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I am looking for one or two people who can give me a hand with the transcription of a couple of short audio clips in Maya Kekchi and/or Mopan. If you or somebody you know happens to be competent in either of these two languages, please get in touch.


Genner Llanes-Ortiz

Yucatec Maya anthropologist

Postdoctoral Researcher

Indigeneity in the Contemporary World:

Performance, Politics, Belonging

Royal Holloway, University of London





(T) +44 (0)1784 27 6529


When not killing indigenous leaders, the Guatemalan government devotes its efforts to raiding community radio stations and confiscating their equipment. Last Thursday, the police raided Doble Via, a community radio station in San Mateo, Quetzaltenango, seizing a few thousand dollars worth of equpiment. The station was founded by Alberto Recinos along with young people from San Mateo. Recinos began his broadcast career as a teenaged member of the armed resistance in the 1980s; he was one of the chief broadcasters of La Voz del Pueblo, the guerrilla radio station located on the slopes of the Tajamulco volcano. Doble Via is run by the youth of San Mateo; most of the members of its collective are in their teens and early 20s (there are even some pre-teen announcers) and it enjoys the support of local government and thousands of residents. This is just the latest in the government's attacks on community (read: indigenous) radio in Guatemala. For more details, here is a link to Cultural Survival's website:
Lisa Maya Knauer
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
2011 Fulbright Scholar

Read about my work and experiences in Guatemala:


Service. Adventure. Leadership

Looking for an exciting and rewarding international post-graduate experience?
Your journey begins here.

We’d like to invite you to apply for a Program Director position<> with Manna Project International<>.

Manna Project International<> (MPI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that utilizes the passions and energy of young people to empower developing international communities through hands-on learning and service.  Headquartered in Nashville, TN with permanent sites in Guatemala<>, Ecuador<>, Nicaragua<>, MPI strives to foster communities of young adults and encourages them to use their passions and education in service to communities in need. At our international sites, groups of Program Directors<> live and work together for seven to thirteen months implementing a range of community development projects in fields ranging from education to community organizing, health care to microfinance. MPI employs a holistic approach to community development, seeking to build networks, reinforce local institutions, and empower individuals.

On the ground, the day-to-day operations of MPI are run by a team of four to ten Program Directors (PDs) who live and work together in Guatemala, Ecuador, or Nicaragua for seven to thirteen months. These teams are comprised of young professionals and recent college graduates who work alongside community leaders to address each community’s specific needs. Program Directors utilize their education, passions, and skills to develop and sustain existing projects and to establish new projects. Our model is designed to create impactful, on-the-ground results, while equipping our volunteers with the leadership development and professional skills they need to continue their work in a range of career paths after their service with MPI.

For more information on MPI and the Program Director position, check out our Program Director Handbook<>, or email<>.

MPI is currently accepting applications for seven-month (January to August 2013) and thirteen-month (July 2013 to August 2014) Program Directors.  Click here for a detailed timeline<>.

Applications will be accepted at two upcoming deadlines: December 1, 2012 and February 1, 2013. However, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible due to a limited number of spaces.

To apply, please visit our website at<>.

Kat Mueller
Communications Coordinator, Manna Project International<>
t:  402.601.9705


Call for Students:  NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala

The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala is now recruiting anthropology, occupational therapy public health, and other social science students for its four-week summer session: July 15 – August 9, 2013.

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 applied or medical anthropology or related social sciences are encouraged to apply via our website<> by December 31, 2012.

The field school is a project of the NAPA-OT SIG (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:
· NGOs and the Educational Transition
· NGO Networks and Surgical Referrals
· Pediatric nutrition

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 our website for more information or email us at<>.

