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Learn Spanish & Volunteer - Havana

Learn Spanish & Volunteer - Havana

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Flight tickets are not included. Our travel advisors will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together.
What's included?
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Flight tickets are not included. Our travel advisors will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together.
What's included?
Duration
15 days
Starts in
Havana
Ends in
Havana
Group size
6

A two week ‘cultural immersion’ program to help you enjoy and understand what’s happening in Cuba right now! Our volunteer placements will help you connect with Cuban people, understand their culture and history, and turbo charge your Spanish language tuition.

As with all our programs, this program includes accommodation, breakfast & lunch throughout, plus Spanish language tuition, meaningful volunteer placements and other activities.

This program can be combined with other programs to make longer duration and more varied experience.

Itinerary

Learn Spanish & Volunteer - Havana

About Your Location

Havana is an exciting city with many interesting neighbourhoods. However, to experience the "real" Havana you should stay in Habana Vieja (old Havana). Here you are located next to the best bars and nightlife, and during the daytime you will be living among the real Habanos working in shops, bars, art galleries and going about their daily lives in this atmospheric part of the city. Havana has a unique distinction, being the safest city in the Caribbean and Latin America generally. There are a number of reasons for this, but what it means for the curious traveller is that you will be able to enjoy unprecedented access to local people as you wander around the ‘barrio’ that makes up Habana Vieja.

Learn Spanish & Volunteer Program

Below you will find more information for this two week program and volunteer placement.

Spanish Lessons

Your Spanish classes take place in the morning from Monday to Friday 09:00-11:45. The sessions comprise of 3 x 45-minute lessons spaced with 15 minute breaks, which makes 15 hours per week. The lessons are held at Casa Jakera by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher. On the first morning there will be a short test to establish your level and requirements. We cater for students at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Volunteer Placement - Havana

Our volunteering begins with a group ‘orientation’ walk around Habana Vieja & Centro, during which we stop and visit our projects; to discuss the issues and bring everyone comfortably up to speed and feeling welcome. Work begins the next day, and depending where our need is greatest will include a combination of the following projects:

Sports Complejo
The sports complejo has been the main sports facility for all the schools in Habana Vieja for generations. It is a very established facility but lacks basic facilities. Sports run at this location include; baseball, volleyball, athletics, wrestling, basketball and judo in the near future. We support sports in Cuba whenever possible, the benefits sports bring to society are well known to Cubans and we follow their lead. Our work as volunteers includes, renovation and maintenance of facilities, donating equipment, assisting in sports training and hosting sports events and matches.

Suspiro Community center
Suspiro is an energetic and forward thinking community center, which serves both children and adults in the local community. The majority of the services are allocated to kids between 5-18, acting as a center for extra curricular education, supporting nearby schools and providing other supports to those students in need.

Activities the center runs for the kids include further school education as well as social care and social education. Qualified social workers support qualified teachers and local volunteers at the center, in an effort to give all the children the required attention.

Our volunteers have an important role at the center, assisting local staff and teachers in their social work and furthering school educational activities - adding fresh energy to the environment. Our volunteers also upgrade the facilities to help improve the functioning and aesthetics of the centre.

La Moneda Cubana
This is a government organisation dedicated to helping youths get into work, focusing on those individuals who have left their studies early, having made an attempt to find work on the streets. This program helps those youths to reintegrate into established working life, gaining qualifications, training and experience along the way. Education at the center includes culinary skills, services to the tourist industry and social skills.

Our volunteers assist with facilities upgrades as well as bringing donations and hosting social interactions with the centers student clients in order to help energise the center and improve outcomes.

Paseo Del Prado
Weekends are generally free but we also include activities to help you enjoy your surroundings. On Saturdays, weather permitting, we take a trip to the beaches that lie 30 mins by ‘collectivo’ taxi or bus, immediately east of the city, known as Playas del Este. Sunday afternoon from 12:00-15:00, we take a short walk to the famous Paseo del Prado, where a collective of local artists give free ‘arts and crafts’ lessons to local kids. We bring supplies to donate as well as helping out, depending what’s going on. It’s all very casual and a great way to enjoy and learn about the diversity of local art, as well as mingling with the locals and helping out the kids.

Discover Cuba Culutural Tours

Three Cultural Tours are included in your 2 week program.
Hop onto a Wah-Wah (fume belching local bendy bus) or Colectivo (classic car/communal taxi) and take to the streets to discover the real Habana. Understand how Habaneros live; the practical day to day issues they face living in this complicated country at this exciting time, and help us take away some answers to our own ‘first world’ problems!

We take you on an adventure to help you understand and enjoy the history of Cuba and Habana. Understand the source of her amazing wealth, the rich cultural mix, marvel at the faded patina of Habana’s famous gorgeous neo classical architecture, the rumble of classic American cars, curious soviet era high rise buildings, ubiquitous live music on every street, dance, exotic religions etc etc the list is endless.

You will quickly feel at home, gain the knowledge and confidence to enjoy the city during your own time, with new found traveller and Cuban friends. You have been immersed into the Cuban culture - enjoy!

NOTE: Donations from abroad
We ask for all participants to bring a small amount of needed equipment, for donation purposes, when coming to Cuba. The local team will then undertake the responsibility of distributing the needed donations amongst the various outlets with whom we work. Recommended items for donation include sports equipment and arts & crafts, and can be second hand or new. Thank you.

Weekend Excursions

For two weekends you will be accompanied on a daytrip to a beautiful white sand beach directly east of Havana. Journey time is 30 minutes by bus and you will enjoy the exhilarating rollers that break on these pristine sandy beaches.

Inclusions

- Spanish lessons each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45, you will receive intensive Spanish language tuition comprising of 3 x 45 minute lessons spaced with 15 minute breaks. On the first morning there will be a short test to establish your level and requirements.
- Accommodation
- Breakfast and lunch
- Three ‘Discover Cuba’ cultural excursions.
- Volunteer placements and support per timetable and descriptions above.
- Two weekends will feature a guided trip to the beach.

Requirements

- Police Clearance Certificate
- Due to local considerations, the maximum age for this project is 35 years.

Summary

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
None

Activities

There are lots of museums, great restaurants and bars and clubs you can visit while in Havana.

Accommodation

You accommodation is either a dorm room at ‘Casa Jakera’, a licensed Casa Particulare, or a twin room in a Casa Particulare. Casa Particulares are government licenced ‘private homestay’ accommodation whereby Cubans are permitted to rent out one or two bedrooms in their home to paying guests. However, the licensing regime has recently been extended to include larger hostal style accommodation.

Casa Jakera features dorm and twin bedrooms, separate shower and toilet facilities, dining rooms and lots of comfortable indoor and outdoor space, including a spacious roof terrace. Here you can enjoy hanging out with new friends or chilling on your own to enjoy the cool breezes and great views of the streets below. As with most of Havana you will enjoy taking in the atmosphere in this central location which is truly unique.

Should you wish to book additional nights, this can be done via your travel advisor at a rate of 35 EUR per night per person in a shared room.

Local transport

Arrival transfer is included only if you have chosen this option (against a fee). Local transportation during the program is at own cost.

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included

Learn Spanish & Volunteer - Havana

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