Foreign Study Program

For Watanabe’s Students, New Zealand Is Full of Lessons


Associate Professor of Anthropology John Watanabe, who studies the Maya peoples of Guatemala and Mexico, has been traveling to a venue outside of his specialty area to shepherd Dartmouth undergraduates through the cultural landscape of New Zealand.

While previously a stranger to this part of the world, Watanabe has found it to be a good venue for a Foreign Studies Program (FSP). He has led groups there for four of the program’s 11 years during Dartmouth’s winter term.

“One of the things the students learn is that a place may not be as it seems. What initially appears familiar, with time may indeed seem strange,” says Associate Professor of Anthropology John Watanabe. (Photo by John Tansey)