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Hello! My name is Jacqui Birchall. I am a retired Surrey (BC) high school teacher. My students and I travelled to Cuba with this wonderful people. It was an amazing experience for my students, students who cried as we left Cuba. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about how to organize your trip and any other questions you may have about Cuba. I have been lucky enough to have spent time teaching in Cuba and I have travelled extensively throughout the island. I invite you to take your classroom to Cuba with us!
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NOW American Students can Travel to Cuba Legally from USA

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Are you a US professor looking for Spanish immersion legal Cuba tours from USA for your students? Are you a US students looking for Spanish immersion Cuba travel opportunities? Are you dreaming of accelerating your study of Spanish language development by traveling to Cuba for a couple of weeks? If so we cannot think of a better classroom that the University of Havana. Founded in 1728, it also holds the distinction of being one of the first universities to be founded in the Americas.

Cuba Student Travel offers Spanish Immersion Cuba Tours at the University of Havana for US High Schools, Colleges and Universities. NOW American Students can Travel to Cuba Legally from USA.

Accredited US schools and universities can travel to Cuba under a General License (no application necessary) if participating in an educational program as part of a course offered for credit by the sponsoring institution. US high school Cuba travel is a different process. American students traveling to Cuba and US high schools going to Cuba must obtain a Specific License prior to the Cuba travels, but we can help with this too. Just call us and we will make all arrangements for your American high school to visit to Cuba in a legal way.

Situated in Havana’s Vedado district, Universidad de La Habana, or the University of Havana is the oldest university in the island nation. The best classroom for students going to Cuba on Spanish Immersion tours to develop their skills fast. Founded in 1728, it also holds the distinction of being one of the first universities to be founded in the Americas.

Take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity for US schools to visit Cuba legally. Now is the time to start planning the Spanish immersion Cuba travel for your students. American students traveling to Cuba consider it a lifetime experience. Request a custom-made no-obligation Spanish Immersion Cuba Tour for your students, and check some of the resources we put at your service for free.

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With customizable Cuba study tours, it is easy to offer North American Universities and Schools the educational experiences they expect out of Cuba travel. Not only is there a Cuba study trip to fit any group size, educational interest and budget, but each one also immerses Canadian and US Professors and students in the authentic Cuba and takes you deep into the heart and soul of the Cuban people.

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  • Nice, Safe, Clean 3 & 4 Star Hotels
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  • Complimentary Professor(s) Participation
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  • An Expert Cuban English Speaking Guide
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    Are you a US K-12 teacher, university or school professor looking to visit Cuba before taking your students in a legal way? Check these Cuba Education Tours!

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  • Day 1. Saturday. Spanish immersion tours to Cuba take place in Havana

    Spanish immersion tours to Cuba take place in Havana. Most students traveling to Cuba from USA will arrive at the Havana City airport.

    Your Cuba adventure begins right after meeting with your dedicated Cuba Student Travel guide at the airport.

    Transfer to your Hotel Colina (or similar) located next to the University of Havana, your Spanish immersion Cuban school for the next two weeks.

    Private group check-in.

    Cuba education tours include breakfast and dinner complimentary at the hotel everyday.

    Day 2. Sunday. Cuba Student Travel visits Old Havana

    Morning: students travelling to Cuba appreciate a guided walking tour of Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site for starts.

    The authentic Cuba travel experience begins with a visit to the Plaza de Armas, and ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers and surrounded by impressive buildings such as Palacio de los Capitanes Generales was the former seat of colonial government, El Templete, Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and the Palace of the Counts of Santovenia.

    Cuba travel for American students should feature authentic venues such as La Mina restaurant where US students visiting Cuba can enjoy traditional Cuban dishes and music live!

    Next the Cuba school travel continues on to Plaza de La Catedral, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza of Cuba, named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Cathedral of Havana built by the Jesuit order.

    Cuba travel for students also features a visit to Plaza de San Franciso, one of the oldest in Old Havana.

    A guided tour of Plaza Vieja is another highlight of the travel experience to Cuba for students. This colonial square is surrounded by Cuba’s foremost art galleries today.

    Student Cuba travel includes shopping time in the famous handicraft market of Old Havana, an authentic Cuba attraction where students can purchase souvenirs by Cuban artisans.

    Return to hotel.

    Evening: Cuba Student Travel has arranged for a Cuban band to play for our Spanish immersion students tonight!

    Day 3. Monday. Spanish Immersion Program Assessment

    Morning: Spanish immersion Cuba travel kicks off today. The Cuba Student Travel tour guide will introduce US students to the Spanish language instructors at the University of Havana.

