Introduce your students to a destination that feels frozen in time, where retro cars still claim the streets, and colorful, colonial-era homes create a tapestry of historical charm. Faculty-led study abroad programs are one of the few ways that Americans can legally visit this fascinating country. Seize the opportunity to create a custom-made, Cuba itinerary for your next study abroad program.
1. Your students will see history in the making.
Like the fall of the Berlin Wall, or Hong Kong’s return to China, Cuba opening up to the U.S. is a pivotal moment in history, and your students will be there to see it. Challenge their assumptions as you give them the chance to explore a country that their parents only dreamed of visiting.
2. Cuba is changing.
While at first-glance, Cuba seems like its stuck in the past, you’ll find that it’s changing, and changing fast. Efforts to normalize relations with the United States have created opportunities for growth and prosperity. Since the U.S. loosened travel restrictions, an influx of U.S. travelers is leading to increased globalization of this island nation. Now is the time to experience this 1950s-esque island before time marches on there.
3. Cuban culture is bursting with sound & color.
A melting pot of African, European, and Caribbean influences, this island nation’s culture is simply vibrant. Cuba was the birthplace of son cubano – a genre of music and dance that combines Spanish guitar with a Bantu beat. This isn’t the only well-known style to emerge from the country’s prolific music scene. The well-known habanera, guaracha, danzón, rumba, bolero, and mambo dances were all created there.
And, don’t get us started about the art! Color is everywhere in Fusterlandia. A local artist decided to reclaim an impoverished area by covering it in beautiful mosaics transforming it into a folk art wonderland.
4. Cuba is safe to visit.
People are incredibly friendly in Cuba and welcome travelers with open arms. There is very little violent crime, and police are often nearby if needed. That said, just like any city with widespread poverty, there is always a chance of opportunistic crime. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings and stick with your guide. It’s also smart to keep your valuables hidden or at home.
5. Cuba’s incredibly close by.
It’s astounding how close Cuba really is, even though it feels like a world apart. Cuba is only 103 miles away from U.S. soil, and depending on where you’re flying from, it is a much shorter journey than many other Latin American destinations (only an hour and 15 mins from Miami!). It’s no wonder that our relationship with Cuba dates back to the very time our country was being founded.
Interested in taking a group to Cuba?
We’re excited to partner with educators to create a program that’s perfect for your students. Check out our Cuba page to learn more about planning a faculty-led trip. There are even some sample itineraries to help start the brainstorming process.
If you have any questions, or are ready to get started today, call (800) 235-9384 to speak with one of our tour coordinators. We look forward to assisting you!
It’s a big world. Get out there!
Your FTI Team