~ $100 US (expect $65 coming to Isla, $30 going back)


Ultramar Ferry from Cancun = ~ $14 US Round Trip


Local Island Taxi = ~ Roughly $2 to $6 US


Coca Cola from a Tienda = ~ $1 US


Typical Beer = ~ $2 US at a bar


Custom Made Pinata = ~ $30 US

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