Study Abroad in Cuba

Immerse yourself in the education and culture of Cuba.

Study Abroad in Cuba

Immerse yourself in the education and culture of Cuba with St. Louis Community College’s study abroad program.

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Itinerary

Day 1

March 19, 2019
Arrival and Orientation
(Meals: N/A, Meal as Per Airline, D)

  • 4 a.m. Meet at St. Louis Lambert Airport.
    • Flight from St. Louis to Jose Marti International Airport.
  • Transfer to your casa particular, and time for rest.
  • 8:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner at San Cristobal Paladar, a privately run and operated restaurant.

Day 2

March 20, 2019
History and National Identity in Cuba
(Meals: B, L)

  • Breakfast at your casa.
  • 9 a.m. Invited Speaker to your casa to give a historical overview of the development of Havana. Here you will understand the history and the current political economy of Cuba.
  • 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a guided Walking City Tour of Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Participants will have time to engage with Cubans at their art studios, galleries and markets. Participants will meet with Cuban artists and find out first-hand how artist negotiate between the tourist market, a socialist economy, and new opportunities for individual entrepreneurship.
  • Visit to the four major historical squares of Cuba. See the historian’s massive efforts to restore Old Havana buildings, attract tourism and new investment, and improve social services for local residents. See buildings and homes in different stages of reconstruction, meet with neighborhood residents.
  • Highlights include the Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza de la Cathedral. We will also visit the Taller Graffica artist workshop off of Cathedral Square.
  • 1 p.m. Exchange with the community arts project Murraleando. This Community Art Project in Havana, inspired originally by local neighborhood artists who taught art “in the streets.” Outdoor murals and sculptures, depicting fanciful celebrations of Cuban life, were a natural outgrowth of these art classes. In a country where nothing is disposable and everything is useful, broken typewriters, old telephones, tire rims, wrought-iron chair parts - all were fair game to weld and paint and turn into sculpture. The original efforts were made in conjunction with cleaning up trash dumps that had collected throughout the neighborhood. Found art objects, parks and murals now replace piles of trash and serve as gathering places for residents and visitors. We will request to meet with local artist and co-founder of the project, Manuel Díaz Baldrich Manolo.
  • 3 p.m. Lunch at Jardin de los Milagros with an intimate exchange with Gloria Rolando, Afro-Cuban film maker to discuss national identity, ethnicity and the Afro-Cuban roots in Cuban Culture. We will see her short “Dialogues with my grandmother”. She can also share with you about Santeria in Cuba today.
    http://www.afrocubaweb.com/gloriarolando/gloriarolando.htm
  • 4-5:30 p.m. Our city tour of modern Havana continues as we see main attractions with a stylish ride in classic cars. This tour will take you along the Malecón, the beautiful seaside boulevard of Havana. Its seafront wall is important for social, inspiring, and a romantic spot for all Habanero ́s. Your ride along the streets will also bring you to The Revolution Square (Plaza de la Revolución).
  • 6 p.m. Visit to the Callejon de Hamel (Hamel Alley), the epicenter to the Cuban Afro-Culture, see very original street art gallery and Rumba dance. This is a very full vibrant event in a small place. For safety please leave ALL your purses, backpacks and personal items in the bus, and have nothing in your back pockets.
  • 7 p.m. We leave back for the hotel. You have free time to rest or explore on your own.
  • Optional Salsa Dance Class!
  • Free evening. While dinner is on your own tonight the agent can make a reservation upon your request, perhaps at Tierra or El Cocinero. After dinner, enjoy the dynamic community art space of the Fabrica del Arte. We will drop you off and you can taxi back in pairs.

