About Us


The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala will be entering its eighth season in Summer 2016, as a project of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. 


Our vision is to facilitate transdisciplinary learning among students in occupational therapy, anthropology, and related fields.   The goal of the field school is to promote social and occupational justice, which it enacts through partnerships with NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in and around Antigua, Guatemala.  By providing integrative field work opportunities within occupational therapy and anthropology, we believe that ideals of social and occupational justice can be systematically refined a set of concepts, theories, bodies of knowledge, and tools for implementation as practitioners and researchers in real-world contexts.     

Program Objectives

  • To explore efforts to achieve social and occupational justice in Guatemala, a country with a history of ethnic and class violence
  • To explore the concept of “occupational justice” as an emerging practice area in occupational therapy and applied anthropology, focusing on occupational capacity
  • To examine health disparities in Guatemala through applied medical anthropology theory and human rights discourse
  • To understand the determinants of health and basic epidemiology in developing nations
  • To provide a transdisciplinary fieldwork opportunity to students of occupational therapy, anthropology, and related subjects
  • To promote social justice through partnerships in and around Antigua, Guatemala with NGOs, community groups, health care workers, and other social change agents