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Travel Program to Cuba

Building Bridges to Cuba


Located just 90 miles from the United States, the Caribbean island of Cuba has been difficult to travel to from the United States for over 50 years. Now, the recent easing of U.S. travel restrictions has made it possible for Bank Street College to offer an extraordinary opportunity for you to take part in a week-long “people-to-people” experience in Cuba.

Participants will explore the history, culture, and environment of Cuba, with a focus on the systems of universal education, as well as community building designed to promote social justice and equality. Based in the cities of Havana and Trinidad, our visits to community projects, museums and historic sites will give us opportunities to speak with educators, artists, musicians, students, naturalists, and everyday citizens to build bridges of understanding.

We will use inquiry and reflection to examine the interwoven strands of indigenous, European and African heritage that have given rise to a distinctive culture with a strong world presence. We will also explore ways in which the people of Cuba are preparing to meet the economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Program Information

Program Name: Building Bridges to Cuba
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Tentative Program Dates: July 2019 and alternating summers

2017 program price: $4,995
Includes: airfare (roundtrip from NYC to Havana), casas particulares (bed and breakfast) in Havana and Trinidad (double occupancy), all meals, all local transportation, Bank Street Faculty program leader, guest speakers, and museum entrance fees. Earn 60 CTLE or 6 CEU.

Additional costs:

  • Tips for Cuban guide and driver, drinks outside of meals or on the bus, laundry, souvenirs.
  • The cost of the program may change slightly pending market rates of the flight from New York City to Havana and availability of direct flights. Every effort will be made to keep costs within this budget and to reduce costs if possible.
  • Single occupancy accomodations available for an additional $350. (All accomodations have shared bathrooms.)
  • 1 graduate credit option (pending approval of the Curriculum Committee) will be an additional $600. 2 graduate credits, will be an additional $2,100. Course work will be due 4 weeks after the program.

*Cooperating Teacher Vouchers and Staff Waivers will reduce the cost of this program by $900 (2017 rate).

2017 Partner Organization

Discover Corps is a grassroots travel company that is pioneering a new way to explore life and culture around the world in a way that rejuvenates the human spirit.

Our vision is of a world where people value our shared humanity and promote global citizenship while celebrating our many unique cultures.

Our mission is to give travelers a deeper understanding of life in communities around the world while helping to improve the lives of the people we visit. We accomplish this by operating enjoyable and safe travel programs that provide real connections between travelers and the communities.

Our operating principles ensure that our trips enhance and preserve the character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. It’s not just the right thing to do, it also provides a richer experience for our travelers. Our principles include: Responsible Volunteerism, Social Commitment, Economic Commitment, and Environmental Commitment.