With No Barriers Youth
No Barriers Youth offers a variety of educational group travel experiences in Cuba designed to immerse participants in the beautiful people and culture while encouraging them to think objectively about the history and current political climate of this controversial country. Participants can:
- Engage with graduate students and professors at the University of Havana and discuss the current evolution of US/Cuba relations
- Tour the Havana Historical Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a guided tour of the Museum of the Revolution
- Be immersed in Cuba’s urban agriculture movement by visiting the organic farms and cooperatives
- Enjoy the music of Cuba as you participate in a dance lesson
- Tour the Che Guevara Monument and Mausoleum
- Much, much more!
From Cuban jazz and cigars, to Castro and Guantanamo Bay, there are a multitude of sights, sounds and topics to engage any student travel group eager to learn about this complex country.
The largest island in the Caribbean, CUBA, is blessed with wonderful people, festive music, and beautiful architecture. Located just 93 miles off the tip of Florida and surrounded by clear blue water, Cuba offers an idyllic setting for a variety of travelers. Along with the rich cultural characteristics, Cuba has a dramatic history filled with prominent world events and provocative political leaders. Today, Cuba is on the verge of profound change as their political structure shifts and their relationship with the west begins to warm. There is no better time to visit Cuba and experience the diversity of their people and culture.
- Arrive in Havana and meet your Expedition Leader and English speaking Cuban guide immediately outside of customs
- Enjoy a tour of Havana, Cuba’s capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Welcome dinner at a nice paladar with a professor from the University of Havana. Eat and greet while you get to know your guide and learn about the economic and political systems in Cuba.
- Enjoy breakfast before touring the US Embassy to receive a briefing about the current state of US/Cuba relations. These off-the-record talks and Q&A sessions are candid and fascinating!
- Transfer to Centro de Investigación Socio Culturales Juan Marinello for the Cuban point of view
- Lunch at Proyecto Arte y Corte then explore the community turned cooperative. There is a barbershop museum, cafes and shops, and a social enterprise barber training program.
- Transfer to Museo de la Revolución housed in the former presidential palace, currently a national monument, and learn about the events of the two Cuban Revolutions.
- Enjoy dinner in Havana before traveling across the bay to the Cañonazo, a re-enactment of the gate closing ceremony.
- Enjoy a big breakfast that will fuel an hour of salsa, son and rumba lessons from professors at the University of Fine Arts at Club Chévere.
- Visit a rhythm and dance community project in Habana Compas Dance that combines movement and social development.
- Visit the Riera Studio Community Project by Academy of Fine Arts Professor Samuel Riera. This project for children with Down’s Syndrome teaches creation and curates their works
- Meet the students and teachers at La Escuela Nacional de Ballet that has graduated legends of the stage like Alicia Alonso and Fernando Alonso
- Enjoy dinner out in Havana
- Check out of your accommodations and take the ferry across the Bay of Havana to the neighborhood of Regla
- Tour the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla and learn how Catholicism melded with African religious traditions to produce Santería.
- Continue learning about a growing religion made legal again in the 90s and witness a performance of a Santería dance troupe at the Museo Municipal de Regla.
Afternoon / Evening
- Enjoy lunch as you travel to Santa Clara
- Check into your accommodations, relax, and enjoy dinner
- Journaling and reflection on all you’ve experienced so far
- Follow the trail of Che Guevara starting at Loma Capiro to get the lay of the land. Pass Che and Child Statue and Anti-imperialism Mural on your way to Tren Blindado Monument and Military Museum. Finish at the massive Che Guevara Monument and Mausoleum.
- Lunch in Santa Clara then transfer (about 90 minutes) to El Nicho where you’ll take on a local guide and hike first up to the base of a waterfall then beyond to the collecting pools.
- Transfer back to Santa Clara and enjoy dinner
- Check out and travel back to Havana
- Lunch on the road at Finca Fiesta Campesina
- Stop in at Finca Vigía, Hemingway’s old estate.
- As long as we’re in the neighborhood we’ll also introduce you to the leaders in agricultural private enterprise at Organopónico Vivero Alamar
- Farewell dinner in Havana
- Breakfast and check out of your casa particular
- Time permitting, visit a variety of locations for last minute souvenirs:
- Say goodbye to Cuba! Transfer to the airport for your return flight home!
Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.Rachel W., Student
There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.Saul S., Student
I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.Amanda W., Trip Leader
“Every journey starts with a single step.”
Facts & Figures
Special Note: Cuba nationalized approximately $1 billion of U.S. owned property on the island in 1960. In response, the U.S. placed a trade embargo on Cuba.
Protestant, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jewish, Santeria
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