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 community 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 area’s residents.

 


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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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 community 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.

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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: US $2,395

 

  • 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)
  • October 6-13, 2018
  • November 17-24, 2018 (FF)
  • December 22-29, 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.

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