General Description / Special Programs

A field school with the cost and convenience of an online course

This field school course, taught online from Ecuador, immerses students virtually in the culture of an Andean village. Students connect with villagers through Zoom and Skype or WhatsApp,* practicing language skills while learning about rural livelihoods and sustainability in a context of climate change and globalization.

We are happy to work with your home institution to ensure that you receive academic credit and that the field school meets requirements for your major or minor. At Wayne State University, this field school satisfies requirements in Anthropology, Global Studies, and Spanish, and is under consideration for Environmental Sciences.

Undergraduate and graduate levels. Spanish proficiency not required -- expectations will be tailored to student interests and skills. Limited enrollment -- apply early!

More information:

  • Contact Dr. Barry Lyons, the field school director and instructor, at
  • Watch this new 50-second video (different from the short video below).
  • Download the brochure below.
  • Read this.
  • Watch the video below.

*WhatsApp is a free app for audio and video calling over the internet that you can download to your smartphone or computer.

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Experience Offered
Field Work
Employees1 to 25
Main Organization
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

This is a virtual field school, offered as a 3-credit online course at undergraduate and graduate levels.