Colombia: Providence Island

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Location: Providence Island, Colombia

Season: June 24, 2023 to July 19, 2023

Application Deadline: May 12, 2023

Deadline Type: Exact Date


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research (IFR)

Project Director:
Dr. Tracie Mayfield

Project Description:

This project seeks to understand Old Providence and Santa Catalina as a unique cultural-historical and material biome…a community with ties to and reliance on variable international and sociopolitical market economies from the Colony’s inception in 1629 to today. The Islands’ social, economic, and material connections to the global world and between groups and individuals present in this discrete place forged a unique context and thus, associated behaviors, which can be observed in the documentary, oral, material, and spatial records. Therefore, by conferring with Native voices and applying archaeological and anthropological foundations, methods, and solutions, the project seeks to clarify the historical timeline of Old Providence and Santa Catalina and to elucidate localized strategies utilized by Raizal peoples to negotiate the complex relationships between and among variable stakeholders embedded within the colonial- and modern-industrial complexes.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historical & Contemporary

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants must stay entire duration of the field school.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prior experience required.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students and faculty will be housed at Posada Enilda Bed and Breakfast located in the south of the Island in an area called Bottom House. Students do not need to reserve their own rooms, this will already be taken care of before they arrive. This posada is a fully modern facility with comfortable outdoor seating areas, shared dining room, and other amenities, such as air-conditioning, in- room safes, and personal refrigerators, and is extremely comfortable. The husband and wife owners are excited about hosting the students and we have enjoyed our stays in past years, immensely. Security cameras monitor the grounds and the main gate is locked at night. Old Providence is a safe island, with little serious crime.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credit Units offered by Connecticut College. Tuition is $5,710

Contact Information:

Institute for Field Research

1855 Industrial Street, Unit 106

Los Angeles



United States

Phone: (424) 209-1173

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