Corazon Cuba

Corazon Cuba

Why choose 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 other - gorgeous neo-classical buildings rubbing alongside primary coloured classic American cars, overlaid with exotic afro-Cuba music and some of the most exciting nightlife you will find anywhere.

Our programs are for 18+ but families are welcome too and there is no upper age limit to having fun in Cuba! We also offer tourism related activities across Cuba and we have programs based in Viñales and Trinidad. So... if you are interested in having a good time and learning more about Cuba please get in touch!



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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.

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Yes, I recommend this program

An Uplifting Experience

From our first contact with Tim through the final day of our two week stay, we were delighted with Corazon Cuba. We went for the Spanish lessons and they did not disappoint. After taking a quick assessment of our language knowledge so far, we were assigned a class. Surprisingly, the classes had only 1 - 3 students and personalization was a big benefit. Both of us felt our teachers were superb - mine was Daniela, and Jamie's was Delvis. They kept us on track with pre-planned daily lessons but we also had plenty of time to learn about Cuba and the people of Cuba (all in Spanish, of course.)

All the staff were fun and helpful. Miguelito, the chef, prepared plenty of tasty vegan food for us and we were so grateful. Andy was our tour guide for the culture portion of our program and he is a history buff who enjoys sharing stories. We spent many pleasant afternoons walking abound Havana Vieja with Andy. The salsa dance program is held in a lovely dance studio with a student/teacher ratio of 1:1. I didn't know it was possible to learn so many steps in a one hour class.

Rather than stay at the hostel, we chose a home stay. Accommodations were pretty basic but clean and included a refrigerator. The airport transfers were excellent. And, again, everyone we encountered was so welcoming and gracious. We highly recommend Corazon Cuba and hope you will have the same positive vibe and experience we had.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
We took the airport transfer program and even though our flight was 2.5 hours late, we were greeted with a name sign at the airport and taken to the taxi area by a man who was not our taxi driver. He went off and made plans with someone else and came back and told us to wait. Espera! was the only word I caught. So we waited and waited and waited. We had no address for our accommodations and didn't see the same man again so we had no choice but to wait. After 20-30 minutes a taxi driver pulled up and motioned for us to get in the car. He knew he needed to come back for us and he knew the address. But, it seemed like a long wait. If no one had come for us, I did have the address of the school and they do have an all-night guard who will answer the bell. And I know they would have taken dollars for the ride.
  • Small classes with personalized instruction.
  • The other students from so many different countries made it so much fun.
  • Delightful staff at Corazon Cuba.
  • Continuous bombardment of people on the streets asking for help, money, etc.
  • Lack of vegan food in restaurants
  • Lack of diversity of vegan food at the school.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Corazon Cuba

I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the Corazon Cuba experience. What stood out the most were the exceptional friendliness of the staff and the effective leadership and coordination provided by Leo, which included arranging excursions, taxis, and restaurant recommendations. The central location in Havana Vieja was perfect. The quality of the food and coffee was excellent, and I particularly appreciated the casual dining atmosphere. The teaching staff was excellent, patient and relatable. I highly recommend Corazon Cuba, and I have already suggested it to others here in the United States. The only areas of improvement that I can think of would be to provide Wi-Fi/Internet access.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience with this school

I was joining this group to learn spanish. I cam with zero language skills and it was no problem. The teachers are really great so the time is flying during learning. Also the Management of the School was amazing, i had to shift my days twice and it was not at all an issue. They supported me an all belongings. Thanks a lot - highly recommend to everybody who wants to learn spanish or one of the other programs. Will come definitly another time again. I still have to improve my spanish a bit :-)
BR, Chris

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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!
  • Welcoming of the Cuban people
  • Great food
  • easy of getting around the city
  • 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


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Martina Bednjanec

Martina Bednjanec traveled to Cuba 5th to May 31st in 2014. She is from Zagreb, Croatia, a Geomatics engineer, and 26 years old. She has a Bachelor's degree from University of Zagreb and a Master's degree from Royal Institute of technology (KTH) in Stockholm in Geodesy and Geoinformatics. She studied and worked for five years in Stockholm, Sweden. She enjoys learning new languages and likes a Latin American style of life--relaxed with lots of music and dancing.

Why did you decide to enroll with Corazon Cuba in Cuba?

I wanted to make a longer trip to South America and some Spanish speaking country to improve my Spanish. I found Corazon Cuba's program in Venezuela (called Travelling Classroom) through google.

It encompassed Spanish lessons with adventure traveling, which was a perfect match for what I was searching for.

As the situation in Venezuela is a bit unstable now, I was happy to hear that they opened the same program in Cuba and I decided to try it out.

If you could go back and do something differently, what would it be?

