"The Ifugao Archaeological Project has been a very rewarding experience for me. I have participated in two seasons of field school in the Middle East, and am currently employed in a Cultural Research Management firm that deals with Southern Ontario archaeological and heritage resources, but the it was through the IAP that I became acquainted with various research tools that augmented and enhanced the archaeological finds in the field. These included interviews with elders in order to learn about intergenerational memories, reading literature to compare the pre-modern lifeways of the Ifugao with the rapidly changing present day, and engaging the local community as part of the process of helping protect cultural heritage resources like archaeological sites by raising public awareness and making archaeology accessible to the community. I have met knowledgeable locals and worked alongside colleagues of diverse interests coming from different parts of the world - all helping enrich my experience and reinforcing my love of both the social, and also the physical, aspect of archaeology. The grand mountain vistas and cool breezes aren't half bad either!"
-Jay Allen Villapando, University of Toronto (2013)
"Having the privilege of participating in the first season (summer 2012) of the Ifugao Archaeological Project, I knew I had to go back to Ifugao for the second season (summer 2013). It wasn’t because of the thrill of driving on narrow gravel roads on the side of the mountain, nor was it hiking down the steep rice terraces almost every day. No, field school in Ifugao for me was never about those. It was because of an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of history. The Ifugao Archaeological Project has introduced me to a form of archaeology that has implications not only in Philippine archaeology but to the applied aspect of anthropology as well. “Community archaeology”, as it is called, made me realize the importance of cultural conservation and its role in Ifugao heritage. I learned to appreciate local knowledge to have a deeper understanding of Ifugao history and its people. Lastly, field school has allowed me to experience a different way of living, explore new discoveries, and create friendships that last beyond a field season."
-Charmaine Ledesma, University of Guam (2013)
"It was such a wonderful experience to work in one of the world heritage sites in the Philippines. Through the field school, students were able to go through the whole process of archaeological field study, including excavation, indoor sorting and documentation, artifacts reconstruction and contributing to the final report. We were working with the graduate students of the Archaeological Studies Program at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, who kindly shared their valuable experience with us. In addition to practicing archaeology, I appreciate that the project made us involved in the Ifugao culture. We took part in the traditional ceremony in the beginning of the excavation, helped build a traditional indigenous housing, and participated in a traditional festival. All of these showed us that Ifugao is not only a mountain area with marvelous rice terraces, but also a vivid culture that keeps interacting with its critical past. I highly recommend this project!!"
-Ellen Hsieh, UCLA (2012)
"The Ifugao Archaeological Project (IAP) Field School has been a valuable learning experience for myself. I enjoyed, and learned a lot participating in the IAP. Through IAP, I began to value fieldwork and its contribution to archaeological reconstruction of prehistory. The IAP provided me with great experience in archaeology and cultural anthropology; I participated in ethnographic work to understand local traditions and customs while excavating in the area. In the IAP, I learned to write unit reports, excavate using the arbitrary method, become proficient in artifact management, conduct surveys and maps with ease, and lastly, exercise cultural sensitivity. My perspective on archaeology has been redefined to appreciate hard-laborious fieldwork since this can result to discovering and redefining the past. The overall experience has made me competitive for Archaeology graduate studies applications (accepted by two program) and CRM employment opportunities on Guam."
-Jacy Moore, University of Guam (2013)