STUDY TOUR TO CUBA FOR THE SPRING BREAK 2023
This journey will include three major themes:
1) Cultural Elements: Setting for The Old Man and the Sea, Hemmingway’s home and office, Jose Marti’s birthplace, two nights visiting colonial city Trinidad and sugar boom era city Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs, Shrine
of Saint Lazarus with Santeria lecture, Havana city tour with Cathedral and Plaza San Francisco, Old Fortress El Moro, Plaza of the Revolution.
2) Faith-Based Projects: Nursing homes for the elderly, center for bioethics, Jesuit pastoral projects, entrepreneurship training, women’s projects, after-school programs.
3) Environmental Awareness: Cuba has some of the most pristine parks and nature preserves in the Americas. Pinar del Rio is a lush area with orchid sanctuaries and tobacco farms. The Bay of Pigs offers and opportunity for snorkeling and learning about the marine environment. Zapata Park is home to birds found only in Cuba.
Fri 3: Departure, Havana dinner, orientation
Sat 4: St. Lazarus Shrine, rural pastoral project
Sun 5: Mass, Havana city tour
Mon 6: Pastoral projects, Havana
Tue 7: Pastoral projects, Havana
Wed 8: Pinar del Rio, rural women’s project
Thu 9: Bay of Pigs, Zapata Park
Fri 10: Cienfuegos & Trinidad
Sat 11: Return to Havana, Mass
Sun 12: Return flight
Timing: $1500 non-refundable deposit due 1 December. Remainder 1 February, 2023
Included: airfare, accommodations, all meals outside airports, Cuban
tourist visa, travel/health insurance, Cuban health insurance, ground
transportation + driver tips, stipends for speakers & guides, journal for
reflection, materials for travel preparation.
Not Included: luggage fees, hotel fees (safe, tips, etc), activities outside schedule, transport to US airport, any other type of Cuban visa needed.
This proposal is based on an average price of $38/person/night. If for some reason there is a sudden spike in hotel prices, there will need to be an increase in the total fee. If reasonable flight schedules are not available at $650 at the time of booking, there will be an increase in the total fee.
Accommodations: Restrictions from the US government prevent use of
government-owned hotels in Cuba. Privately owned hostels and B&B’s
will be used. Students will have to share rooms. While we avoid it, there is the chance that some students may need to share beds part of the time.
Visa: For the proposed activities and accommodations, a tourist visa is
normally what Cuba requires. If an individual for some reason needs a
special visa for Cuba (usually just for persons born in Cuba), they will need to obtain and pay for the visa themselves.
Please register here (the registration form attached)
For further information, please contact Fr. Bao Nguyen, SJ & PhD