Rachel Hall-Clifford, PhD, MPH, MSc
NAPA-OT Field School, Guatemala


NC State University Announces the Twentieth Annual

Ethnographic Field School, Summer 2013
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
May 24 – July 15, 2013

Health, Heritage and Globalization in Guatemala Maya Communities

Field school website:<>wallace<> or through the NCSU Study Abroad Office website:

Objectives: Learn how to design, conduct and write-up qualitative, ethnographic research while on the shores of a crystal lake framed by volcanoes! During the 7 ½ week program, live and work with an indigenous Guatemalan family in the Lake Atitlán area of the Western Highlands. This is a hands-on, experiential-driven program where students design a research program, and plan and implement an independent, individualized, project. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, training in ethnographic and qualitative research methods can prove to be beneficial for your career, whether it be in anthropology, sociology, international affairs, history, education, textiles, natural resource management business and management, political science, psychology, bio-medical engineering and public health. All students are encouraged to apply, especially students interested in topics concerning the environment, globalization, social justice, tourism, conservation, language, development, poverty and health. Not sure how your interests may fit into the topics listed? Contact us. The program is tailored individually to maximize the participant's potential for understanding and developing the skills needed for ethnographic, qualitative research.  Students also will have opportunities to pursue an applied, service-learning project in lieu of a research project.  Contact the Program Directors (<>;<>) to discuss potential opportunities for your areas of interest.

If you would like to contact past participants, let us know. Some of them have written recently to offer their endorsement of the program.

"Tim Wallace's fieldschool stretched the limits of what I thought I could do. I emerged more confident as a researcher, Spanish speaker, and student, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking to build character, resume, or research portfolio." – D. Carr (2012)

“Studying anthropology in Guatemala not only allowed me to try something academically outside my comfort zone but my time there also culturally enriched me in a way I wasn't expecting. Living with a host family in a foreign country and culture changed my life forever and I feel like a more well-rounded  and confident individual because of it. No matter your major or your interests there is something that will speak to you in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and give you an experience that you'll never forget.”  T. Wells (2012)
"Not only was the EFS program in Guatemala a phenomenally engaging and enjoyable experience, but it also provided me with the tangible skills that I will use as an anthropologist in any region of the world – absolutely irreplaceable as I apply for a Fulbright to conduct ethnographic research in China next year!"  – B. Reynolds (2012)
“The Ethnographic Field School is a great way to gain practical field experience in anthropology.  Students in the field school come from a variety of backgrounds and by the end of the summer I felt more confident in undertaking a research project and living/travelling independently in a foreign country.  I do not speak fluent Spanish and I was still able to complete a project I could be proud of! – J. Bunch (2010)

“The field school was one of the most rewarding learning experiences in my entire life. Not only did my Spanish improve, but I also learned a lot more about what it takes to do quality ethnographic work. I think this is a must for anyone looking to do graduate or professional work in anthropology but lacks field experience.” – M. Stern (2012)

The program and eligibility:
Within the supportive framework of the NC State Guatemala Program students learn the fundamentals of ethnographic fieldwork, including project design and management, data collection and report writing. Students also quickly improve their Spanish language skills through intensive, daily interaction with their home stay families and other community members. Guatemalans are friendly and outgoing with an ancient and rich, Mayan cultural heritage. The program is designed for about 16 participants who may be undergraduates, graduate students or post-baccalaureate students.  Students will also learn about the contemporary Maya of the Lake Atitlán area and how they are adapting to changing demographics, globalization, economic and political insecurities, and environmental change. The program is not limited to students of NC State University and many previous participants have come from all over the US, Canada, Chile, the UK, and Guatemala.  Some Spanish language skills and some course work or familiarity with anthropology are desirable.

The Fieldwork Site
Lake Atitlán is one of the most majestic and scenic spots in all of Latin America. Ringed by active and extinct volcanoes and about a mile in elevation, the 55 sq. mi. lake was formed out of an ancient volcanic basin (crater). Dotting the shores of the lake are about a dozen small villages inhabited by the contemporary descendants of the ancient Maya. Panajachel (pop. 10,000), one of the largest towns, will be the headquarters for the program. Students will be located in home stays in one of the ten other towns surrounding the lake shores. The view of the lake from Panajachel and the other towns is magnificent, and the attractive sunsets and views daily lure many tourists over the years. Yet, the region has retained much of their traditional Maya heritage. Guatemala has the largest indigenous population in Mexico and Central America. There are approximately 23 different languages spoken in Guatemala and three of them are spoken around Lake Atitlán (Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil and K’iche’). Despite conquests and civil wars, the Maya have survived for nearly two millennia. Lake Atitlán is one of the best places in Central America to learn about this amazingly durable and vibrant culture.

