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.

DAY 1 – Saturday, Jan 7

Arrival at Best Western Premier Hotel Miami Airport

5 pm      departure to Little Havana for dinner and orientation to Little Havana

5.15 pm short tour of Little Havana (Cuban part of Miami), Bay of Pigs Memorial, Centro Cultural

6 pm     dinner, orientation and artist meeting at Gallery of Augustin Gainza

7.30     Return to hotel


DAY 2 – Sunday, Jan 8

5.30   Departure to the airport

9 am Arrival to Havana from Miami.

10 am baggage drop at the casa and travel to Havana Vieja Historic center of Havana

11.30 lunch

12.30 tour of Havana Vieja: Cathedral de San Cristobal, Museo de la Ciudad, Calle Obispo, Calle Mercaderes, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja.


DAY 3 – Monday, Jan 9

Visit to the literacy museum, which outlines the history of the Cuban Revolution’s impressive programs to guarantee 100 percept literacy.

Visit to the University of Havana, the country’s oldest and most prestigious university, where we will receive a tour of the grounds and classrooms.


DAY 4 – Tuesday, Jan 10

Workshops with Universities and Schools


DAY 5 – Wednesday, Jan 11

Take pedestrian ferry across Havana Bay to the community of Regla, a working-class, Afro-Cuban community with a thriving local culture. Regla is especially known for its strong ties to Santería and other Afro-Cuban religions. Visit to Regla’s Municipal Museum, inaugurated in 1982, it records Regla’s history and Afro-Cuban religions.

Ferry ticket
Museum tickets


DAY 6 – Thursday, Jan 12

Day trip to Viñales Valley. Considered by many to be the most beautiful place in Cuba, the Viñales Valley National Monument holds stunning landscapes. The area is also famous for being the premier tobacco growing area in the world. The 3-hour ride is well worth it.

Visit a local farm to learn about Cuban agriculture and tobacco production.

12:30 pm Enjoy lunch on the grounds of a local farm, Finca Paraiso Agroecologica (the agro-ecological Paradise Farm), where we will learn about Cuban agriculture and tobacco production, while indulging in an organic meal.

Spend an hour exploring the downtown area of Viñales. Be sure to walk a few blocks from the city center and venture down side streets.

3 pm Return to Havana.

7pm Salsa Lesson

Cuba Vieja



DAY 7 – Friday, Jan 13

9:30 am Visit to La Finca Vigía. Formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway, today it still houses his expansive collection of books. It was here where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. The beautiful grounds and bizarre tales from Hemingway’s many years in Cuba are captivating.
Continue to Santa Clara.


DAY 8 – Saturday, Jan 14

Santa Clara.

Afternoon Visit to the Che Guevara memorial. It houses the remains of executed Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara and twenty-nine of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during Guevara’s attempt to spur an armed uprising in Bolivia. The full area which contains a bronze 22-foot statue of Che is referred to as the Ernesto Guevara Sculptural Complex.

TBD Check-in at accommodations.


DAY 9 – Sunday, Jan 15

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.