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During this 10-day Cuban people-to-people program, participants will visit and meet with Cuban artists, students, academic professionals, and entrepreneurs, exploring the island’s history, politics and economics through dynamic lectures and one-on-one exchanges. You will have an opportunity to learn about the growing private sector juxtaposed with Cuba’s endeavors to maintain a social welfare state, explore the island's Afro-Cuban history, culture, and religions, and enjoy the architecture, cuisine, music, and rhythm of Havana and surrounding cities.

This program takes place under the auspices of the US OFAC’s regulations for travel to Cuba, specifically within the General license for people-to-people travel. Participants who travel to Cuba with API on the Cuban Cultural Exchange Program will not receive academic credit. This program is designed to promote engagement with Cuban people and culture with the goal of facilitating meaningful exchange.

What's Included?

Highlights

Application Requirements

  • Completed API online application
  • $150 deposit
  • Valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months beyond March 8, 2019
  • A minimum of 10, maximum of 14 participants will be accepted into this program

What You’ll Study

PROGRAM INFORMATION

During this 10-day Cuban people-to-people program, participants will visit and meet with Cuban artists, students, academic professionals, and entrepreneurs, exploring the island’s history, politics, and economics through dynamic lectures and one-on-one exchanges. You will have an opportunity to learn about the growing private sector juxtaposed with Cuba’s endeavors to maintain a social welfare state, explore the island's Afro-Cuban history, culture, and religions, and enjoy the architecture, cuisine, music, and rhythm of Havana and surrounding cities.

This program takes place under the auspices of the US OFAC’s regulations for travel to Cuba, specifically within the General license for people-to-people travel. Participants who travel to Cuba with API on the Cuban Cultural Exchange Program will not receive academic credit. This program is designed to promote engagement with Cuban people and culture with the goal of facilitating meaningful exchange.

API PROGRAM LEADER

Judge Isaac Borenstein will represent API as the Program Leader for this People-to-People Cultural Exchange. A native of Havana, Cuba, Judge Borenstein immigrated to the United States in 1961. He is a member of the Florida Bar (1976) and the Massachusetts Bar (1979) and is fluent in Spanish and English. During the academic year 2018-19, he will be an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, teaching Evidence in the fall and Criminal Procedure in the spring. Judge Borenstein has played an integral role in facilitating US/Cuban exchange via joint academic and cultural exchanges with the University of Havana Law school over the past several years and possesses unique insight into the ever-changing political and cultural landscape of Cuba.

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Courses

PROGRAM ITINERARY

This itinerary is subject to change.

February 28, 2019 (Thursday)

  • Meet API representative to receive visas and check-in for flight at JFK
  • Depart for Havana
  • Havana airport reception, private transfer to residencia for check-in
  • Welcome orientation with a focus on Cuban Culture and Safety
  • Welcome dinner at a paladar, a privately-owned restaurant (included) and discussion with staff about the history and presence of Cuban and international cuisine on the island
  • Evening stroll through Old Havana

March 1, 2019 (Friday)

  • Breakfast at residencia
  • Classic car tour of Havana with stops at Plaza de la Revolución, el Malecón, Miramar neighborhood, el bosque de la Habana, and el Capitolio
  • Welcome at Centro de Estudios Martianos (CEM) and conference on cultural topic by guest lecturer
  • Group lunch at Belvew ArtCafe, followed by presentation and discussion with Sven Creutzmann and Belview staff members
  • Visit the large Jewish synagogue (El Patronato) to meet with the community members and partake in a discussion of Jewish life in Cuba
  • Group dinner (included) at Residencia provided by the local host, with a conversation about receiving guests in Cuba
  • Ballet or dance performance at the Teatro Nacional Alicia Alonso

March 2, 2019 (Saturday)

  • Breakfast at residencia
  • Guided tour of the University of Havana and discussion of the history of Cuban higher education and its role in Cuban society
  • Visit the Organopónico Vivero Alamar (Cuba's most successful urban cooperative agricultural project), formed after the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s, and have a discussion with representatives about the history of agriculture and current practices in Cuba
  • Group lunch at a Cooperative Restaurant, Cooperativa Hanoi (included) with an opportunity to speak with members of the cooperative
  • Guided tour of the Museo de Bellas Artes and discussion with Cuban guide about contemporary art in Cuba
  • Freshen-up at residencia and pack for departure
  • (Optional) dinner at Tablazo and evening walk down el Maelcón

March 3, 2019 (Sunday)

  • Breakfast at residencia
  • 8:30 am bus departure for Trinidad
  • Walking tour of city center and meet with locals to learn about the differences and similarities in lifestyle and culture between Central Cuba and Havana
  • Dinner (included) at Sol Ananda, followed by live music at Casa de la Musica
  • Overnight in Trinidad

March 4, 2019 (Monday)

  • Breakfast at accommodations and check-out
  • Visit to Parque el Cubano and conversation with locals about the unique local ecosystem in Central Cuba
  • Optional short hike for swimming and photography at Javira Waterfall
  • Lunch (included) at privately-owned countryside paladar, El Rachón
  • Depart for Varadero
  • Arrive at Varadero and check-in to accommodations
  • Individual and group reflection
  • Dinner (independently)
  • Overnight at Varadero

March 5, 2019 (Tuesday)

  • Breakfast at accommodations
  • Tour of local artist studios in Varadero to interact with local artists and learn about the local community of artists based in Northern Cuba
  • Lunch (independently)
  • Afternoon cultural activity
  • Dinner (independently) and pack for departure
  • Overnight in Varadero

March 6, 2019 (Wednesday)

  • Breakfast at accommodations and check-out
  • Depart Varadero for Havana
  • Lunch (included) en route
  • Visit the Almacenes San José Art Market in Old Havana to speak with local artisans and observe the thriving art scene in Havana
  • Dinner (independently)
  • Overnight in Havana

March 7, 2019 (Thursday)

  • Breakfast at residencia
  • Visit Museo de la Denuncia, a recently inaugurated, interactive museum detailing the history of the Cuban Revolution from 1959-present. Have discussions with Cuban guides about the Cuban people's perspectives on current U.S./Cuban relations
  • Lunch (included) at a privately-owned paladar, El Mediterraneo. Meet with staff members from the restaurant and discuss how their Italian restaurant is supplied directly with products from their local farm, Finca Hermosa.
  • Pack for departure
  • Farewell dinner at a privately-owned paladar, La Guarida
  • Visit the FAC - Fabrica de Arte Cubano, for art exhibitions, live music, dancing, and interaction with local artists and art enthusiasts

March 8, 2019 (Friday)

  • Breakfast at residencia and check-out
  • Transfer to Jose Martí International Airport (HAV)
  • Check-in at airport
  • Depart Havana for JFK
  • Arrive at JFK
Highlights
  • Explore the history, art, and culture of Cuba through exchanges with local Cuban artists, students, academic professionals, and entrepreneurs
  • Enjoy the architecture, cuisine, music, and rhythm of Havana and surrounding cities.
  • Learn about Cuba's diverse cultural history and ever-changing landscape of US/Cuban Relations with visits to the University of Havana and El Patronato Synagogue
  • Three-night/ four-day excursion to Trinidad and Varadero
  • Beautiful group housing in a large, renovated, private home (API Residencia) located in the Vedado district. (Prices based on double-occupancy with shared bathrooms. Single rooms available at an additional cost of $200 per person)
  • Round-trip airfare JFK- HAV-JFK included
  • Daily breakfast, most lunches, and welcome/farewell dinners included

Faculty

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    Emily Moran

    Emily Moran will be your Resident Director in Havana and a resource for you on-site.

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