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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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Cuba Study Travel for US Sports Schools


Cuba Study Travel exposes US Students to Sports Training in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Boxing and Volleyball in Cuba

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CUBA STUDY TRAVEL works in tandem with INDER for the organization of Cuba sports tours for North American Schools. INDER is the body responsible for the organization of Cuba sports tours. Its headquarters at Sports City is situated on Havana's outskirts.

It is a large complex, not unlike a national sports center in England or a sports facility on a US university campus. It is dominated by a 12,000-seat indoor stadium; murals featuring Ché Guevara are everywhere around the building and on the walls of apartment blocks nearby. At Sports City Cuba’s best athletes are given advanced sports coaching and all attention necessary for them to represent Cuba at international competitions.

Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best Cuban sports school to place the students traveling to Cuba. Placement depends on students’ age and level. US sports schools traveling to Cuba should provide Cuba Study Travel with their sports Cuba travel goals.

Whether you are taking your students to Cuba for training, friendly competition or just a cultural exchange sports program it helps Cuba Study Travel and INDER know in advance what you expect from Cuba sports trips. Currently we offer such programs for Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing and Volleyball.

Currently there are about 30 Schools for Sports Initiation (EIDES), admission to an EIDE usually comes at age 12. After several years at an EIDE, very promising athletes graduate to the Escuelas Superior de Perfeccionamiento Atlético (ESPA), or High Schools of Athletic Perfection- there are 13 of these schools.

Typically, a student-athlete remains at school until age 19, when top athletes transfer to the national training center in Havana known as Sports City (Ciudad Deportiva). Athletes attending the national training center have a nominal occupation but are essentially full-time athletes. Other athletes follow up EIDE and ESPA with study at the University of Havana, where athletic training is accommodated by an extension of the number of years allowed for degree completion.

Cuba Study Travel exposes students from USA Sports Schools to Sports Training in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing and Volleyball in Cuba.

Do not wait any longer. Now is the time to start planning the next Cuba sports travel for your students. Your students will consider traveling to Cuba an experience of a lifetime. They will come home optimistic and inspired by fresh perspectives on what is possible not only personally but also socially. Request a custom-made no-obligation Cuba Study Travel itinerary for your students, and check some of the resources we put at your service.

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With customizable Cuba sports 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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  • An Expert Cuban English Speaking Guide
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    Are you a US K-12 teacher, university or school professor? Check these tours!

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  • Day 1. Saturday. The Cuba Study Travel Adventure Begins

    Arrival at "Jose Marti" International Airport in Havana. Your Cuba Study Travel adventure begins today!

    Group welcomed by the Cuba Study Travel guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel Presidente, located in Vedado, Havana’s Entertainment District, and the best location for US schools traveling to Cuba explore the best that Havana has to offer.

    Cuba study travel for American high schools, colleges and universities includes complimentary daily breakfasts and dinners.

    Day 2. Sunday. Cuba Study Travel Treat US Students to Old Havana

    Morning: Cuba school travel features a guided walking tour of Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Cuba school tours include visits to Old Havana’s main historical sites. A visit to Square of Arms, ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers it is a highlight of the Cuba school trips. The colonial square is surrounded by impressive buildings such as:

    Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the former seat of the colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City_ a place worthwhile visiting for US students taking part in Cuba study tours.

    Next Cuba Study Travel will allow US students to explore the superb book store located in the Palacio del Segundo Cabo, the former headquarter of the Spanish vice governor of the island. Today it houses the Cuban Book Institute.

    Guarding the access to Plaza de Armas, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza stands imposingly. Cuba study trips should take the time to explore this majestic fortress, the oldest in Las Americas, because of the role it has played in the history of Cuba.

    At lunch time, Cuba Study Travel will treat US students to La Mina restaurant for authentic Cuban dishes.

    The Cuba study travel adventure for American high schools, colleges and universities will continue with a tour of the Cathedral Square, 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.

    Continue walking tour onto San Francisco Square, one of the oldest in the historical quarter, and a mandatory visit for Cuba education tours focused in exploring the colonial heritage of the Caribbean island.

