International Programs

We offer educational programs, research opportunities, and people-to-people exchanges across Latin America and the Caribbean. All of our programs provide participants with an opportunity to gather information conducive to their research while exploring the contemporary complexities of each country. Participants are embedded in the historical, economic, cultural and socio-political realities of the countries they visit.

Our programs strive to offer participants direct contact with a range of non-governmental groups, grassroots organizations, volunteer-run educational, health, environmental, and cultural projects. We also offer meetings with professionals in a variety of fields, specialists, journalists, educators, and other workers selected to maximize the learning experience. We can also provide opportunities to meet with community leaders and interact with independent groups.

We provide programs for Americans to explore and discover the reality of Cuba beyond the tourist scene!

Types of Programs:

All of our programs a specifically designed to meet the individuals needs of the participants.  From faculty-led student groups to civic organizations, we facilitate:

  • Educational tours
  • Research opportunities
  • People-to-people exchanges

Areas of focus include:

  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Religion and Culture
  • Language and Literature
  • Social Movements
  • Community Projects
  • Health and Education
  • Arts and Architecture

Our arrangements for Study Abroad packages include:

  • Collaborative assistance between U.S. universities and Cuban academic institutions to establish programs.
  • Assistance with navigating U.S. regulations and guidelines and with the application process for appropriate licenses and permits.
  • Initial planning trips for faculty and staff to meet with host institutions, tour facilities, and gain familiarity with Cuba, prospective itineraries, and the individuals involved in providing program services.
  • Assistance in the development of background reading materials and presentations.
  • Provision of housing, transportation (where necessary), itinerary development, field excursions, medical insurance, visas, English-speaking guides and all other in-country requirements.
  • In-country emergency contacts and assistance from English speaking Cuban specialists.
  • Appropriate and economical transportation alternatives for participants to Cuba and to point of departure for Cuba.
  • Coordination of regular and 24 hour emergency contact for students, parents, and U.S. university administration throughout the duration of the program.

To participate y one of our next programs please fill out our Cuba Program Information Form.

Activities

The itineraries of programs will include; but are not limited to, the following activities:

Debates and discussions about pressing issues with young members of the community project Espiral about topics that affect the citizens of both countries.

  • Exchanging ideas with members of the women’s group “El Barracón”. Participants will engage in discussions about the issues and challenges that face these women in their daily lives.
  • Visits to individual artists and musicians in their private home studios, having the opportunity to discuss about culture and social issues. 
  • Visits to privately owned restaurants and other small businesses and discuss the economic challenges of Cuba today. Program participants are now able to interact and dialogue with small business owners, such as family-run restaurants and home renters, to exchange ideas and experiences. 
  • Supporting small and family businesses by offering housing with Cuban families and/or visiting people’s homes.
  • Visit small rural communities and interact with private and cooperative farmers to discuss issues that affect their work and lifestyle.
  • Community engagement with the cultural group Okan Tomi. In these meetings we are able to interact within smaller groups allowing participants may get closer to their sincere opinions and point of views.
  • Visits to “Callejón de Hammel”, a community project that promotes and empowers independent artists.
  • Visits to “Casa de Estudio de José Fuster”, an art project that promotes community participation.

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