Learn Spanish in Old Havana in a vibrant maze of neoclassical buildings and UNESCO World Heritage Site bursting with atmosphere, music and dance. Spanish classes are supplemented with dance classes, cultural tours, excursions and trips out of town.
This program is based in ‘Habana Vieja’. The area is VERY safe, and you will quickly feel comfortably at home. There are lots of interesting shops and quirky art galleries here, many fantastic bars with musicians plying their trade as well as most of Cuba’s cultural heritage including national museums.
- 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 activities and other fun stuff to get to know 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!
- 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!
- Breakfast and Lunch
- 60 hours of intensive Spanish lessons
- 2x weekly dance lessons
- 'Discover Cuba' cultural sessions
What's Not Included
- Domestic/International Flights
- Airport Transfers
Housing & Meals
Havana is an exciting city with many interesting neighbourhoods. However, to experience the ‘real’ Havana you need to stay in Habana Vieja. From here you are a very comfortable walk to the best bars and nightlife, and during the daytime you will be living among the real Habanos working in shops, bars, art galleries and going about their daily lives in this atmospheric part of the city.
You will be staying in ‘Casa Jakera’, a licensed Casa Particulare, sharing a dorm room with other student clients OR upon payment single room supplement you have the option to stay in another nearby Casa with your own room and en suite bathroom. Either way 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.
If you prefer, there is the opportunity (upon payment of single room supplement) to stay in another nearby Casa in your own room with ensuite bathroom.
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.