Cuba Trip

Best for: Middle and high school students, college students, adult groups
Topic: government, nature, European history, arts, literature, music, culture, technology, entreprenurship, others
Dates: January 7 – January 15, 2017

The College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, in collaboration with the College for Advancing and Professional Studies, are pleased to announce the following study abroad program.

Tour Operator: Colibri Boston +1 617 301 1237

Number for Cuba +53

Emergency Numbers in Cuba

Police 106

HAVANA January 8-13

Asistur – 24 h English speaking tourist information regular hours: 7-866-8527 emergency 24 h 7-866-8527

American Embassy – (+53) 7839-4100 address: Calzada st between L&M

Hospital: Clínica Central Cira Garcia Hospital Miramar Havana

Address: Ave. Lazaro e/ 18 y 20, Pya, La, Cárdenas, La Habana

Phone:+509 34 86 8761

Panataxi: 7-55 -55-55-55

SANTA CLARA  January 13-15

Hospital: Arnaldo Milian Castro Circumvalacion/Av 26 de Julio Ph: 27 01 26

Pharmacy: Farmacia Internacional Colon No 106

Cell Phones roaming: Every participant is obligated to have Cell phone roaming turned on in case of emergency or have roaming card. If you need roaming card please contact us in advance.TMobile –offers best service in Cuba, cost is 2 USD per minute and 50 Cents per text message AT&T – and Verizon also offer roaming there.

Please call your provider and ask for Cuba roaming to be activated from January 8th -15th.

Colibri offer $50 roaming cards if your phone is unlocked. Please contact us if you need one.


Cuba operates with two type of currency: Convertible CUC which currently is about 1 CUC = 0.85 USD and Cuban pesos. As a tourist you will be operating with CUC.

Exchanging US currency to CUC involves 10% of “punishment fee” so if you have Euros, Canadian dollar or Mexican pesos you will get a more fair rate.



4100 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33134       Phone: (305) 774-6100
In Havana we will be staying in 4 casas particulates, all located within 0.1 to 2 miles from American embassy in Vedado and Miramar, the most elegant and safe parts of Havana right on the ocean.Casa particulares are privately own B&B. Your host will take care of all your needs, provide breakfast, help you order taxi if needed, show you nearest restaurant, arrange for laundry etc. It is like having a private concierge available all the time.


Calle 22 #273 Altos e/17 y 19, Vedado, La Habana
+53 7830-3180 casa, + 53 5272-1760 cell  Host: Ignacio and Anita manager: Philip Ross (American citizen) +53 7831-8593 casa +53 5406-1181 cell

Single rooms: Felicia, Wenfen, Gerardo Double rooms: Trina/Gail, Agnes/Jenene, Kelsey/Erika


106 Calle 11 apt 8 (between L&M) Vedado+ 53 5289 7157 Casa Host: Yzel  

Doug and Lenora, Bill and Gail, Sylvia, Betsy


22 Street Between 5th and 7n Avenue, Miramar, Playa, C.P.11300, Havana City +53 5272 3273 Host: Maria

Single: Cindy, Margaret

Double: Ann/Jessica


n°26 B  Avenida 3ra entre B y C La Puntilla Miramar 537 273 05 40 (537) 209 31 51

Single: Joe, James, Kevin, Takuya

SANTA CLARA: Hotel Los Caneyes Av. de los Eucaliptos and CircunvalacionSanta Clara 50100, Cuba

What to bring

Tiny bottle (6 days supply) of hand sanitizer, prescribed medication, small gifts for our hosts, cash, personal cosmetics only in travel size or samples, super comfortable shoes and light clothes, one warmer cardigan, granola bars.


What NOT to bring

Winter jackets, heavy shoes, high hills, parfumes, jewelry (Cuba is very safe but poor and if you loose something it is gone), heavy shoes, full size cosmetics.

DAY 1 – Saturday, Jan 7

Miami Hotel –Best Western Premier – free shuttle from second level of Miami Airport

5 PM – departure to Little Havana for short tour and dinner

6 PM – dinner and orientation at Augustin Gainza Art Gallery

Sunday, January 8 th

5.30 AM      Shuttle to Miami airport

 Morning     Arriving at Havana airport at 8.30 am, collecting baggage, immigration etc.   

