Cuba – Building Bridges

Volunteer alongside youth in a colorful Havana neighborhood. Engage in citizen diplomacy as relations between the U.S. and Cuba warm.

 

 


The Place and The People

The community of Lawton, just outside of Old Havana, was a typical barrio of Havana in distress. The economic hardships of the 90’s and lack of resources led to many children dropping out of school and urban decay to take hold. That was until a pioneering community art center called Muraleando was formed.

Today, Muraleando, which means “mural making” in Spanish, is a hub for creativity and a place for the area’s children to come together to learn art, music and dance. The goal of the project is to not only improve the aesthetics of Lawton through inspiring artwork and murals, but improve community cohesion and provide a creative outlet for the youth.

 


What You'll Do

Engage with the vibrant community of artists, musicians and local children who call Muraleando a second home. Here we’ll help to revitalize the neighborhood of Lawton and further the mission of community cohesion that Muraleando promotes. This includes implementing art projects with the youth, repairing the nearby soccer fields, playing sports together as well as a range of other meaningful activities.

At the end of the day, this will culminate in a meaningful contribution to the community as well as a sense of shared purpose as ties continue to grow between the U.S. and Cuba.


What You'll See

In addition to connecting with the community, explore the main sites of Havana, a city overflowing with art, music and dance. Enjoy salsa dancing classes with the local community, visit the home of Ernest Hemingway and sample some its amazing cuisine.

Take an overnight journey to the colonial towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Revel in a private performance by the Cienfuegos Choir, take a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Trinidad and relive history at the Bay of Pigs.

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Itinerary Overview

Wake up with a fresh breakfast of Cuban fruit and juice at your casa particulare, or local bed & breakfast. Afterwards, head over to Muraleando for a morning of service with the children of Lawton. Some days may focus on an art project while others on sports or activities.

Enjoy lunch with the staff of Muraleando followed by an afternoon experiencing Cuban culture firsthand.

This includes ceramic making classes, dance classes, and tours of the main sites of Havana. Two days of the trip will also be spent visiting the colorful southern cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos.

Later in the afternoon, enjoy some free time in Havana before a relaxing dinner together sampling some of the cuisine that Cuba is best known for.

Day 1 + 2

Hit the ground running in Havana by exploring colonial plazas, the Malecon seaside boardwalk and the maze of backstreets. We’ll head to the neighborhood of Lawton on the outskirts of old Havana to settle into our bed and breakfast accommodation and then begin our work with the Muraleando community art program.

Day 3

Participate in a range of art, dance and sports activities with the children, including painting and repairing soccer fields. We’ll learn more about the history of Havana and enjoy a lesson in Cuban dancing. There’ll also be a chance to sample a wide range of mouthwatering local cuisine.

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Where You'll Stay

Andrew M.

San Diego, CA

Traveler's Journal

Before I founded Discover Corps, I worked for an international non-profit organization. During that time I had the privilege of traveling to Cuba over 20 times. I have developed a network of fascinating local people who welcome us as friends. I’m excited to be able to share this beautiful — and often misunderstood — island with the Discover Corps community.

Dates and Fees

We offer serveral Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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Havana, Trinidad & Cienfuegos: 8 Days

Program Cost: US $2,395

 

  • June 24-July 1, 2017 (FF)
  • July 1-8, 2017 (FF)
  • July 15-22, 2017 (FF)
  • August 12-19, 2017 (FF)
  • October 7-14, 2017
  • Nov 4-11, 2017
  • Dec 26, 2017-Jan 2, 2018 (FF)
  • January 13-20, 2018
  • February 3-10, 2018
  • February 17-24, 2018
  • March 17-24, 2018 (FF)
  • March 24-31, 2018 (FF)
  • March 31-April 7, 2018 (FF)
  • April 7-14, 2018
  • May 12-19, 2018
  • June 9-16, 2018 (FF)
  • June 23-30, 2018 (FF)
  • July 7-14, 2018 (FF)
  • July 14-21, 2018 (FF)
  • August 4-11, 2018 (FF)

 

*Double occupancy.  Single room supplement: $400. FF = Family Friendly

Have questions about the logistics and legalities of traveling to Cuba? Contact us at (619) 758-3030.

What's Included?

Discover Corps trips include exclusive, guided programming, including expertly curated people-to-people activities; insider access to Cuba’s famous places and those rarely seen; and private meetings and discussions with Cuban experts.  Additionally,your trip fee includes:

  • Small group touring: between 6-15 travelers
  • Bilingual expert Cuban guide
  • Private Cuban driver
  • Pure bottled water while touring
  • All meals in Cuba
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at restaurants or in Cuban families’ homes
  • 5 nights accommodation in casas particulares in Havana
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Cienfuegos
  • All scheduled activities
  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via air-conditioned van
  • Discover Corps Cuba pre-departure booklet
  • 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline
  • Tips for luggage handling, restaurants, and programmed activities throughout tour*
  • Legal documentation of your people-to-people program

Does NOT include

  • Tips for Cuban guide and driver
  • International airfare
  • Cuban visa

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

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