Six Course Credits (graduate or undergraduate):
Students receive six credits for completing the program. The program emphasizes practical training in ethnographic fieldwork and ethics as it relates to Guatemala. In addition to learning research design, systematic observation, interviewing, fieldnote-taking, coding, ethics, data analysis, report writing, etc., students also learn about contemporary Guatemalan society and culture, particular the key issues of environment, heritage, identity, politics, and globalization in Mayan Communities, especially around Lake Atitlán.  Students learn through seminar discussions and field work the problems associated with first fieldwork in an international setting.  Note: English is the language of instruction, but Spanish is an invaluable tool for a full experience. The focus of all course work is the design, implementation and write- up of an independent research project with an applied focus.

In concert with each student’s research needs and personal preferences, participants will be housed with a local family, in one of thirteen Mayan communities around Lake Atitlan. Each student will receive room, breakfast, lunch and dinner and laundry services. Families also help students learn Spanish and establish networks in the community.

Program Costs
The cost of the seven-week program is only $3300. The single fee covers all expenses (except airfare) including:
•room, board (three meals/day), laundry
•tuition for six credits
•full coverage health insurance during stay abroad
•program fees and instruction
•local transportation costs and transfer fees
•national park entrance fees
•research supplies
•free rental of a cellphone (works both in-country and for inexpensive, international calls), and
•in-country excursions (Colonial Antigua, Indigenous markets at Chichicastenango, rituals in Patzún, the Nature Reserve of Atitlán, and the Mayan ruins of Iximché among others)

Airfare from most US cities is approximately $600. Students will need to bring a laptop with them to them field. Each town around the lake has Internet access. Other than a valid passport, US and Canadian citizens need no other documents to enter Guatemala for a stay of up to 90 days.
Students from any university or country, regardless of major – graduate, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or post-graduate – may apply.  Applications may be accessed through the field school website: or through the NC State University Study Abroad Office website:<> .  Please feel free to contact Dr. Tim Wallace, the program director (<>), or Sarah Taylor (<>) for additional information or any type of inquiry about the program at 919-815-6388 (m) or 919-515-9025 (o). Fax no: 919-515-2610; E-mail:<file:///\\> .  The applications are submitted online, but if you have any problems, please contact Ms. Rebecca Denton at the NCSU Study Abroad Office, Box 7344, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7344<>, 919-515-2087. The official deadline is February 8, 2013. Applications received after that date will be considered only if there are spaces still available.


Hello Colleagues,

I am writing to request a posting on your Listserv announcing a job and field school opportunities for Summer 2013 near Chichen Itza, Mexico.  I've also attached flyers!

Job Announcement
The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (OSEA) is currently seeking candidates for the position of the School for Experimental Language Training (SELT) Program Coordinator for the 2013 summer field season in Pisté, Mexico.  Details including the job description, qualification requirements, and expectations are to be found on the OSEA website,  Applications will be due Monday, December 3, 2012.  Appointments will be made in January 2013 with work commencing shortly thereafter.  Questions regarding this position are to be directed to either Christine,<> or Quetzil,<>.

Summer 2013 Field School near Chichen Itza, Mexico
Summer 2013 programs include: Heritage Ethnography Field School (for undergraduates in cultural anthropology or archeology interested in learning methodologies, proposal writing, and ethnography), Maya Health & Healing Field School (for pre-med students looking to gain experience working with traditional indigenous practices related to health and healing), SELT Teaching English Service Learning (for students interested in team-teaching English classes to youth and adults while writing an ethnography about the experience).  Lastly, OSEA offers a total of three, week-long courses in intensive Spanish for anyone interested in honing their Spanish-language skills. For more details, please check out OSEA's website,<>.  Questions?  Please email,<>.
Please let me know if you'd like me to send any promotional flyers or to draft a "blurb" for the website.

Christine Preble
OSEA Field School Program Assistant Director
Ph.D. Candidate University at Albany<>
Facebook: "OSEA Ethnographic Fieldschool"

Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Baylor University
(254) 710-6226