10 AM        Arriving at casas particulates (accommodation) dropping baggage

11 AM         Departure to Havana Vieja

12 PM        Lunch at Donia Eutimia, traditional Cuban food

1 PM                    Sightseeing in Havana Vieja

Catedral de San Cristobal (Plaza de la Cathedral), to Plaza de Armes, stop at la casa del café for coffee, Museo de la Ciudad, Calle Obispo, Calle Mercaderes-Museo del Tabacco and Museo del Chocolate, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, Factoria Plaza Vieja –museum galleries and Factoria Plaza Vieja –stop for microbrew beer.

Stop at Fundacion Havana Club shop to buy rum.

6 PM             Dinner at Meson de la Flot

 Monday, January 9th

 Breakfast at casas

9.00 AM pick up from casas       drive to Literacy Museum

10.00 AM   Literacy Museum

12.00 AM   Lunch at cnr Av7 & Calle 26 (phone 7-204-4232)     

1 PM                    Revolution Museum, Arts Museum, Drinks at hotel Nacional,

Possibly meeting at centroche with Camilo Guevar

5.00 PM     Dinner at Espacios Calle 10th no 513 (phone 7 202 2921)

6 PM          Casa de Musica –live music concert


Tuesday,   January 10th


9.00 AM                    Pick up from Casas

10 AM                 Visit to Casa de Americas

12 PM                Lunch – Paradar los Amigos Calle M no 253

1 PM

Possibly meeting at centroche with Camilo Guevara or free time

5 PM                    Salsa class

Dinner on your own

Wednesday,   January 11th

 9 AM Visit to University of Havana 

1 PM  Lunch

Hemingway tour


Thursday, January 12th


8 AM          Trip to Las Terrazas, eco village and art community

Possibly centro de Investigaciones Ecologicas (research station)

                   Cafetal Buenavista – coffee plantation ruin, open art studios, fruit farm

11 PM        Lunch at El Romero with Coffee at Patio de Maria

12PM         Trip to Vinales and Pinar del Rio

Park Nacional de Vinales, stop over at view point Las Jazmines, Mural de la   Prehistoria,  Pinar del Rio, Fabrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien, Casa Taller, Palacio de los Matrimonios, Alejandro Robaina Tabacco Plantation.

6.30 pm     Dinner at café Ortuzar

7.30 pm        return to Havana

Friday       January 13th


9 AM          Departure to Cienfuegos         

12 PM     Restaurant “Casa Prado” Calle 37 e/ 46 y 48 Meeting with prof.Ms. C Dayni Díaz Mederos
Especialista Relaciones Internacionales AcadémicasUniversidad de Cienfuegos Cuba
Tel: 53-43-500180

2-4 PM       Sightseeing in the city

5 PM            Dinner Finca del Mar Calle 35 (btwn av 16 and 18)

6 PM                   Departure to Santa Clara, Check in hotel Los Caneyes

Saturday,  January 14th

9 AM          Breakfast

10 AM        Sightseeing in Santa Clara

Fabrica de Tabacos Constantino, Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blinadado, Estatua Che y Nino, Conjunto Escultorico Comendante Ernesto Che Guevara

1 pm         Lunch El Benyamino Carretera central 605

3 PM          Back to hotel

6 PM          Dinner at hotel

 Sunday, January 15th

Depart for airport in Santa Clara.

The Program

Designed for educators, researchers, and professionals, this study tour will allow participants to translate their local knowledge to an international setting, Cuba, through a comparative framework. Since diplomatic relationship was severed in 1961, relations between the United States and Cuba have been tormented and complex, but changes are afoot, and concrete signs of

a new beginning. Cuba is undergoing transformations as it seeks to reform its economic, political, and social foundations as well as its educational systems. Taking a comparative approach, we will examine these on going changes through visits to schools and higher education institutions, considering such areas as the structure and delivery methods of education; educator preparation; technological resources; and inclusive practices. We will receive daily briefings that will provide many opportunities to share information, insights, and resources, and enjoy opportunities to network and develop professional connections with U.S. and Cuban colleagues. In addition, enriching context will be provided through a number of cultural

excursions that will explore Cuba’s rich and complex history.



Felicia L. Wilczenski, EdD

Professor and Associate Dean. College of Education and Human Development

School for Global Inclusion and Social Development,University of Massachusetts Boston


Academic Credit

Participants will earn 3 graduate credits in EDUC G 697 or GISD 697: Comparative Study Tour: Perspectives on Educational Technology and Inclusion in Cuba.

Advanced undergraduates may enroll with the approval of their advisor. An independent study can be arranged with consent of the instructor.