Location
  • Cuba
    • Havana
Length
1 - 4 weeks

Program Details

Activities
City Exploring Dancing Sightseeing
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Guesthouse Host Family Hostel
Primary Language
Spanish
Age Min.
18

Pricing

Starting Price
445
Price Details
Weekly price includes accommodation, breakfast & lunch, 15 hours intensive Spanish lessons in the mornings Monday to Friday, twice weekly professional dance lessons, three times weekly 'Discover Cuba' cultural excursions/activities, weekend excursions including to the beaches at 'Playas del Este' and a long weekend in Viñales Valley (4 week program only; or optional with 2 or 3 week program upon payment of a supplement).

Program support from our all Cuban local team 24/7 to help maximize your free time.

Cost of extra night – accommodation & breakfast USD 40

Cost of airport transfer – each way USD 40
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Tour Guide
What's Included (Extra)

24/7 program support from our local team including welcome camino within 24 hours of arrival to get to know the local area and practical services such as money change, wifi services and cool bars & places to hang out

What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

Private taxi/airport transfer on arrival USD 40 each way. Dinner is not included but many options on your doorstep to provide for all budgets.

Dec 06, 2023
Apr 02, 2024
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About Program

One to four weeks full cultural immersion based in Old Havana, Cuba. Spanish classes are supplemented with dance classes, cultural tours and adventure activities to explore, enjoy and experience this amazing country!

Staying in a Casa Particulare in the heart of in Old Havana, Spanish language lessons take place Monday to Friday in the mornings, and in the afternoons you receive professional dance classes and cultural excursions. Weekend trips feature the beach and a two-night weekend road trip to Viñales (four week program only).

Accommodation, breakfast & lunch INCLUDED in licensed Casa Particulares; shared same sex dorm rooms with other program participants (couples or friends booking together automatically upgraded to private room with en suite/private bathroom) OR upon payment of a single room supplement you have the option to stay in another nearby Casa with your own room and private en suite bathroom.

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Program Highlights

  • Live in the heart of Old Habana and enjoy a full immersion into Cuban life – and a unique opportunity to really understand what makes this amazing country so special
  • Busy program includes accommodation, breakfast & lunch and Spanish lessons throughout, professional dance lessons and cultural activities
  • Start dates every week - ideally arriving Sunday/during the weekend... we are open 365 days a year!
  • 18+ program with no upper age limit (minors welcome if accompanied by an adult - this program is family friendly also!) - we welcome all ages & nationalities!
  • Program Managers and all Cuban crew will help you feel at home providing 24/7 support

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Program Reviews

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  • Instruction 4.5
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Value 5
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Yildiz
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best way to experience Cuba, more than as a tourist by combining Spanish, salsa and intercultural exchanges

Excellent way to experience Cuba in a very friendly atmosphere. I stayed two weeks in Havana and one in Trinidad. Intensive Spanish courses in the mornings, salsa classes and city tours in the afternoon. Leo and his team's contribution to such a well-structured atmosphere for intercultural dialogue is amazing. I have met wonderful fellow students from all over the world, age range was 20-70. The extra weekend tour to Vinales is also highly recommended. The school's atmosphere is very cosy and it is just at the very center of Old Havana.

40 people found this review helpful.
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Juanita
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Well organized and had a great time

I spent a week with the "Lean spanish, clulture and volunterr" program -- it was very organized from being picked up at the airport to being oriented to my housing. I greatly appreciated the assistance with the currency exchange. The teacher was knowledgeable and fun in teaching Spanish -- helped in making it fun and be more conversational vs focus on grammer. The additional activities -- I requested were wonderful . The Vinales trip was great and the activities planned were beyond my expectation. Leonel the director was easy to reach if there were a problem/question. All the people incovled in the program were great from the security guard at the school to the cook and the young man who helped carry luggage up the stairs. I can't say enough good things about how wonderful everyone was. I hope to be able to visit again!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Okay -- t I got locked out of my room with no shoes! I had to walk 1/2 a block to find someone at the other casa particular to assist me. Locals (Cubans seemed to be looking at this women in a skirt with no shoes on--please note the streets are not very clean!). A local man offered me his flip flops -- I declined but assisted me with getting help.I was more about leaving the other casa particular unlocked rather than me not having any shoes! I used my Spanish and was able to quickly resolve the problem. Of course I have now learned the word for barefoot in spanish--descalzo!
Pros
  • Welcoming of the Cuban people
  • Great food
  • easy of getting around the city
Cons
  • don't always assume what they are saying in spanish--ask to please repeat
  • I couldn't buy just one banana on the street! -- the vendor wanted me to purchased a bunch
40 people found this review helpful.
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Castle
5/5
No, I don't recommend this program

