This Summer of 2013 will be my 8th season. To be transparent I first arrived during the 1996 season, as a middle aged avocational archaeologist, married with two teenagers. I was a long way from my college years(UMASS '69) but after speaking to Dr. Thomas Guderjan, the Program Director, he reassured me there was a place for me at the Maya Research Program. That year we did alot of walking and slept in single or double tents.
Now so many years later, we sleep in water proof cabanas, have shower and bathgroom facilitiesn as well as, having two home cooked meals a day, with plenty of varied food choices suitable fo most tastes.
This program has resulted in valuable research and countless post- graduate degrees.
You will work according to your skill set, real or perceived. You will lectures by the staff at least 4-5 times a week. The main social activties are centered around and underneath our brand new palapa. Right across from a front get is the Delicacy Cafe with wi-fi, delicious food and various desserts and assorted beverages.
Everyone looks out for one another and some have become life long friends with a few marriages thrown into the mix over the years.
There are short term courses that may be taken for college credit, with no more than 8-10 students per session. Personally i could write another 5 pages, but for the sake of brevity, this is the place to go for 2-8 weeks this Summer. i will greet you and welcome you to the MRP family upon your arrival. Best wishes, Sarge
An average day begins around 530 am, breakfast ends at 630 am and by 700 am, we load up in our trucks and vans and go off to our assignments. Some volunteers take part in exvacation, while others will perform mapping, GPS plotting and working in our extensive concrete laboratory.