Learn Spanish, Dance & Culture in Cuba - 2 or 4 weeks

Location
Cuba
Length
1 to 4 weeks
Housing
Hostel
Age
Min. 18 years
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About This Program

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

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 LESSIONS

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).

DANCE CLASSES

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!

DISCOVER CUBA

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!

What's Included
Accommodation
Classes
Some Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare
Airport Transfers
Travel Insurance
Visa
Wifi
More info on what's not included:

Airport transfer

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.

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Pricing

Two Weeks
$800 USD
Four Weeks
$1580 USD

Location

Location:
Havana
Currency:
Cuban Peso
Weather:
Jan-Mar
82 F / 66 F
Apr-Jun
88 F / 70 F
Jul-Sep
90 F / 75 F
Oct-Dec
84 F / 68 F
Airports:
José Martí International Airport
( HAV )

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.

Hosted by Corazon Cuba

Corazon Cuba are based in the heart of Old Habana where we run programs combining learning Spanish, 'dance & discover' cultural excursions and meaningful volunteering to help you maximise your time in this amazing country. Cuba is a country like no...
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Yes, I recommend this program

Most Incredible Cuba Program!

I would highly recommend this Learn Spanish, Dance, & Culture program with Corazon Cuba (formerly Jakera Cuba)! I’m very grateful that I was able to attend this program for a week and experience all that Havana has to offer. It’s an amazing city with so much culture and the people were amazing. I found it very easy to get around (with only basic Spanish knowledge) and the staff were great at showing us around. The program was laid out perfectly - a great balance between learning and fun.

We had Spanish class in the mornings for 3 hours, lunch, and then either dance class or culture walks. I had Darbel as a Spanish teacher and he was great! The dance classes were a blast as well as the culture walks. On our culture walks we went to the Malecon, Central Havana, and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. The day ended at 3pm and then we had the evenings to explore.

I met such great people on the program and we spent the evenings together walking around the city, eating great food, and going to salsa dance bars. It was such an easy environment to make friends and from all over the world! I can’t wait to travel more and meet back up with all the friends I made in Cuba.

The hostel was a great place to stay - I always felt very safe, the staff was accessible and helpful. I stayed in a shared room which had 6 bunk beds and it was very comfortable.

I do have a few tips for anyone going on this program or traveling to Cuba.
1. Download the app “maps.me” before you go. It gives you an offline map of Cuba for when you don’t have service or wifi (which is all the time).
2. On the Google Translate app you can download the Spanish language which is great for those times when you can’t remember something or need something translated.
3. If you are traveling from America BRING ALL THE CASH YOU’LL NEED. This is super important because American cards (no matter which bank - even Charles Schwab) don’t work in Cuba. The only way is to bring cash with you and exchange it for Cuban Pesos when you get there. They have 2 different currencies, CUC & CUP, but you will just use CUC the whole time.

This program was an incredible experience and I could not recommend it enough!! If you can, ABSOLUTELY go for 4 weeks. 1 week just wasn’t long enough, but better than nothing at all.

Thank you to Go Overseas for introducing me to this program and thank you Corazon (Jakera) for everything you do for your participants! You guys are amazing!

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