Day 3

March 21, 2019
Education in Cuba
(Meals: B, L)

  • Breakfast at your casa.
  • 9 a.m. Visit to the Literacy Museum in Cuba to learn about the incredible model that Cuba has inspired around the world.
  • 11 a.m. Enjoy a guided visit through the Museum of the Revolution, to learn about Cuban history from the Cuban perspective.
  • 1 p.m. Lunch at Hemingway’s Bodeguito del Medio in Old Havana
  • 2:30 p.m. Tour the University of Havana. Official meeting with university representatives.
  • 4 p.m. Enjoy a visit to an afterschool arts education programs like ProDanza (a Ballet School run by Laura Alonzo), or one of the FMC’s (the Federation of Cuban Women’s) Educa tu Hijo.
  • 6 p.m. You have free time to rest or explore on your own. You can walk to dinner tonight to El Melen or Vista Mar. Afterwards, perhaps look for where one of the ‘branch offs” of the Buena Vista Social Club are playing (either the Taberna off Plaza Vieja, or the Hotel Nacional).

Day 4

March 22, 2019
Excursion to Vinales
(Meals: B, L)

  • Breakfast at your casa.
  • 8 a.m. Today head east towards the beautiful Viñales Valley – situated in one of the most picturesque parts of Cuba, among the limestone “mogotes” hills of the Pinar del Rio province. Gigantic “mogotes” (karst formations) surround a lovely valley with rich, red earth and majestic palm trees. Visit the “Casa del Veguero” (the Tobacco Farmer’s House) or the Montesino Cigar Farm, surrounded by tobacco plantations, a get a mini-education on the subject of tobacco farming. Then enjoy a beautiful outlook at the hotel Jazmines to take some pictures.
  • For lunch we will visit Finca Paraiso hilltop organic farm and learn about sustainable farming Cuba.
  • Their family will show us around and explain the workings of the organic farm he has created. With the beautiful views as our backdrop, we will enjoy a deliciously fresh organic meal prepared by the family— a truly authentic farm-to-fork experience! Lastly we will visit the Indian Cave, and take a boat ride inside the cave.
  • Dinner and Evening are free back in Havana tonight. Perhaps enjoy the romantic patio of the Hotel Nacional for dinner and walk along them Malecon.

Day 5

March 23, 2019
Sustainable Futures
(Meals: B, L)

  • Breakfast at your casa.
  • 9 a.m. Learn about the power of organic urban farms in Cuba as we visit Alamar, on the outskirts of Havana and exchange with local gardeners. At the Organopónico Vivero Alamar we will engage with one of Havana's largest and most successful urban garden, a Unidad Básica de Producción Cooperativa (Basic Unit of Cooperative Production). Covering 11 hectares in Alamar, a residential suburb, the allotment's rows of vegetables are overshadowed by grey Soviet-style blocks of flats. Though small, the garden (really more of an urban farm) is incredibly productive. As well as fresh vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants, seedlings, timber and medicinal and spiritual plants, the cooperative also produces dried herbs, condiments, garlic paste, tomato sauce and pickles; vermicompost, compost and substrates; goat and rabbit meat and mycorrhizal fungi. The Organopónico also welcomes tourists and holds workshops and courses in organic agriculture. We will request Isis, the founder’s, Manuel’s, daughter.
  • 11 a.m. Depart for Finca Vigia, the Ernest Hemingway Museum and learn about this important North American writer and the time he lived in Cuba. Then we will visit the fishing town of Cojimar, located east of Havana. Visit the home of his dear friend the late Gregorio Fuentes who accompanied Hemingway in all his adventures through the waters of the Gulf. Visit La Terraza de Cojímar and appreciate all the pictures of Hemingway in Cojímar during the fifties.
  • 1 p.m. Lunch at Ajiaco Paladar
  • 2:30 p.m. Afterwards visit the bustling San Jose Craft Market to view inverse expressions of Cuban art as you interact with some of the resident artists housed in this renovated warehouse built in the 1880s. Enjoy fee time in Old Havana.
  • 4:30 p.m. Pick up and drop off at hotel.
  • 7 p.m. Farewell Dinner at La Guarida restaurant with invited guest Roberto Perez from Fanj. The Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature & Humanity (FANJ) is a cultural and scientific non-governmental institution, dedicated to research and promotion of programs and projects for the protection of the environment as it relates to culture and society. He is a specialist in sustainable development and agroecology. www.fanj.org/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy_AwUuTuNs
  • 9:30 p.m. If you are still up for live music, on own enjoy live Cuban jazz at La Zora y El Cuervo or the Casa de Musica. We can drop you off and you can cab back.

