LESSONS FROM THE FIELD

George Gmelch, along with other American professors, has run a summer college field school in Barbados for a number of years. They wanted to know what students learned not only about Bajan culture, but their own culture. American students spent part of their summer immersed in a cultural setting different from their own. They lived outside of the towns with local families in order to get a more authentic experience of living in Barbados. Gmelch found that students learned a number of things about American culture from their field experiences.