A Magical 9 Days in Havana

I just had the most magical 9 days with Corazon Cuba. The Spanish teachers are so smart--they are great educators who know exactly how assess your skills and build from where you are. The staff is incredible--creating a safe, clean, fun environment. There is round-the-clock security, regular cleaning, air conditioning, laundry service, bottled water and incredible food from in-house chefs. The staff is always available for needs, questions, advice and help---they take you to get SIM cards, get a VPN, help you change money, find anything you are looking for, make sure you pay reasonable prices, feel like a local--plus they are so nice and fun and soon become family. The program is structured and organized and every experience and lesson offered is high quality and meaningful--but you also have as much free or alone time as you want. The location is perfect in Habana Vieja--safe, walkable to shops, restaurants, music, museums, the Malecón, and more--it is a very cool building with multiple levels and roof decks with great views. They have apartments down the street if you'd rather not share a room. Although I am on the older side, I decided to stay in the main house and share a room and I'm so glad I did--the fellow students were amazing--from everywhere--Germany, Sweden, Italy, Norway and even my hometown in Colorado. We bonded and will be life long friends. It's like camp! I just can't say enough good things about the program. Everything was perfect; every day was great. Magic is the only way I can describe it. They really have created a very special community here and I can't wait to get back.

Pros
  • Excellent instruction from smart teachers.
  • Safe, clean, fun environment.
  • Amazing way to experience Havana.
Cons
  • Seriously no cons.
43 people found this review helpful.
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Daria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Most authentic experience!

This was a great experience overall! My goal was to practice Spanish as much as possible and this was easily reached thanks to the great staff of the school and friendly Cubans around. You do feel at home!

As September is a low season, I was alone in my Spanish class which was more of an advantage in the end as the topics were tailored to my needs and interests. The lessons included all types of activity: grammar, speaking, listening, and the most valuable - immersion into the Cuban culture. Daivy, the teacher, was eager to share her personal stories, everyday routine and aspirations. It was not just a standard teacher-student interaction, but friendly conversations about everything. We still keep in touch!

I was supposed to have a shared room, but as there were few people I had it all for myself😉 Even though I was warned that there could be hot water and electricity problems in Old Habana, nothing of the kind happened during my stay. The place is clean, nice and really authentic! From the balcony you can see the street with all its night life and daytime events. The food was good as well. Even though the variety of products is limited, the cooks Miguelito and Tania managed to satisfy all the needs, both vegetarian and not. I had a chance to try some fruits that I have never eaten before. There was always somebody of the staff around. Aylin has answers to all your questions during the daytime and Kidsue and Arkeli keep you company at night as night guards.

In the afternoon I had salsa classes and excursions. The dance classes were great even though I'm a really poor dancer and remain such in spite of the teachers' efforts.They were attentive and understanding. Even if you have no experience in salsa, you will still enjoy this activity. The only downside was that every class I had a new teacher. Somehow they managed to understand from where to continue and my experience seems rather smooth in general. The excursions were informative and my guides, Laritza and Jose, added a great personal touch to the history of Old Havana with their own stories.

The school manager Leonel is just charming. He does his best to make sure that everyone is happy. Despite the fact that he has lots of work to do, he is always available. The pre-trip email support from Tim was indispensable as well.

Old Havana is a safe place even if it does not seem so from the first sight. It may happen that some seller will cheat on you charging more money or will sell you fake cigars, but no violence occurred in my presence. I had no health issues, but do take all the medicine with you. There is a lack of it in Cuba. You can share it with the locals when leaving. Besides, I would recommend to bring fewer personal things and more donativos.

