2016 NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala

29 January 2016

The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala is now recruiting anthropology, occupational therapy, public health, and students in related disciplines for its four-week summer session: May 30 – June 24, 2016.

The field school offers transdisciplinary learning to promote leadership in social justice through collaboration with Guatemala-based NGO and other community partners.Graduate students and upper division undergraduate majors in anthropology, occupational therapy, public health or related disciplines are encouraged to apply via our website by February 15, 2016. Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. 

The field school is a project of the NAPA-OT SIG (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology – Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group) of the American Anthropological Association. Faculty include anthropologists and occupational therapists with credentials and interests in health care access and human rights, child development, and public health.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To explore efforts to achieve social justice in Guatemala, a country with a history of ethnic and class violence
  •  To examine health disparities in Guatemala through applied medical anthropology theory and human rights discourse
  •  To understand the determinants of health and basic epidemiology in developing nations
  •  To provide a transdisciplinary fieldwork opportunity to students of occupational therapy, anthropology, and related subjects
  •  To promote social justice through partnerships in and around Antigua, Guatemala with NGOs, community groups, health care workers, and other social change agents
  •  To explore the concept of “occupational justice” as an emerging practice area in occupational therapy and applied anthropology

Applicants students will have the opportunity to work in one of three project groups:

  • Health system accountability: Citizen Participation and the right to health in rural Guatemala
  • Midwifery:  Cultural Complexities and Health Care Accessibility
  • Pediatric Practice: Play as a Therapeutic Practice for Undernutrition, Feeding, and Development

Students also will study Spanish a minimum of 9 hours per week, working one-on-one with certified language instructors at their own level and pace. Visit their website for more information.

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