Ecuador Andes and Amazon Field School
This 4-week program will give students the opportunity to travel to Ecuador where they will experience indigenous culture and language both in the Andes and the Amazon. The focus will be on indigenous activism and highland colonial history in Ecuador. The first two and a half weeks of the program will be spent on the shores of the Napo River which is one of the main tributaries that create the Amazon River. The last one and a half weeks will take place in the colonial capital, Quito. This is an anthropological-based program in which students will take two courses (AND 3940 and ANT 3950). In Ethnographic Field School, students will learn how to construct a research project, interviewing techniques, gain valuable experience in data collection and analysis, and receive training in visual anthropology. For the second course, students will gain hands-on experience with the basic methodologies of linguistic fieldwork. In addition, there will be numerous excursions for students to learn about shamanism, environmental citizenship, Latin American politics and colonial history. Six credits. ANT 3940 and ANT 3950.
ANT 3940 – Ethnographic Field School – 3 credits
ANT 3950 – Field Methods in Linguistics – 3 credits
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.
Billable Program Cost: $ 3,440.00
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.
Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 340.00 (Summer tuition not included. See below for estimate.)
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: health/wellness ($50-100), personal expenses ($200), and some meals ($40).
Undergraduate summer tuition for 2018 is estimated at $975 for 6 credits.
*Non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa before entering Ecuador.
** Tuition and fees for summer program are not included in this cost. Please go to this link
and scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates" to determine what tuition and fees you will be charged based on your individual status. Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control. Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.
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If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
- Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
- Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
- Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.
The international component of this course will run from 05/31/2018 to 06/29/2018.
Three pre-program meetings; dates and times TBD.
One post-program meeting at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.
Dr. Jon Carter
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Christina Sornito
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Jon Horne Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State, and Co-Director of the App State Ethnography Lab. He earned his Ph.D in sociocultural anthropology from Columbia University in 2012. Dr. Carter has been traveling in Latin America since 1997, where he has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork on crime, statehood, and immigration in Central America with a focus on Honduras. He teaches courses on ethnographic methods, sensory ethnography, the anthropology of violence, political anthropology, borders and immigration, and the intersections of art and anthropology. Currently he is finishing a book called At the Foot of the Beast, about gang life and state violence in Central America. Previously he has traveled with students and university international programs to Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Cuba.
Christina Verano Sornito is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State, and Co-Director of the App State Ethnography Lab. She earned her Ph.D in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2015. She also holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia (2005), and a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology and Interpretation Theory from Swarthmore College, (2000). Some of her interests include magic and sorcery; the anthropology of media/technology; visual anthropology; anthropology of sound; ethnographic/experimental film; and ethnographic surrealism. She has done fieldwork in Ecuador, Honduras, the Czech Republic with the Czech Slovak Surrealist group, engaging broader themes of Central European avant-gardes, nationalism, and alchemy. She has also done long-term fieldwork in various regions of the Philippine Islands, and is currently working on a book manuscript about spectral forces that haunt material and social life in a developing community of the central Philippines, entitled, In the House of Santa Regla: Specters of the Postcolonial Philippines. She also at work on a short film about the taboo, called Asocena: A Culinary Cookbook of Taboo and Transgression. Dr. Sornito teaches courses on magic, witchcraft and religion, the anthropology of media, magic and modernity, and experimental ethnography and fieldwork methods.
How to Apply
- CONTACT THE FACULTY DIRECTOR TO DISCUSS THE PROGRAM
- SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
- Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
- Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
- Select the Student Tab.
- Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
- Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
- Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
- PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
- PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
- Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
- Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
- Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, credit card, or money order.
- BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
- Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
Union, Suite 321.
- OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.
You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:
Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2018 at the latest.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.