UH Hilo Summer 2019 study abroad programs highlight New Zealand and India

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Date: Monday, January 7, 2019
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Two University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo faculty members are leading study abroad programs in Summer 2019 to New Zealand and India. Participants can choose from a hybrid study abroad program with an emphasis on Indigenous Worldviews to New Zealand led by Sociology Professor Dr. Alton Okinaka, or a three-week journey to India led by History Professor Dr. Michael Skinner. Deadline to apply for either program is Friday, February 15, 2019.

The New Zealand summer program begins with a four-week course (June 17 - July 11, 2019) in Hilo, which includes instructional teaching and cultural orientation to equip participants with cultural knowledge and skills needed for a two-week in-depth immersion program (July 12 - 18, 2019) with local families at their marae (Maori for “meeting grounds”). Instructional teaching will be led by Dr. Alton Okinaka with cultural protocol training led by Lehua Waipa Ah Nee, a 2008 alumna of UH Hilo. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive six upper-division Sociology credits. Details can be found online at go.hawaii.edu/EBf.

The India summer program takes participants on a journey to six different cities, starting in Mumbai, and ending in Delhi (June 3 - 23, 2019). Program highlights include a stop at the Taj Mahal and a culinary class at an Indian home. Dr. Michael Skinner has more than 20 years of experience with India, including as a Fulbright Scholar. Participants who successfully complete the program will earn three upper-division History credits. Details about the program can be found online at go.hawaii.edu/fBB.

For more information, contact UH Hilo’s Center for Global Education and Exchange at uhhglobe@hawaii.edu or at 932-7488.


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