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A UNIQUE BLEND OF LEARNING SPANISH, CULTURE & DANCE, AND VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
We have developed three distinct programs that we feel capture the essence of Cuba – a meaningful cultural immersion, interacting with real Cubans. We have a network of local partners who specialize in delivery of different aspects of each program.
All three programs feature intensive Spanish language tuition in the mornings Monday to Friday. Our Learn Spanish, Dance & Culture program then adds another layer of activity to enrich your experience. Each afternoon you have a choice of dance lessons from professional/licensed instructors OR a cultural excursion curated by Vianko. During the weekends activities such as trips to the beach or an overnight trip to Vinales will ensure that you really max your time here.
Volunteering is also important to us and the longer you stay the more meaningful this becomes… everyone is encouraged to participate in our 'donativo' initiative. During the 6 week Learn Spanish & Volunteer program you will spend two weeks volunteering on the south coast doing a variety of environmental and community work.
Learn Spanish - 1 to 4 weeks (start date first Monday every month)
Learn Spanish, Dance & Culture - 4 weeks (start date first Monday every month)
Learn Spanish & Volunteer - 6 weeks (start date first Monday January, April, July & September)
Price includes intensive Spanish lessons, accommodation, breakfast & lunch (plus dinner if volunteering Punta Perdiz), cultural activities and excursions detailed in program notes
See detailed program notes on website - or send us an email!
Havana is an exciting city with many interesting neighbourhoods. However, to be experience the ‘real’ Havana you need to stay in Habana Vieja. From here you are a very comfortable walk to the best bars and nightlife, and during the daytime you will be living among the real Habanos working in shops, bars, art galleries and going about their daily lives in this atmospheric part of the city.
Havana has a unique distinction, being the safest city in the Caribbean and Latin America generally. There are a number of reasons for this, but what it means for the curious traveller is that you will be able to enjoy unprecedented access to local people as you wander around the ‘barrio’ that makes up Habana Vieja.
Staying in a ‘Casa Particulares’* you will enjoy a homestay experience. Meals are taken in the family dining area, and you will enjoy warm hospitality for which Cubans are well known – in an absence of consumerism, internet and limited TV services Cubans have become the best talkers in the world. The excellent educational system for which Cuba is famed combined with a natural curiosity to learn about the outside world, and a willingness to share insights about what it means to live in Cuba, mean that you will learn a lot from your host family and their friends.
* Casa Particulares are a government licenced ‘private homestay’ accommodation whereby Cubans are permitted to rent out one or two bedrooms in their home to paying guests. Meals are taken in the family kitchen, and you have full use of the house living areas.
Your Casa has been specially selected for its central location in ‘Habana Vieja’ and quality of service. The family understand the expectations of our clients. They are knowledgeable, speak some English, and will be able to give you guidance on what to do during your free time. The father of the owner is a doctor working with a private hospital that services visiting tourists – should you have any medical problems.
At Punta Perdiz you will be staying in a series of blockwork cabins with concrete floors and en suite (cold water only) that form the accommodation units at the Campismo. Each cabin consists of bunk beds and includes a fridge. Most Cuban guest’s at the Campismo will self cater with an outside BBQ. Our group will be self-sufficient and have a daily rota for preparation meals and cleaning, overseen by your program manager. You should bring a sheet, mosquito net and towel and will be encouraged to leave some or all of these items at the end of your stay (more ‘Donativo’!).
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