Action Research in the Andes

Social Well Being


The Center for Social Well Being celebrates 15 years offering our 3 week training program in interdisciplinary qualitative field methods, as well as Spanish and Quechua language classes, in the Peruvian Andes. The CSW has a formal partnership with the University of New Mexico’s Latin American and Iberian Institute to facilitate the awarding of academic credit for student participants: http://laii.unm.edu/abroad/summer-quechua-program.php.  

The combined undergraduate and graduate level seminar is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in field investigation that emphasizes methods in Participatory Action Research and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of Climate Change with respect to Ecology, Health, Education, Community Organization and related topics.

Students have the opportunity to actively engage in ongoing investigations in local agricultural communities to develop effective field research techniques, and to acquire language skills. In addition, the program provides excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. The program tuition fee includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, and course materials. The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D., as well as Ecologist and Field Coordinator,Flor de María Barreto Tosi

Program dates:
New Year InterSession   December 27th 2015 through January 15th 2016
June Solstice Session      June 5th through 25th 2016
July Harvest Session       July 3rd through 23rd 2016
August Earth Session      August 1st through 21st 2016

Please contact us for other potential program dates for 2016.

To apply – please click on the application below, provide the required information and return the form to us. We will acknowledge receipt of your application and advise you once your application is processed. Be sure to send us any questions you may have with regard to our 2015 field training programs in Peru.


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2.High school
Experiential Learning Program

“La Casa de Pocha” has been offering a high school Andean environment course since 1994.

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