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Overview:     OSEA Field Study Abroad Trainning Programs

OSEA offers intensive, on-site fieldwork training in ethnography, including medical anthropology and anthropology of tourism, teaching English as a Second Language, community action research, and intensive Maya language. Different programs are available to suit the needs and interests of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals and other persons who are not students who have a need to develop new skills in interdisciplinary research methodologies. The OSEA training programs are designed to be flexible while retaining a structure for hands-on, interactive learning for small groups. OSEA also offers independent short 7-day course in Spanish to help participants gain the most of their immersion and research experience.

Ethnography Field School
All OSEA programs 6 weeks in 2015; Design and conduct individual or team research in one of three projects:
      ⇒ Sustainable Community Tourism Research
      ⇒ Emergent Cultures Research Project
      ⇒ Health, Healing and Belief Research Project

IUB Service Learning in Sustainable Community Tourism
This course is restricted to Indiana University students. Students from all eligible IU campuses can participate.
Visit the IUB Service Learning Yucatán page

SELT — School of Experimental Language Training
      ⇒ Maya Language Immersion — personalized training is ideal for researchers in any field & level
      ⇒ Intensive 7 and 12 Day Spanish Courses — not available in 2015
      ⇒ Teach English Service Learning (TESL) Community Action Research — work in a team of 4-5 teachers

We are looking for highly motivated, creative, and flexible persons with a variety of skills, experience, training, and interest not just in cultural anthropology and ethnography, but in any one or more of: photography, video, visual anthropology, theatre arts, staging design, installation, invisible theatre, performance art, studio art, Maya cultures, México and Latin America, Indigenous peoples, history, ethnohistory, art history, epigraphy, archeology, cultural studies, writing, journalism, tourism, museum studies, ESL, multicultural education, critical pedagogy, anthropology of education. This program is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students of all levels as well as persons who are not currently in enrolled in a degree granting program.

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Click here for the IUB International Service Learning Course in Yucatan. This course is sponsored by IU Latin Americn and Caribbean Studies Program. for Indiana University -- IUB and system -- students only.



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OSEA Ethnography Programs Require Spanish Proficiency
Spanish proficiency is required to be able to have the best learning and field experience possible. We accept persons based on their self-assessment and external evaluation of your Spanish Proficiency. The specific coursework you may have had in terms of extensive high school classes with or without additional college level Spanish is not as significant as these evaluations. You need to be able to have more than a little of basic communicative skills.

If your Spanish level can use a boost, please consider taking intensive Spanish courses prior to program start. You may enroll in Spanish courses at your university or online during the spring semester prior to arrival or during the break between regular semester and the OSEA ethnography program. We encourage you to consider the OSEA Intensive Spanish 7 and 12 courses. These are competitively priced especially to attract osea participants. We will focus your learning to best suit your needs within contexts of low student to teacher ratios. Typically these classes have can be as few as 1 to a maximum of 4 persons. This is ideal for you to learn. OSEA 7 Day Spanish Courses

OSEA Programs Include Educational Excursions and Culture Field Trips
Ttraining programs include educational trips to nearby cultural, educational and tourism sites of attraction. There is a group trip to Chichen Itza and to Yaxuna pueblo in addition to the hammock hunting expedition at program start to one of several possible communities where hammocks are produced: Dzitas, San Francisco, Ebtun. Longer day trips in recent years have included Rio Lagartos, Tihosuco and the Caste War Ruta de las Iglesias, Yaxcaba, and Izamal.


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Who Should Consider OSEA Programs?
We are looking for highly motivated, creative, and flexible persons with a variety of skills, experience, training, and interest.

Successful participants in OSEA Ethnographic Training Programs are persons who study or have significant experience in cultural anthropology, photography, video, visual anthropology, theatre arts, staging design, installation, invisible theatre, performance art, studio art, Maya cultures, México and Latin America, Indigenous peoples, history, ethnohistory, art history, epigraphy, archeology, cultural studies, writing, journalism, tourism, museum studies, ESL, multicultural education, critical pedagogy, anthropology of education and the anthropology of art, medical anthropology.

Our programs are appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students of all levels as well as persons who have just completed a degree and seek additional fieldwork experience and training before continuing on to a graduate degree program or to a professional position

Training with OSEA provides you tools, understandings & methods on which you will continue to rely long into the future



OSEA Programs (1997-2008)
Our History

OSEA and its antecedent organization, the Field School in Experimental Ethnography, have provided graduate and undergraduate students a unique learning experience since 1997. Through our programs we have and continue to provide students with an invaluable, on-site, hands-on interactive training in research methods and ethnographic fieldwork. Successful students have used their training and experience from OSEA and the Field School in Experimental Ethnography to go on to graduate programs at Stanford, Rice University, Michigan, the New School. Their experiences have helped them develop new or accelerated career paths in TESL, the anthropology of education, visual anthropology, and other fields. Click here to learn more about OSEA History, Student Success, and On-Going Research Endeavors

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Winter Study Abroad Program (2005)

MIRA - Multimedia Interdisciplinary Research in Anthropology

Spring Writer’s Workshop (2004)
The Ethnography Writer’s Workshop is not a fieldwork based program. The Workshop is an intensive period of writing on one’s own projects within an atmosphere of collaborative support, constructive commentary, intellectual focus created by the OSEA staff and the other participants who are similarly engaged in their own writing. The Workshop is ideal for any culture-focused writer seeking to complete a journal article, revise a book, write a dissertation or thesis, or prepare a research proposal or report.



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