Day 6

March 24, 2019
Hasta Luego
(Meals: B)

  • Breakfast at your casa.
  • 9 a.m. Check out.
  • Transfer to Jose Marti International Airport for our flight back to US.

Program Price Includes

  • Airfare and airport transfers
  • Local transportation to listed attractions and events
  • Lodging
  • All Taxes and service fees are included for items and services indicated above.
  • Visa and applicable fees for US residents.
  • Cuban departure tax.
  • Continuing Education tuition
  • Assistance of a partner office throughout your tour.
  • Fulltime, professional, bilingual guide throughout the tour.
  • Cuban mandatory Insurance (health and evacuation).
  • Tips & Gratuity for bus drivers, tour guides, and included meals.
  • Tuition for the Continuing Education class.

Items Not Included in the Program Price:

  • Expenses and items not specifically mentioned in itinerary.
  • Taxes, service charges, and gratuities other than those prepaid items indicated above.
  • Items of a personal nature, such as beverages, snacks, meals, laundry, baggage fees, souvenirs, etc. except where noted.

Each passenger is allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item. The first checked bag is $25 per passenger, per direction. This is confirmed and paid upon check-in online 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport upon arrival if not available prior to that.

Additional Important Information:

  • Valid passport (not included in price) is required for this tour.
  • Please note that all passengers require at least 2 blank consecutive pages in their passports and passports should be valid for at least 6 months following the departure date.
  • STLCC recommends that you purchase additional optional health and travel insurance.

Program Requirements

  • All STLCC Cuba Spring Break 2019 participants will be enrolled in a Continuing Education class.
  • A mandatory pre-departure orientation meeting will be scheduled for approximately one month before departure.
  • The program requires the ability to walk long distances on pavement and gravel paths.
  • All students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Program Fees

The program fee is $2730* per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 20 participants.

Single supplement may be available for additional $230 per person.

Payment Schedule

You can follow this payment schedule, pay quicker with larger payments, or pay all at once:

  • Immediate deposit to secure your spot - $250
  • By Sep 20, 2018 - $250
  • By Oct 20, 2018 - $700
  • By Nov 20, 2018 - $700
  • By Dec 20, 2018 - $830

Cancellation Policy

  • lTo receive a full refund, participants must cancel before October 20, 2018.
  • Penalties imposed by vendors will apply for canceling after October 20, 2018.
  • No refunds for cancellation on or after November 18, 2018.

STLCC strongly recommends that all participants purchase additional insurance to cover trip interruption and cancellation.

*Price may change due to taxes, fees and rate increases imposed by outside vendors.

STLCC Cuba Spring Break 2019 Study Tour Leader

Chris Sulincevski is the international education coordinator at STLCC and has organized, managed, and led study abroad programs since 1998. Chris has an extensive world travel experience and he speaks several languages.

Registration

The registration is closed because it has reached the maximum class limit.

We have started a waitlist.

Please contact Chris Sulincevski to be wait listed.

Contact Information

Christopher Sulincevski
International Programs Coordinator
314-644-9671
csulincevski@stlcc.edu

Disclaimer

St. Louis Community College has made every reasonable effort to determine that the information stated in this brochure is accurate. Courses offered and other matters contained herein are subject to change without notice by the administration and/or Board of Trustees of the College for reasons related to enrollment, finances, scheduling, costs, or for any other reason. The College further reserves the right to add, amend or repeal any of the rules, regulations, policies, or procedures applicable to the program offered herein. Travel, housing, meals, and other logistical arrangements are provided by an independent contractor not affiliated with the College and the College assumes no responsibility therefore. Participants will be required to sign a statement releasing the college from any liability in connection with the program offered herein or the services provided by the independent contractor. Insurance coverage is recommended. The College is not responsible for losses resulting from lack of any insurance coverage.

Non-Discrimination Statement

St. Louis Community College is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunities in its admissions, educational programs, activities and employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran and shall take action necessary to ensure non-discrimination.

For information or concerns relating to discrimination matters, contact the Director of Student Conduct and Title IX Coordinator, Mary Zabriskie, at 314-539-5345.

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