Education in Cuba
April 17 to 24, 2021
University of Havana - Havana, Cuba
For Educators, Students, and Students of Life:
Travel with CAFS to this unique country, where you will embark on an in-depth exploration of teaching—and peace and justice initiatives— throughout Cuba.
Explore Old Havana, attend seminars, visit primary and secondary schools and the historic University of Havana, sit in on classes, and meet your Cuban educational community counterparts.
Educators earn recertification credits.
Cuba is unique. Cuba has fabulous beaches, towns and cities. Havana, one of the oldest cities of the hemisphere, is full of history, art and culture. But because of its socialist Revolution in 1959, Cuba has been isolated from the United States, only 90 miles away, and has developed a society unlike any other. Cuba for the open minded poses intriguing questions: how does this socialist nation survive where the strongest capitalist nation on earth, the United States, has imposed an embargo— or as the Cubans say, a "Bloqueo" (blockade)— against Cuba for 60 years? Why has the United States been hostile toward Cuba since the revolution led by Fidel Castro and his colleagues? How have the arts, culture, economy and politics of Cuba been shaped by its isolation? What does the future hold for the hope of a relationship based on friendship between these two American republics and neighbors?
During the Obama administration hostility toward Cuba abated. However, President Trump recently reasserted the Monroe Doctrine put forth by President Monroe in 1823 (which announced the United States' intention to exert hegemonic control over the Americas). In a renewal of Cold War politics, the Trump administration has established regulations to restrict Cuban travel and trade for the people of the United States, with the goal of keeping neighbors apart and unknown to each other. Even so, US citizens can still enjoy trade and travel to Cuba. Under provisions outlined in the General License of the US Office of Foreign Assets Control, travel to this special Island remains educational, lawful and fun.