Cuba – Building Bridges

Volunteer alongside youth in a colorful Havana neighborhood. Engage in citizen diplomacy as relations improve between the U.S. and Cuba.
$2,695 Adult* / $1,995 Child*



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.

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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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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Natural Cuba (3 days/ 2 nights)

For a completely different Cuban experience, head West to the beautiful countryside on this post-trip extensions. Experience Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and enjoy freshly prepared coffee from local plantations before meeting with local farmers and artisans from the small eco-village that calls the area home. In the afternoon, visit the famous San Juan River and soak in the waterfalls and natural swimming pools. On day two we discover what is possibly the most enchanting region of

Cuba – the Viñales Valley. Huge rocky cliffs line the lush valley, dotted with small farms and traditional villages. Spend the morning at one of the largest orchid gardens in Cuba followed by a visit to an agro-ecological farm where you will see Cuba’s organic farming heritage in practice. Our visit will culminate with a delicious lunch overlooking the valley alongside the staff of the farm before a guided tour of the town. Request an itinerary or visit here to learn more!

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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.

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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: $2,695 Adult* / $1,995 Child*

2022 Dates

February 20-27, 2022

March 27-April 3, 2022

April 3-10, 2022

June 19-26, 2022

July 17-24, 2022

July 31-August 7, 2022

October 9-16, 2022

November 20-27, 2022

December 26-January 2, 2023

  • * 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 cultural 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 support for the Cuban people program

Does NOT include

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

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Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

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