    Spanish Immersion Cuba Tours for US high schools, colleges and universities begin with a written and oral assessment of the students’ language level: beginner, elementary, intermediate or advanced. Students will be assigned to classrooms according to their level.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: a visit to Callejon de Hamel is a highlight of the Cuba Student Travel experience. An alleyway street caught in Centro Habana neighborhood where an effort of cultural rescue and expansion led by fine artist Salvador González has been underway since 1990. Salvador’s murals and sculptures have taken over entire buildings’ facades, and are inspired by Afrocuban culture and religions. Afterwards we'll meet Salvador Gonzales at his studio.

    Evening: Cuba tours visiting Havana must attend a baseball game at Latinoamericano Stadium, the largest in the Caribbean island. And that’s where Cuba Student Travel is heading tonight.

    Day 4. Tuesday. Cuba Educational Travel Cultural Enrichment

    Morning: student Cuba travel for American schools feature 3-hour Spanish immersion classes at the University of Havana each morning.

    Cuba educational travel should be about meeting with Cubans from all walks of life in their own environments. A visit to Jaimanitas coastal town serves this purpose well as students visiting Cuba can meet with ordinary fisherman as they go about their daily routines. This is also the home of renowned Cuban visual artists Jose Fuster who will host a private lunch for students participating in the Cuba Student Travel.

    Afternoon: travel to Cuba for students is enriched by a tour of the most important sites of Modern Havana such as the Capitol building, the Grand Theatre, Central Park, Prado promenade, Sevilla Hotel, Revolution Square, Malecón seawall, Monument to the Battleship Maine, Hotel Nacional, University of Havana, Cristóbal Colón Cemetery, and the Miramar, Central Havana and Vedado neighbourhoods. USA students traveling to Cuba will be able to appreciate the urban development of the city as a modern metropolis at the end of this afternoon.

    Evening: the Cuba travel experience for American students attending Spanish Immersion programs in Havana is greatly enhanced by exposure to Cuban music. Tonight US students will enjoy Afrojazz, Cubajazz and Sonjazz at Club La Zorra y El Cuervo, Havana’s most famous Jazz club.

    Day 5. Wednesday. Spanish Immersion in Regla Town

    Morning: student Cuba travel for American schools feature 3-hour Spanish immersion classes at the University of Havana each morning.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: a ferry boat ride across Havana harbour to the town of Regla is another cultural enriching experience of the Cuba travels for American students. This Afrocuban community has a long, rich and still active tradition of African-inspired religions.

    We'll visit Regla's church dedicated to the black "Virgen de Regla" Yemayá, the African goddess of the sea in the Yoruba religion and the patron saint of sailors.

    Tour of Regla's municipal museum to learn the origins of this unique community and its Afrocuban cultures.

    Cuba travel for American high schools, colleges and universities feature a private Afrocuban religious dance presentation by Regla Folkloric Group.

    Return to your hotel.

    Day 6 Thursday. Havana

    Morning: student Cuba travel for American schools feature 3-hour Spanish immersion classes at the University of Havana each morning.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Spanish immersion Cuba tours visit the community-based project Cintio Vitier in Nuevo Vedado neighbourhood. Students traveling to Cuba benefit from learning about grass roots community projects. Offering painting, papier-mâché, drama, music, and dance workshops to Cuba students, director Pedro Pulido gets the whole community involved in artistic development.

    Evening: attending The Fire of the Cannon of 9 O’Clock at the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabana it is a must-visit in Cuba tours attempting to immerse North American students in the local culture and history of the Caribbean island.

    Day 7. Friday. Cuba Travel broadens the Mind!

    Morning: student Cuba travel for American schools feature 3-hour Spanish immersion classes at the University of Havana each morning.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Cuba Student Travel features a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts' Cuban Collection where we Cuba school travel students can see the evolution of Cuba's visual arts over the last 300 years. Cuba travel broadens the mind!

    Evening venue: visit to Casa de La Musica de Miramar_ a treat of the authentic Cuba travel experience. A great opportunity to Rueda de Casino and Salsa dancing with Cubans and your tour companions to live music of Cuban best salsa bands such as Los Van Van, Paulito FG, La Charanga Habanera, Adalberto Alvarez, and many others! Even though it is FUN this is also an educational Cuba travel component of our student travels to Cuba.

    Day 8. Saturday. Havana- Las Terrazas- Vinales

    Cuba travel for schools should take students to tour Cuba beyond the Cuban capital of Havana City.

    Morning departure to Las Terrazas, in Sierra del Rosario where we start the morning tour of the rural town at Rancho Curujey for explanation of the area.

    Enjoy the view of the village that lies above the shores of San Juan Lake and beneath the mountains.

    We also visit the home/studios of local artists and artisans.

    Visit to rural Primary and Secondary schools.

    Visit to the ruins of a French Coffee Plantation built in 1801.

    Continue to La Moka, an ecological hotel with trees growing up through the balconies and ceiling.

    Later we can take a swim at San Juan River cascades and pools. Lunch by the river.