Pros
  • Central location
  • Friendly people
Cons
  • Poor public transport
52 people found this review helpful.
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Patricia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Cuba: A journey to myself

It was my first trip outside of Europe and by myself. I'm currently 28 years old and I never took a time off to travel and discover the world. This year I decided to travel to Cuba. My cousin went to Cuba three years ago and told me about the wonderful experience she had. I searched the internet for organizations that offer dance, culture, language and also volunteering and came across Corazon Cuba. Everything about the program appealed to me and the program seemed to include exactly what I wanted to experience in my three weeks. Which finally also proved to be true.La Habana or Cuba in general is completely the opposite of Switzerland, the country I'm from. I enjoyed the freedom and the warmth that was shown to me by all the locals and surprisingly by the tourists too. Can't be done, doesn't exist. Improvisation is on the agenda and no day is like the other. I could really live three weeks in the moment and enjoy every second without thinking about the next one. I have never lived so stress-free and relaxed as during these three weeks. I have met wonderful people from all over the world with whom I want to stay in contact. But more importantly, I have learned to know and love myself in a whole new way. I have made important decisions for my future life and realized what is really important to me in life. It was almost a bit of a "soul
journey" or retreat for me. And I fell in love with Cuba: its culture, its music, its flora and fauna…. simply everything. The hosts were fantastic. I felt like I was at home, although as I said, I have never traveled alone before and have never been outside of Europe. They welcomed me like a family member and they did this with all the residents. I found the stay so wonderful that I will repeat it soon. Any question or uncertainty they were immediately there to support me. So l actually did not travel alone at any second. I wish I had planned more time so that I could still travel around Cuba with the organization. Every weekend I spent at the beach. The beach and the sea in Cuba were simply breathtakingly beautiful and little filled. In the evenings during the week and on weekends, the salsa clubs were my to go place. I have never experienced so much emotion, passion and fire as at these salsa parties.
Furthermore in the house we often spent time together and I enjoyed this very much.
Cuba is a country where you can't do nothing by yourself, so don‘t be shy to ask the hosts for help, they are really happy to help. Everything is a bit more difficult and hidden, but it's even more fun when you've accomplished something. Don't be overwhelmed by the many impressions on the first day and connect with like-minded people so the start will be much easier. If you are willing to interact a lot you will get to know the country from all
facets and enjoy the most beautiful and free time of your life. My journey in Cuba had an extraordinary impact on my life, because I completely changed my professional development. I discovered a passion for traveling and learned that I don't need that much to live and be happy. I now have more self-confidence and dare to do much more in my everyday life at home. I also have become more relaxed. I‘m very grateful that the cuban people shared their country with me and I hope I left a positive Footprint there. I‘m sure I‘ll come back.

Pros
  • Dance and music every day
  • good-hearted people
  • no stress and time pressure
Cons
  • not ideal for foodies
  • it can be overwhelming first
74 people found this review helpful.
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Anita
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The most culturally enriching experience of my life

When I decided that I would like to travel to Cuba, I did not know where to start or what the best way to go about it was. Corazon Cuba presented the opportunity to live amongst a mix of people from all over the world, yet also spend lots of time with the most friendly Cubans who work in the casa and direct the programme. Lionel is so kind, helpful and lots of fun to be around, along with the rest of the team. I would recommend this if you are planning to go as a group and especially as an individual; primarily to feel secure in your travels and to minimise pre-travel anxieties but also to reside in a fun and culturally enriching environment. It made me a lot more confident during my time in Cuba and my time spent far more worthwhile. The programme involves Spanish classes in the morning (which feel more like a conversation about the culture & history of the country but en español) followed by an afternoon of salsa dance classes, which definitely came in handy on our nights out over there.

It was the perfect place for me to improve my Spanish; I was above basic level prior to coming, but not only do you receive grammar lessons, you are also immersed in the language from the moment you wake up to when your head hits the pillow! A few of my friends had little to no Spanish at all, yet left with the ability to have conversations with locals so do not let the language barrier put you off.

One thing I would say is to bring bug spray and antihistamines! I was quite prone to the bug bites and as Havana is a city, I underestimated how many I would unfortunately encounter :(

Cuba is the most culturally rich country I have ever visited, and Havana and the people of this city are beautiful, intelligent souls.

Pros
  • Secure casa/ environment and trustworthy staff/ aircon in bedrooms
  • Fun, diverse itinerary with very interactive Spanish lessons around a table as opposed to desk:board situation
  • Opportunity to build relationships with Cubans in the casa and on the program and other students - Opportunity to explore with people who grew up in Cuba
Cons
  • Shopping for personal items difficult - ie bring own loo roll when leaving house
  • Cooking own food is difficult as not a lot of food available bar what is given and in restaurants so don't come expecting shopping malls!
  • Bring all toiletries you will need for this trip prior to arriving
77 people found this review helpful.

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