Hmm...difficult question. I was really satisfied with everything, so maybe I would point out that I'm sorry that I didn't do the diving trip with our guide, Joel. I didn't do it because of bad weather and rain during the two weekends. It was not possible to do it during working days because of our schedules were full with Spanish lessons.

Tell me about one person you met.

I met Joel, who was our guide and my companion for the most of my trip. It's just amazing to hear how the people of my age live in different cultures and to experience their lifestyle for a short time.

He introduced us to almost his whole family. His uncle Vianko is a renowned artist and his girlfriend Gracy is a law student.

We also met his father and others; we went out with his friends who play in a band and they told us about their work and views on life matters.

As Cubans lack lots of stuff, it's an eye-opening experience to understand what really matters in life. It makes you not take things for granted and appreciate what we have in life.

What was the best moment of the entire trip?

There were lots of them! I think I'll never forget the night when we went to the Buena Vista Social Club concert in Hotel Nacional. I really didn't expect much, but the music and atmosphere turned out to be so great and the show was just amazing.

We also spent evenings in local restaurants listening to the bands and drinking mojitos. Another great moment was our trip to the mountains of Pinar del Rio, where we watched a telenovela in the evening with the locals.

The locals that I met for the first time offered us everything (even beds in their house because of the strong rain outside). I also drank freshly brewed coffee, which they grew and it was just a delight - the best coffee I ever drank.

I also liked poetry reading and art exhibitions on Sundays in Paseo del Prado, one of the main streets in Havana. I can also never forget the way we rode in Cuban public transportation. We rode in completely full buses in Havana and old massive trucks around the country.

Any tips for future participants in general and/or tips specifically for female students?

Bring sun lotion and insect repellent. Also try to bring some things as a donation, such as shampoos, soaps, tissues, child toys, pens, or crafts because they really lack these things. No special tips for female students because it's really safe. Also, try to learn some Spanish words before you come, as not many people speak English.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Pablo Hernandez Viñas

Job Title
Head Spanish Teacher
Pablito is the leader of a team of 8 other teachers for more than 7 years, having the responsability of preparing the curriculum and arranging the level placement of the students. He organizes the different spanish subjects for each level and recieves guests of all kind, letting them know the details of their choosen programs and making a nice use of the hospitality to ensure and achieve a nice stay for them.
Pablo Hernandez Viñas

What is your favorite travel memory?

Visiting the Historical Casquet in Havana and the city of Trinidad were one of my best travel experiences on Cuba. Trinidad City was a mixture between the frozen live history and the modernism of a regular cuban society. My friends and I enjoyed a massive amount of nature and traditions. There are many good places to visit like Playa Ancon, the night club named La Cueva and others. Being in Havana was the best part. Here I had very good walks around the city, incredible nights in salsa clubs, many activities to do in the town with the local people and the greatest time ever.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

When I started teaching, I was able to speak and interact with a lot of people, not realizing that I would encounter people from all around the world. This was only possible because of working at Corazon Cuba. I developed a lot of skills throughout the years I worked here and have grown a lot as a person by attending to the needs and being part of the joy of the guests I looked after. I acquired higher responsibilities due to the increasing fields added to my job. Understanding people of any kind has been a powerful tool i achieved to satisfy people visiting us and I got to a different level, not only in teaching spanish but also helping to experience the real cuban society and life.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best story I heard from a student that has returned to Corazon Cuba is that after leaving Cuba, it felt like there was something missing in their life that they couldn´t find anywhere else in the world. The warmth of the Cuban people and the welcoming atmosphere in Corazon Cuba made them return a lot of times because Cuba started to feel like a second home to them.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would prefer to be part of the 4 weeks ¨Learn Spanish Culture and Dance¨ program. It offers the possibility to experience all of Cuba, learn about the history and culture, aquire new skills like talking in spanish and dancing salsa in a longer period of time. This gives you the chance to fully immerse in this very different way of life.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

One of the unique characteristics our company has is the family environment and the welcoming warmth we offer to our guests. We recieve a lot of new clients every month but when they leave, they are not just clients anymore, they are family. Seeing the tears in their eyes, knowing that they are leaving some part of a new family behind, makes us sad but also very proud of the environment we welcomed them in. And even though it is always very hard to say goodbye, they can always come back, knowing that they have a second home here with us.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

There are many factors to make a company successful. In our case, it is the combination of the environment we create and the decade of teaching experience we offer to our guests. Corazon Cuba developed into a family business, all of us are not just colleagues, we are friends. We take the experience we have by using it to help each other improve the work we do. We offer an environment where the guests can feel relaxed and happy but at the same time recieve a very high level of education. We always work with a smile on our face, which doesn´t take out the professionalism of what we do but makes it even better.

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