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Cuban Discovery: A People-to-People Educational Exchange

March 14-22, 2015

Seven Days/Eight Nights (see travel brochure)

• Take a walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled
with timeless Spanish colonial buildings, churches and palm-fringed plazas.
• Connect with faculty at the University of Havana*, Cuba’s oldest university
and one of the first established in the Americas, and discuss the Cuban
higher-education system.
• Tour the former residence of the Governors of Havana (Palacio de los
Capitanes Generales), a Cuban Baroque mansion and museum which
showcases colonial-era art and artifacts.
• Gain insight into Cuba’s film industry and culture at the Cuban Institute of
Cinematographic Art and Industry, created in 1959 to improve the quality
of Cuban films—focusing on education and artistic expression.
• Visit the District of Alamar, a 1970s social housing project of Soviet-style
concrete apartments—that today is home to thousands of Cubans.
– Chat with locals about organic farming at Organopónico Vivero
Alamar, one of Havana’s largest and most successful cooperative
urban gardens.
• See how art can transform a neighborhood at Muraleando, a vibrant
community outreach project founded by local residents.
• Travel south of Havana to Las Terrazas, a self-sustaining community and
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, surrounded by lush, forested hills.
– Get a rare glimpse into rural Cuba’s medical services at a local clinic.
– Sample coffee at Café Maria, where the owner and her family
welcome visitors and explain the role of coffee in Cuba’s culture.
– Learn about independent artist Lester Campa’s unique paper recycling
process at his private studio.
• Visit the home of renowned ceramicist and painter, José Rodríguez Fuster,
known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean.” See how his creative vision has
transformed the local neighborhood into a colorful, artistic landscape.
• Interact with children at a primary school* and engage with administrators
and teachers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of Cuba’s
educational system.
• See the fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for Ernest Hemingway’s book
The Old Man and the Sea, and visit Finca Vigía, the mansion where he lived
from 1939-1960.
• Meet with independent Cuban booksellers at a used book market and learn
about the culture and impact of literature on society.
• At dinners held in privately-owned restaurants or private homes known as
paladares, hear first-hand from the owners about the entrepreneurial climate
in Cuba.

• Admire the colonial architecture of Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site known as the “Pearl of the South,” and see the Punta Gorda Peninsula.
• Meet with a local choir or visit an art school and discuss the role of art and
music in Cuban society.

• Take in the charms of Trinidad, a Spanish colonial town and UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
• Learn about traditional ceramic techniques at the Casa del Alfarero, a pottery
house founded and operated by the Santander family for generations.
• Visit the beautifully restored 18th-century Hacienda de Manaca Iznaga,
located in the Valley de los Ingenios, once a center for sugar production, and
see its exhibition of plantation life in the days of slavery.
• Tour a bed and breakfast where you will learn about this new entrepreneurial
opportunity for Cubans, a business typically operated by the state.
• Join a Santeria practioner at the Templo de Yemaya, and delve into the
history and basic principles of this Afro-Cuban religion.
• Enjoy dinner in a private home (paladar), where you can meet with a
multigenerational family and experience a bit of local daily life.

• See the picturesque town of Sancti Spiritus, home to Cuba’s oldest church
and one of the original seven Cuban cities founded by the Spanish.
• Visit a ration store where the store manager will explain rationing, the two
currency system and the difference between Ration Stores, Cuban Peso Stores
and CUC stores.
• Witness how a variety of produce, meat and local products are displayed
and sold with visits to an outdoor food market and industrial goods market.

• Enjoy dance, theater and music performances by the students at the Santa
Clara Music and Performing Arts School, and hear how the performing arts
have influenced Cuban life.
• Stop at the Museum and Mausoleum of Che Guevara (time permitting).

View the travel brochure for additional details and make your reservation today!

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