Based in the heart of Old Havana, Spanish language lessons take place Monday to Friday in the mornings, and in the afternoons you receive dance classes and ‘Discover Cuba’ cultural excursions. Weekend trips feature the beach and a three day/two night weekend road trip to Viñales (four week program only).
Accommodation is in a licensed Casa Particulare sharing a room (single sex) with other student clients OR upon payment single room supplement you have the option to stay in another nearby Casa with your own room (inc private bathroom). Couples or friends booking at the same time have private room also. Breakfast and lunch are served at our main Casa and this is the hub of program activities, including; Spanish lessons, group discussions, planning meetings and impromptu social gatherings.
This is a busy program and offers the possibility of a full immersion into Cuban life – past and present – and the opportunity to really understand what makes this amazing country so special.
- Live in the heart of Old Habana - the most exciting, vibrant and fun neighbourhood in Habana.
- Two start dates every month learning Spanish combined with professional dance lessons, cultural walks and other activities to max your time in Cuba.
- 18+ program (minors welcomed if accompanied) - we welcome all nationalities.
- All Cuban crew will help you feel at home and help you learn about Cuba's past and present - and what we can learn about ourselves!
- Four week program includes a long weekend in Vinales to give you an all round view of life in Cuba.
What to Expect
Our ‘Learn Spanish, Culture & Dance’ program has been crafted to maximize your time in Old Havana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and can be taken for 2 or 4 weeks.
Upon arrival Havana International Airport you will be picked up for a transfer to your Casa Particulares. Breakfast and lunch are served at Casa Jakera and this will be the hub of program activities, as this is also where Spanish lessons are taken as well as group discussions, planning meetings and impromptu social gatherings.
Spanish lessons take place Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 11:45 am and consist of three 45-minute sessions, with 15-minute breaks. On alternate afternoons, there will be dance lessons focusing on learning Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha, and Rumba, and Discover Cuba sessions that take you on an adventure through the streets, history, and culture of Havana.
Weekend trips include guided beach visits and a two-night road trip to Viñales Valley (four-week program only).
There are 2 dance classes per week – each approximately one hour duration, during which you will be taken through your paces learning Salsa, Son, Rueda de Casino, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, and Rumba and perhaps a few moves you haven’t heard of… The lessons are delivered a 5 minute walk from your Casa at 'La Casa del Son' by a licensed dance instructor, and in the evenings there are MANY free live music venues where you can do your homework!
Hop onto a Wah-Wah (fume belching local bendy bus) or Colectivo (classic car/communal taxi) and take to the streets to discover the real Habana. Understand how Habaneros live; the practical day to day issues Cubans face living in this complicated country at this exciting time, and help us take away some answers to our own ‘first world’ problems!
Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 14:00 (plus the occasional nighttime tour) we will take you on an adventure to help you understand and enjoy the history of Cuba and Habana. Understand the source of her amazing wealth, the rich cultural mix, marvel at the faded patina of Habana’s famous gorgeous neo classical architecture, the rumble of classic American cars, curious soviet era high rise buildings, unbiquitous live music on every street, dance, exotic religions etc etc the list is endless.
You will quickly feel comfortably at this home, gain the knowledge and confidence to enjoy the city during your own time, with new found traveller and Cuban friends. You have been immersed into the Cuban culture - enjoy!
Housing & Meals
Upon arrival Havana International Airport you are picked up for a transfer to your Casa Particulares* or hostel. This is your home inHavana. Casa Jakera was opened at the end of 2015 and features shared air conditioned bedrooms, separate shower and toilet facilities, dining rooms and lots of comfortable indoor and outdoor space (including spacious roof terrace).
Here can hang out with new friends or chill on your own to enjoy the cool breezes and great views of the streets below. As with most of Havana you will enjoy taking in the atmosphere in this central location which is truly unique.
* Casa Particulares are government licenced ‘private homestay’ accommodationwhereby Cubans are permitted to rent out one or two bedrooms in their home to paying guests. However, the licensing regime has recently been extended to include larger hostal style accommodation. Casa Jakera falls under this latter category and whether you stay at Casa Jakera or another Casa Particulare breakfast & lunch and Spanish lessons are taken at Casa Jakera.
Breakfast and lunch are included in program costs. Cuban cuisine features Native American Taino, Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences, and typically includes a combination of rice and beans, vegetables, and either pork or chicken.
Havana has always been a hotbed for tourism; however, with the bans on U.S. citizens, this has decreased. There are still a large number of tourists that go to this colorful city every year including U.S. citizens for more volunteer projects.