    Check-in at Los Jasmines hotel with breakfast and dinner included.

    Day 9. Sunday. Vinales- US Students are off on their Cuba Travels again

    Student travel to Cuba is a process of continually discovering new aspects of the Cuban culture by exploring picturesque towns and landscapes. The exploration of Viñales Valley is an enriching cultural experience of our travels to Cuba for US students. The valley is particularly famous for its great freestanding rock formations called mogotes. US Students are off on their Cuba travels again.

    Lunch at Cueva del Indio restaurant.

    After lunch we will visit the Cueva del Indio, used by the Guanahatabey Amerindians as a burial site in ancient time, and as refuge from the Spaniards for both Indians and Black slaves alike. We’ll take a short boat ride on the subterranean river running through the cave.

    Meet with local farmers that have been passing from generation to generation the secrets of growing the best tobacco in the world.

    Visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, a huge painting on the side of a Mogote.

    Explore Viñales Village at your leisure: its open-air craft market, Parque Marti, town church, and other interesting sites of this charming colonial hamlet.

    Visit Carmen and Caridad Miranda’s botanical and herb garden, called the Viñales Botanical Garden. The two widows maintain a garden full of fruits, orchids and medicinal plants.

    Transfer back to your hotel in Havana City.

    Day 10. Monday. Havana

    Morning: student Cuba travel for American schools feature 3-hour Spanish immersion classes at the University of Havana each morning.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Cuba travel for US schools should include a guided tour of the Museum of Revolution, the former Presidential Palace. Today it exhibits the history of the Cuban Revolution through documents and objects among which we find the famous Yacht Granma that returned Fidel and his 82 guerilla fighters from Mexico to Cuba to launch the struggle for liberation from the Batista dictatorship.

    Other historic artifacts include military vehicles and weaponry from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, a U-2 spy plane shot down during the Cuban missile crisis, and items from Cuba’s nineteenth-century wars of independence.

    Evening: free to explore the city on your own and spend time with your classmates and new Cuban friends.

    Day 11. Tuesday. Havana

    Morning: student Cuba travel for American schools feature 3-hour Spanish immersion classes at the University of Havana each morning.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon:visit to Partagas Cigar Factory, founded in 1845 by Spaniard Don Jaime Partagas. Don Jaime owned many of the best plantations in the Vuelta Abajo tobacco-growing region of Cuba and being able to choose from among the finest tobaccos on the island made the brand Partagas incredibly successful.

    Don Jaime is also believed to have experimented with various methods of fermenting and aging tobacco and is legendarily credited with hiring the first lector to read to and entertain the cigar rollers as they worked. Before and after the Revolution, the Cuban-produced Partagás has been one of the most revered and highest-selling brands of cigars in the world (optional/ not included)

    Evening: free to explore the city on your own and spend time with your classmates and new Cuban friends.

    Day 12. Wednesday. Havana

    Morning: student Cuba travel for American schools feature 3-hour Spanish immersion classes at the University of Havana each morning.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: visit to Taller Experimental de Gráfica (Experimental Printing Workshop), a cooperative of young Cuban artists whom can be found working on their lithographs over stone matrices in the large, airy building. The variety of colors, sizes, and content of the prints is wide, including pieces with recognizable Cuban icons, bold black and white woodcuts.

    Evening venue: visit to Habana Cafe. A great opportunity to practice Rueda de Casino and Sala dancing with Cubans and your tour companions to live music of Cuban best salsa bands such as Los Van Van, Paulito FG y su Elite, La Charanga Habanera, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, NG La Banda, and many others (optional/ entrance fee not included)

    Day 13. Thursday. Havana

    Morning: student Cuba travel for American schools feature 3-hour Spanish immersion classes at the University of Havana each morning.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: visit the studios of important Cuban contemporary artists such as Alicia Leal and Juan Moreira, Britos’ Sisters, Ernesto Benitez and others young prominent artists.

    Evening: attend baseball game at Latinoamericano Stadium, popularly known in Cuba as "The Colossus of Cerro” is home of Ciudad Habana Industriales. The stadium holds 55,000 people. In 1999, it hosted an exhibition series between Cuban National Team and the Baltimore Orioles (optional).

    Day 14. Friday. Havana

    Morning: student Cuba travel for American schools feature 3-hour Spanish immersion classes at the University of Havana each morning.

    Havana University will present course participants with Certificate of Completion for their study of the Spanish Language. Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Free. Evening venue: visit to Casa de La Musica de Miramar. A great opportunity to Rueda de Casino and Salsa dancing with Cubans and your tour companions to live music of Cuban best salsa bands such as Los Van Van, Paulito FG, La Charanga Habanera, Adalberto Alvarez, and many others (entrance fee not included).

    Day 15. Saturday. Departure

    Early morning departure to Havana City International Airport for departure.

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