Legal Cuba Travel – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Cuba – Building Bridges

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

 

 


Our Purpose

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 to help youngsters revive their neighborhood.

Today, Muraleando, which means “mural making” in Spanish, is a hub for creativity and a place for the community to come together to learn art, music and dance. To achieve our purpose, work with this pioneering community by creating colorful ceramic tiles for the community and participating in dance workshops and sports games with the children, helping to both inspire children and continue the regeneration of their town.

(Volunteer Time = 12 hours, or 4 half-days)

 


What You'll Do

Engage with the vibrant community of artists, musicians and local children and adults 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 such as creating ceramic tiles for the town’s murals, 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 a Cuban Guitar Ensemble, take a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Trinidad and relive history at the Bay of Pigs.

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Legal Travel to Cuba

Discover Corps offers itineraries across Cuba that fall under the “Support for the Cuban People” license. This means that our itineraries are within the permitted categories for Cuba travel and are approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury. We will walk you through the process of obtaining a Cuban visa and ensuring you have all you need to enter and exit the country safely and with ease. Each all-inclusive trip, including Building

Bridges, features a dedicated local guide, an active itinerary, and accommodation in casas particulares, or private bed & breakfasts, allowing you to experience the real Cuba through people-to-people connections.

To learn more about the current restrictions that surround Cuba travel, visit our full FAQ guide here.

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Where You'll Stay

During your trip, you’ll have the unique opportunity to stay in casas particulares, which literally translates as private homes. Casas are essentially family-run bed & breakfasts (think AirBnB’s with private breakfast in the morning). Families invest in making sure their houses are up to international quality standards, and they greet you with Cuban hospitality – but also give you the privacy and comfort you desire.

While houses vary in style from eclectic to classical, they all provide a comfortable glimpse into Cuban life. Our portfolio of casas particulares are hand selected with prime locations that will put you right in heart of the action and have private bathrooms, air conditioning & a fresh breakfast each morning.

Ann L.

Milwaukee, WI.

Traveler's Journal

What makes international travel a beautiful experience for us is the opportunity to learn about the culture firsthand through its people, food, and music. Discover Corps designed this trip to Cuba with all of that in mind. We developed genuine connections with people we would have never had a chance to interact with otherwise, enjoyed so much delicious food, and heard music everywhere. The casa particular was an incredible opportunity to hone our Spanish and, for my 8-year-old daughter, to be immersed in the language for a week. Our tour guide gave us chances to make the trip our own during free-time and showed us the local perspective day after day.

Dates and Fees

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

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Havana, Trinidad & Cienfuegos: 8 Days

Program Cost: $2,595 Adult* / $1,995 Child*

These are our 2018 prices. Book now to lock them in before our annual price increase.

2018 Dates

November 18-25, 2018

December 23-30, 2018

2019 Dates

January 13-20, 2019

February 2-9, 2019

February 17-24, 2019

March 17-24, 2019

March 24-31, 2019

March 31-Apr 7, 2019

April 21-28, 2019

May 19-26, 2019

June 9-16, 2019

June 23-30, 2019

July 7-14, 2019

July 21-28, 2019

August 4-11, 2019

August 18-25, 2019

September 1-8, 2019

October 6-13, 2019

November 24-December 1, 2019

December 22-29, 2019

2020 Dates

January 12-19, 2020

February 2-9, 2020

February 16-23, 2020

March 15-22, 2020

March 29-April 5, 2020

April 19-26, 2020

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single room supplement: $400. 

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 casas particulares 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.

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