Field School


University Seminar: 
Action Research in the Andes


Andean Action Research: Internship Opportunity/Field Training

July 8th – 25th 2018

This year the Center for Social Well Being offers our final and closing seminar on interdisciplinary qualitative field methods that include Spanish and Quechua language learning in the Peruvian Andes. 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 Participatory Action Research methodology and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of SocioEnvironmental Sustainability and integrated Well Being in environmental, family and community spheres, that address civic and policy issues of Health, Education, Social Justice, Agrobiodiversity, Climate Change and Community Organization. Students actively engage in ongoing endeavors in local agricultural communities to develop effective social interaction field abilities and required language skills to carry out their own research and for placement with appropriate community programs, if desired. Also included are excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. The training program tuition includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, as well as course materials.

The program is under the direction of Field Coordinator, Flor de María Barreto Tosi, Ecologist, and  Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D. This year’s field assistant is alumnus Samuel K. Hulsey, Environmental Scientist, Middle Tennessee State University.  

 Program dates:

July Field Seminar: Sunday July 8th – Wednesday July 25th

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To apply – please click on the application below, provide the required information and return the form to us or request an application: 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 upcoming field training programs in Peru.

High school
Experiential Learning Program

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