Ethnographic Field school in Costa Rica on Tourism (fwd)

Tim Wallace (twallace@NANDO.NET)
Sun, 4 Feb 1996 13:31:22 -0500

I thought i would just send a reminder about my summer ethnographic field
school out. Hope there might be some other students interested. I
already have filled about 80% of the spaces in the program. I look
forward to hearing from anyone interested.


NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Costa Rica is a small Central American country that has chosen
tourism as one of the principal vehicles of economic development.
It has played the ecological tourism card very well and today is
benefitting from large numbers of tourist arrivals, yet there are
major problems that have accompanied the decision to promote
tourism. But there are consequences: loss of traditional farms,
water quality problems, coastal wetlands destruction, pollution, new
hotels at the expense of scenic vistas and traditional culture,
local loss of control over tourism development.

In this summer's work we will investigate the problems of tourism
development in western Costa Rica in the villages and towns near the
National Park of Manuel Antonio, Carrara and the Pacific Ocean
beaches of Quepos, Jaco, Tarcoles and Puntarenas. The principal
goal of this year's field work is to learn whether sustainable
tourism in this area is truly possible feasible and whether Costa
Rican residents are finding new economic activities to improve their
quality of life. We will also question tourists about their reasons
for coming to Costa Rica, what they do while there and the degree to
which they enjoy, respect and learn about Costa Rican culture,
society and environment.

The participants will spend one week in the Central highlands using
the city of Heredia as a base to become familiar with tourism
infrastructure, to prepare for fieldwork, to begin learning about
Costa Rican society and culture. The following four weeks will be
spent living and studying in the Manuel Antonio/Quepos region on the
south Pacific coast of Costa Rica. While they learn to how to do
applied, ethnographic research, and carry out their research
projects, students will live with Costa Rican families. Students
will also learn skills associated with organizing and carrying out
applied anthropology, including systematic observation, interviewing,
note-taking, rapid appraisal techniques, data analysis, use of
computers in fieldwork and report writing. Students will also
participate in excursions to other national parks and touristic
areas of the country. English will be the language of instruction,
and English speaking field assistants will be available to
facilitate communication with Costa Ricans.

The program is designed for 8-10 students who may be juniors, seniors
and/or graduate students from various fields. Prerequisites are six
credit hours in anthropology. First and Second Year students may be
admitted with permission of the instructor. No previous experience in
ethnographic fieldwork required. Students should have had the equivalent
of at least two semesters of college Spanish. U.S. citizens only need a
valid passport to enter Costa Rica. No other documents are required. Six
hours of credit (ANT495S, Ethnographic Field Methods and ANT 495T,
Anthropology of Tourism: Applied Field Methods) will be awarded upon
successful completion of the field school. Graduate credit is available.

The cost of the five week program is $2350, including airfare, room and
board, in-country excursions, local transportation, program fees, tuition,
International Student ID and health insurance.

The instructors of the school are: Dr. Tim Wallace, Associate
Professor of Anthropology at North Carolina State University, and
Dr. John R. Bort, Associate Professor of Anthropology, East Carolina
University. Dr. Wallace has led two previous field schools on
tourism studies to Lake Balaton Hungary, and has extensive
professional experience in Latin America. Dr. Bort has led an ECU
field school to Costa Rica for the last 15 years and frequently has
done research in Costa Rica, especially on maritime fishing.

If you have questions, please call Tim Wallace at: 919-515-2491 (o) or
919-781-8655(h). Mail the letter and registration fee to: Tim Wallace,
Summer Field School in Costa Rica, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Box
8107, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8107. Fax:
919-515-2610; E-mail address is: A formal
application form will follow upon receipt of your letter. Applications
must be accompanied by a $200 registration deposit ($100 of which is non-
refundable) that goes towards the full fee. The deadline for receipt of
the registration fee is April 1, 1996.

James M. (Tim) Wallace Tel: 919-515-2491
Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology Fax: 919-515-2610
N. Carolina State University Email:
Box 8107, Raleigh, NC 27695-8107

James M. (Tim) Wallace Tel: 919-515-2491
Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology Fax: 919-515-2610
N. Carolina State University Email:
Box 8107, Raleigh, NC 27695-8107

James M. (Tim) Wallace Tel: 919-515-2491
Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology Fax: 919-515-2610
N. Carolina State University Email:
Box 8107, Raleigh, NC 27695-8107