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Cuba Leadership Journey

An Educational, Cultural, and Service Experience
February 21 - March 2, 2018
$4,700.00 per person (does not include airfare)

Trip Highlights

  • Explore historic Old Havana
  • Meet local Cuban artists and musicians and learn to Salsa
  • Visit Pinar del Río and Viñales Valley - a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Visit local organic farms and enjoy farm to table meals
  • Learn about and support local community projects
  • Meet with leading experts from the University of Havana for discussions on US & Cuba relations
  • Discuss race relations with Cuban Scholar and Journalist Roberta Zurbano
  • Visit Nostalgic Cars, a five-year-old cooperative known for restoring vintage cars and cruise the town in style
  • Learn what it takes to run a private business as a woman in Cuba and engage with young entrepreneurs

Trip Itinerary

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Arrive in Havana. After completing all customs and immigration formalities and baggage claim, exit into the arrivals hall where we will be met by an EEAbroad representative. EEAbroad will assist us with ground transportation and check-in at our centrally located guest house. We will join EEAbroad staff this evening for a welcome orientation and dinner at one of Havana ́s top restaurants!

Thursday, February 22, 2018
The morning will start with a lecture on US and Cuba relations by a leading expert from the University of Havana. Later, we will visit the historic Revolution Square and the adjoining José Martí Memorial. After lunch, enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Havana, the heart of Cuba’s capital city and the largest colonial center in Latin America. During the tour, we will explore the landmark buildings, churches, and scenic plazas that are unique to this Caribbean city. Later in the afternoon, we’ll have time to visit an open-air craft market. In the evening, you can enjoy dinner at a local paladar of our choice (Dinner not included).

Friday, February 23, 2018
Following breakfast, we’ll depart for the small fishing village of Cojímar, where Ernest Hemingway moored his boat. A morning stroll through the seaside streets, we will be followed by a tour of the farm of the award-winning farm-to-table restaurant, Café Ajiaco. After the tour with the farmers, we will meet the chefs and participate in a cooking demonstration before having lunch. Later this afternoon, we will visit the headquarters of Nostalgic Cars, a five-year-old cooperative known for restoring those famous vintage cars and then providing taxi transportation to tourists. Here we’ll talk to the mechanics and owners, then climb in and cruise the town in style. During the evening, we will enjoy dinner at a local paladar of our choice (Dinner not included).

Saturday, February 24, 2018
After breakfast get the unique opportunity to engage with the community members of the rarely visited town of Regla located just across the bay from Havana. Enjoy lunch in Regla and spend the rest of the afternoon participating in activities at a local community service project. Later that evening, we will enjoy dinner and live music at a local paladar.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Following breakfast we will take a break from the city and head west for the famous Viñales Valley! Enroute to Viñales, we will make a stop at Finca Marta, a sustainable farm that produces over 60 kinds of crops and products. There we will have a tour and learn first-hand about the Cuban revolutionary organic farming methods and agro-business. Later we will enjoy a true farm-to-table lunch experience, before we continue to Viñales, a tranquil and beautiful lush farming town rich with traditional Cuban culture. After check-in, we will enjoy dinner and a salsa lesson at our casa.

Monday, February 26, 2018
After breakfast we will explore the Viñales valley on a nature walk with a local guide. Lunch will be at a family-run organic farm restaurant overlooking the lush valley. After lunch, you can enjoy a free afternoon to explore the town of Viñales or to rest. During the evening, we will enjoy dinner at a local paladar of our choice (Dinner not included).

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Following breakfast, we’ll check-out and return to Havana with a stop at a notable community project, where a local artist has opened his home and patio into a gathering place for aspiring artists, performers and the local community. After lunch at the project, we will continue towards Havana and check-in to our guest house. This evening at dinner, we'll learn about race relations in Cuba with scholar, journalist and literary critic Roberto Zurbano.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
After breakfast we will discuss the Cuban dual currencies with a local expert and visit the unique informal real estate market in Havana. After lunch at a local paladar, enjoy free time to explore the Paseo de Prado, the beautiful promenade that divides Old and Central Havana. Later that afternoon engage with members of a local community project that aims to educate local youth in the culinary arts. During the evening, we will enjoy dinner at a local paladar of our choice (Dinner not included).

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Following breakfast we will engage in a discussion with a local expert on the private sector and young entrepreneurs in Cuba. Later we will visit with the owners of a female-run bicycle business. During this encounter, we will learn about what it takes to open and manage a private business as a woman during these recent, exciting years in Cuba. After lunch, take the afternoon to explore Havana on your own. Enjoy your final meal in Havana with live music at one of Havana’s best restaurants!

Friday, March 2, 2018
Our trip will end after breakfast, with a transfer to Havana’s International Airport for our flights home.

Trip Inclusions
Daily breakfast and lunches, and 5 dinners, educational visa, accommodations at centrally located guest houses, accommodation taxes, excursions, transfers, drivers, relevant museum and park entrance fees, translators and trip leaders, services of local guides, staff gratuities, full-time support and 24/7 emergency support from the Forum on Education Abroad Country Director.

Not included in Trip Cost
International airfare to the start and end point of the route, cancellation, baggage, and travel insurance, any newly implemented government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control, international airport departure tax applicable, any items of a personal nature. Rates also exclude alcohol purchases, boutique purchases, telephone calls, spa treatments, laundry and internet fees.

This Leadership Journey is limited to 12 participates. There is a 25% non-refundable fee to reserve your spot. Remaining balance is due 45 days prior to trip.

Please call Laurie Webb at 303-588-0605 for questions and to reserve your spot.

Our Framework

links traditional leadership skills with the moral aptitude needed to address employee well being, corporate responsibility and global sustainability.

Our Belief

is that corporate performance and sustainability is enabled through ethical leadership, employee satisfaction, and social responsibility.

Our Network

of industry leaders promote self and interpersonal awareness strategies for learning rather than a traditional training philosophy.
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