Castellano en Perú/Ola ka honua 2013, language, culture, and service.
with Sra. Luisa Oldmen

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Participants post atop Huayna Picchu, the younger mountain, below a view of Machu Picchu, the older mountain.Happy to be working together: CEP/OKH student paints a mural at a Lima orphanage with the help of smiling residents.The biggest smiles: So happy to find a chifa (a Chinese food restaurant), students pose in front of the entrance to Chinatown in Lima.

Spanish and Service Learning study abroad summer program

Saturday, June 15 to Saturday, July 13, 2013

Earn six (6) UH Hilo credits:

Learning from the expert: a Peruvian weaver in Cusco explains the method and design of a colorful indigenou textile to one of our CEP/OKH participants.The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers Castellano en Perú/Ola ka honua 2013, a language, culture, and service learning summer program lead by Sra. Luisa Oldmen. Program dates are from Saturday, June 15, to Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Through daily interactions with native speakers, students will be immersed in castellano—the Spanish spoken throughout Latin America. Participants will have opportunities to explore historical sites where the Inca and Pre-Inca cultures flourished. Students will also have opportunities to discover the rich Peruvian culture through music, literature, dance, and film. Participants will savor some of the most popular dishes of Perú’s world class cuisine, and under the tutelage of local chefs, they will learn to cook some of these dishes. Alongside their Peruvian peers, students will also participate in Service Learning projects that benefit local communities.That is real gold: In a visit to the Yanacocha gold mine in Cajamarca, participants wearing protective clothing, observed the process of smelting and the making of doré bars, and were given a couple of gold bars to pose for the photo.  These gold bars were quickly retrieved when the photo was taken.

Scheduled excursion include city tours of colonial Lima; Cumbemayo, Porcón and the Ramson Room in Cajamarca; the Royal Tomb of the Lord of Sipan in Chiclayo; the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, the fortress of Saccayhuman, the Cathedral in Cusco, and explore Macchu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world. In classes and study sessions, participants and local students will compare experiences and these exchanges and reflections will contribute to a keener perception of a global community.

On the way to Machu Picchu, teacher and students strike a pose in the Urubamba Sacred Valley.

“Ola ka honua” is the Hawaiian expression which conveys the idea that the world is alive because we take care of it and in turn, it takes care of us. Therefore, everyone and everything is interconnected. Through service learning projects in local communities, our participants will share their language, culture and aloha.Sharing, learning and having fun: A male student from the University of Cusco - UNSAAC, dressed in traditional regalia with a colorful chuyo (type of hat), green coat, wide red belt, black pants and white socks- teaches a huayno –a traditional indigenous dance from the Andes- to a female student from UH Hilo.

For more information, contact:

College of Continuing Education and Community Service
Phone: (808) 974-7664

Carolina Lam
Center for Global Education and Exchange
Phone: (808) 932-7488

Luisa Oldmen at

Visit our website at to share our previous programs.

Enrollment is limited.

Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

In this wide angle view of Machu Picchu, its geographic location is highlighted given the fact that it is surrounded by tall mountains that protected it.  Machu Picchu is the older mountain with the many Inka buildings, and in the background, the tallest peak, is the iconic Huayna Picchu, the younger mountain.