Learn Spanish in Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage Site bursting with atmosphere, music and dance. Homestay with a Cuban family in a vibrant maze of neoclassical buildings. This program is based in ‘Habana Vieja’ – the heart of the historic old Havana and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is a myriad of gorgeous neo classical buildings packed with local people living cheek by jowl.
At street level there is a constant buzz with musicians plying their trade in the many fantastic bars to be found in this popular neighbourhood. The area is VERY safe, and you will quickly feel comfortably at home. There are lots of interesting shops and quirky art galleries here and most of Cuba’s cultural heritage including national museums also.
- Intensive Spanish language lessons take place Monday to Friday in the mornings, leaving the afternoons, evenings and weekends free to enjoy this amazing country.
- Live in the heart of Old Habana - the most exciting, vibrant and fun neighbourhood in Habana. Price includes half board.
- 18+ program - but minors (inc families) are welcome if accompanied. We welcome all nationalities including US citizens - this program qualifies under US travel restrictions 'Support the Cuban People' category.
- All Cuban crew will help you feel at home and help you learn about Cuba's past and present.
- Discover Cuba - walking tours/cultural excursions to learn more about this amazing country.
What to Expect
Our ‘Learn Spanish in Habana Vieja’ 1 or 2 week program has been crafted to maximize your time in Old Havana (a UNESCO World
Heritage Site). Upon arrival at Havana International Airport you are picked up for a transfer to your Casa Particulares* or hostel. This is your home in
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.
Monday to Friday’s intensive Spanish lessons take place shortly after breakfast. Your teacher is licensed and on day one you receive a short test to establish your level and objectives. Lessons take the format of 3 x 45 minute lessons each morning, with 15 minute breaks to refresh, making approximately 3 hours of Spanish lessons each day – 15 hours per week. Lessons are held from 09:00
sharp, Monday to Friday at Casa Jakera.
There are many activities and excursions to occupy your free time. Your host at the Casa will advise you, and we list some of these in the section ‘Excursions’ below.
This program runs from Sunday until Sunday. However, you are welcome to arrive early and/or extend.
Intensive Spanish tuition comprising 3 x 45 minute lessons.
Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher.
Accommodation Sunday to Sunday (7 nights) in a shared room.
Meals – breakfast & lunch included.
Dinner – there is a restaurant boom going on in Cuba with Parladares and Peso Café’s opening to visitors for the first time. Cuban’s and long-term travelers on a budget are the target market, so there are lots of characterful, good value eateries.
Housing & Meals
Casa Particulares are government licenced ‘private homestay’ accommodation whereby 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.