Actually DO your studies with ethnographic research

Students attending the Ethnographic Studies camp
FLC students at the Ethnographic Field School in Tanzania

Learn applied ethnographic methods at our 4 or 5-week ethnographic field school in and around Boma Ng’ombe, Tanzania. The program begins with a 1 or 2-week preparation period at our campus in Durango before heading to Tanzania, where you’ll live with a host family in an immersive homestay experience. You will be trained and gain experience in:

  • Research design
  • Ethnographic interviewing
  • Participant observation
  • Visual data collection methods
  • Data processing & analysis

You will also collaborate with students from the Tengeru Institute of Community Development, a college in nearby Arusha, as part of your ethnographic field school experience.

Additionally, you’ll visit local and international non-governmental organizations, an artist cooperative, neighboring villages, and natural beauty destinations such as the big game parks of Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro National Park, and Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park.

Dates for next field school: May 20, 2024, to June 17, 2024


Recent ethnographic field school projects

Projects in recent summers have included research with local residents regarding food insecurity, HIV/AIDS stigma, recycling programs, substance abuse, prenatal health care, and the use of herbal medicines. Students frequently turn their ethnographic field school experiences into presentations at Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings or senior seminar papers and presentations.

Contact Dr. Marnie Thomson with questions: mthomson@fortlewis.edu.