    Even though the objective of the Cuba sports tours is centered on sports training and friendly competition, US students traveling to Cuba will benefit from some exposure to the Cuban art and culture. So next we will visit some of Cuba’s most important art galleries around Plaza Vieja, our next stop.

    Free time in the famous handicraft market of Old Havana where you can purchase all sorts of crafts and souvenirs by local artisans.

    Return to hotel.

    Evening: the Cuba Study Travel experience also features live music and dancing! Tonight we have a Cuban band playing for us! Students traveling to Cuba from USA will dance to Salsa, Son, Rumba, and other popular Cuban rhythms with instruction from bandleaders.

    Day 3. Monday. US Students traveling to Cuba partake in Sports Training

    Morning: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Sports Cuba trips “cool off” this afternoon at the Eastern Beaches of Havana! This is a good opportunity for sports Cuba travel participants to play just-for-fun volleyball games at the white-sand beaches of Havana.

    Evening: Cuba Study Travel treat US students to a baseball game at Latinoamericano Stadium.

    Day 4. Tuesday. The Authentic Cuba Travel Journey Continues

    Morning: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: the authentic Cuba travel journey continues this afternoon with coach 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.

    Evening: Cuba Study Travel is committed to promote Cuban Jazz music to the world. In fact, all our Cuba educational tours feature at least a Jazz night at La Zorra y El Cuervo, Havana’s premier Jazz club. Our Cuba sports tours are no exception!

    Day 5. Wednesday. Sports Travel to Cuba is about Cultural Immersion

    Morning: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: a ferry boat ride across Havana harbour to the town of Regla is an enriching cultural experience for US students that travel to Cuba for sports cross cultural exchange.

    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. Sports travel to Cuba should also be about cultural immersion in the authentic Cuba that exists parallel to Cuba’s mainstream Tourism.

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

    Enjoy a private Afrocuban religious dance presentation by Regla Folkloric Group, a highlight of our Cuba education tours.

    Return to your hotel.

    Day 6 Thursday. Study Travel in Cuba involves US Students with Cuban Youth

    Morning: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: sports travel to Cuba also revolves around visiting local communities such as the Cintio Vitier Outreach Project in Nuevo Vedado neighbourhood. This project offers painting, papier-mache, drama, music, dance, and other skill development workshops to elementary and secondary students.

    Evening: study travel in Cuba involves US students with Cuban youth at popular venues in Cuba such as The Fire of the Cannon of 9 O’Clock Ceremony at the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabana that we will attend tonight.

    Day 7. Friday. Sports Cuba Trips “cool off” at the Eastern Beaches

    Morning: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Sports Cuba trips “cool off” this afternoon at the Eastern Beaches of Havana! This is a good opportunity for sports Cuba travel participants to play just-for-fun volleyball games at the white-sand beaches of Havana.

    Evening: Cuba Study Travel treat US students to a baseball game at Latinoamericano Stadium.

    Day 8. Saturday. Cuba Explorer Tours Western Cuba Today!

    The Cuba explorer tours western Cuba! By the expert hand of the Cuba Study Travel tour guide, US schools traveling to Cuba will visit Las Terrazas community, located at the heart of Sierra del Rosario today.

    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- Havana

    Exploration of Viñales Valley, containing the most spectacular scenery in Cuba and some of the most interesting and varied geological formations on the island. The valley is particularly famous for its great freestanding rock formations called mogotes.

    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: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: 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: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    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: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    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: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    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: US students traveling to Cuba partake in sports training, friendly competition or cross cultural exchange sports program in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Boxing or Volleyball.

    Cuba Study Travel and INDER determine the best sports school to place the American athletes taking into consideration their age, sport and sports level and their school sports program and goals.

    Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon: Free. Evening venue: farewell party dinner with Cuban students at sports school where you have been attending or other venue to be determined.

    Day 15. Saturday. Departure

    Early morning departure to Havana City International Airport for departure.

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