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  • Locations: Napo, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
Andes and Amazon Field School

Amazonian Culture and Environment
Andes and Amazon Field School
Napo, Ecuador
June 2 – June 27, 2018
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Amazon and Andes Field School are pleased to offer a brand new program in Napo, Ecuador for summer 2018. This four week program will give students hands-on experience in one of the most biodiverse and endangered forests on earth: the headwaters of the Amazon. Tulane faculty director Dr. William Balée, who has spent a lifetime working with the Ka’apor Indians in Brazil, is a pioneer in understanding the role Amazonian indigenous communities have in the formation and maintenance of the Amazonian forest. Students will enjoy many class sessions in the great outdoors. Housing is in shared double and or triple accommodations in en-suite dorms overlooking the Napo River at the Andes and Amazon Field School (AAFS), and served three meals a day of mixture of Ecuadorian and American dishes with opportunities to savor Andean and Amazonian cuisine. Two courses will be taught for a total of six credits.
Throughout the program, students will learn to see the Amazon from a native perspective. They will spend time in the forest listening to stories told by indigenous elders, making pottery in native style, and learning to prepare native foods and medicines. Students will learn about interactions between local peoples and Amazonian landscapes from prehistory to the present; Amazonian landscapes as an analytic unit from the interdisciplinary perspective of historical ecology; changes and development of forests and savannas since the arrival of human beings; historical, ecological, and cultural forces involved in biological and edaphic diversity in modern forests; long-term effects of prehistoric and historic human occupations and manipulation of landscapes; and implications for conservation and development. In addition to regular activities, the program culminates in a trip to the Yasuni National Park, one of the world’s last unexplored forests.
ANTH 3060 (3 credits): South American Indians
ANTH 3710 (3 credits): Historical Ecology of Amazonia
Tuition (corresponding credits) – transferable to other universities
Lodging at the AAFS
Three meals per day
Transportation to/from the Quito airport
Medical insurance
Specialized group tours and excursions
Not Included:
Airfare to/from Quito (UIO)
Incidental costs, extra meals, and expenses
To apply, student applicants must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply, but should check with their home institution that credits will transfer. There is no pre-requisite or language requirement. No visa is required for this program; however, students must have a valid passport expiring no less than six months after return date.
Complete applications will include:
  • Student’s general and academic information
  • Personal statement of intent
  • Official copy of transcript
  • Copy of front page of VALID passport
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $300 non-refundable deposit (by credit card online, OR by check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise Person, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.) 

For questions, contact Laura Wise Person by phone at 504-862-8629, by email at, or by visiting the Stone Center in 100 Jones Hall. Please visit the program’s web page.

This program is currently not accepting applications.