Frank and Carla Hawkins Sponsor Student Trip to Ecuador
On May 10-19, Frank Hawkins, part-time lab assistant for modern languages, and Carla Hawkins, assistant professor of modern languages, traveled with nine HPU students to Quito, Ecuador, for a class on Ecuadorian culture and history.
The group’s home base in Quito was a guesthouse for local missionaries and international missions volunteers. During the trip, the group visited historical and cultural locations, including churches, museums and monuments, in and around the capital. The students learned about the equator and indigenous cultures at the Inti-Ñan (Path of the Sun) Museum; the history of Quito at the City Museum; and current indigenous handicrafts, food and culture at the world-famous Otavalo Market. The group also experienced first-hand Ecuador’s diverse geography by participating in adventure sports such as zip-lining in Mindo, rafting on the Pastaza River and hiking to three waterfalls close to Baños. On the last day of the trip, the students rode the Quito cable car to an elevation of 13,500 feet, where they enjoyed a panoramic view of the city and pristine snow-covered volcanos to the east.
Students who participated are Robert Anders, Katelyn Bare, Dennis Benitez, Tonie Contreras, Justine Ferrell-Raborn, Mark Jimenez, Jose Lopez, Guadalupe Vidales and Lisa Whitfield.