Corazon Cuba

Corazon Cuba

About

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!

Website
corazoncuba.com
Founded
2015
Headquarters

311 Lamparilla
entre Aguacate y Compostela
Habana La Habana
Cuba

Reviews

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Judith
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My review is from the perspective of a parent; ie., I didn’t participate in the program to Cuba, but my daughter did. As a parent of a teen, I was full of trepidation for my daughter going to Cuba, but the attention to detail and the staff were amazing! The teachers were incredibly patient and kind, which my daughter appreciated as she doesn’t
Find learning languages easy. The companionship of the group (of other ttravelers) was key to her experience, but there was ALOT of heavy drinking, which did make my (tea-totaler) daughter feel very uncomfortable. Be warned that this was a nightly party for most of the travelers! That being said, she was still included (& accepted, despite being unwilling to participate in the drinking culture), and she really enjoyed the walking tours/cultural tours, and said the FOOD was amazing! She even loved the salsa lessons. I say “even” (loves the salsa lessons) because she can be a bit
of an introvert, so was absolutely dreading the dancing. However, to her — and my— great surprise, she saide it was “the best fun!” The teacher made it so relaxed, and
only emphasized enjoying the music & having fun. Finally, Tim P-P, the program coordinator was so wonderful. He never tired of my long list of (almost daily) questions on the lead up to the trip. He was so knowledgeable, friendly, and personable, yet
his professionalism & knowledge of Cuba/adventure travel) is outstanding. I’ll end on this —- my daughter contracted a tropical
Illness, and the staff were on it immediately, as was Tim, who communicated with me until we both felt all my questions were answered and that we both felt she was being well taken care of; she was! The staff could not have been more kind and
concerned, and I had complete
Confidence in the team, as did my daughter. I can’t recommend this program enough! Do NOT hesitate
to sign up your daughter or son for this experience of a lifetime!

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Linda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now Cuba! (sung to the tune of Janice Joplin's 'Piece of My Heart). I honestly think I left a piece of my heart in the country. My stint there ignited in me a great love for Latin American culture - the sumptuous sights, sounds and energy of Havana's city streets are still throbbing in my veins. The local's gave us a royal welcome....fun, adventure and broad smiling faces never more than a few feet away. The teachers on the Spanish programme were incredible; they offered a window into the culture that I wouldn't be able to get through a guide book. They were friendly, accommodating and altogether encouraging in their teaching style. I learned lots!!! Not just about the language, but through the leaning, a whole different experience of Havana and broader Cuba. And I can dance a mean salsa now and haven't broken anyones toes since! ;P

I can't wait to return xxx

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Garret
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've travelled solo for a few years, making holiday itineraries on my own watch, doing the things that I only wanted to do. It's a nice way to travel and for the most part - you can create the exact kind of holiday/travel experience that's right for you.

I've always wanted to go to Cuba and I thought for this trip I wanted to go a little deeper with the travel experience. Normally for me I'm pretty happy if I can take some cool pictures and some videos but I thought for this trip I would step outside of my comfort zone a little and try immerse myself into the culture and genuinely learn about a new culture in a deeper way.

After spending 4 weeks with the guys at Corazon I'm really glad I decided to do this program. For one, I feel like a did get a proper insight into what it means to be Cuban. Hanging out with Cubans is the best way to do this and I was really happy that there was so many Cubans as part of the team - along with that, they were all super interested to share their experiences and offer some insight into their country.

I also realised I am not a horrific dancer as I thought! I do say this modestly of course.

Now - to be fully honest - Cuba can be quite a frustrating country. Terrible internet, minimum selection for certain things, food is so-so... But it good to know these things AHEAD of coming to Cuba so that you enter into the experience knowing you are putting your western comforts to one side and are opening yourself up to a completely different cultural experience.

There is so much that I enjoyed in my trip and I really do thank Corazon for much of this. The girls and guys who run the program are super friendly and nice and the way the programs are structured it's easy to come away improving a ton on your skills going into it... I would recommend this program.

Now I'm still not fluent in Spanish (to my girlfriend's continuing disappointment) however I don't completely suck in conversation, but more importantly I feel I found a better frame of reference when it comes to talking about Cuba, Cubans and latino culture......

What would you improve about this program?
Faster internet would be awesome but tbh I actually liked disconnected from internet during my time in Cuba. There's no many places left where you can do that these days....

Improve the Cuban food generally! I liked the food at the casa (hands to the chefs!!) but overall Cuba kinda sucks when it comes to modern food sorry haha Apparently it is getting better all the time though
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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I feel very lucky to have found a program which provides an authentic experience where get to know the real Cuba but is at the same time safe and allows you to meet great people.

Famously Cuba is difficult with food but the food at the cubicle result was outstanding. Amazing accommodation in the heart of old Havana.

Also, the Spanish teachers with quality for the first time and months to actually use my Spanish and communicate with the local people. It was also to wait to dance salsa of the local people!
Kuba Corazon team was very helpful and fun.

Vines was truly magical - One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen - We really enjoyed the crossroads, and bike rides and visits to local tobacco farms.

I will be definitely coming back!

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Ida
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would recommend this programme to anyone! But especially to (first time) solo travelers. Everyone is very welcoming, the staff is great and the environment they create is amazing. You will make real friendships and memories to never forget. You will learn Spanish in a very fun and free environment and can use and practice it right away! The culture walks are great, it feels like going on a walk with friends and in the meantime you get to see a lot of Havana in a fun and NOT boring way!
And the Spanish teachers are the best! They really try to help you in everyway possible and make it so you can immediatly use your Spanish in the streets of Habana Vieja.
The dance teachers are great too! They're very skilled and professional, you will be dancing at Salsa clubs in no time!
I loved it so much I actually went back this year!

Programs

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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 Jakera in Cuba?

I wanted to make a longer trip to South America and some Spanish speaking country to improve my Spanish. I found Jakera'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.

Leandro Talledo Hernandez

Job Title
Program Coordinator

Tell us about yourself, Leandro.

I began my working life at 16 years old as a school teacher for the Cuban government, and taught for 8 years in a primary school classroom. After these 8 years, I finished my own studies and initiated a new working life as a business Social Communicator for 5 additional years.

In 2014, I began to work together with my family, joining the travel agency Jakera that my brother had begun to run in Cuba in 2013. For these past three years, I have loved working for this program making travel dreams a reality for our clients.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is when I traveled with my family to Varadero and to Viñales here in Cuba. They are beautiful locations, but most of all I just love to travel with my wife and son and share those experiences with them.

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

Since working with Jakera, I have learned so much. I have learned the English language, and to be able to interpret it well. I have also learned how to understand different people who come from very different backgrounds and cultures, and have learned how to help others in and through so many unique situations that we have had here.

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

The best stories I know or have seen from our clients is when their actions show their love of this program; we have clients who return to Cuba a second or third time, and they still leave with the satisfaction of an incredible experience with us. This is what makes me happy.

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

I would choose our Learn Spanish, Culture, and Dance program, because I would have my day filled with good experiences, teaching me to better understand and appreciate the culture and dances of Cuba.

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

It makes me especially proud to work for Jakera when I feel useful and purposeful in my role here, and when I can recognize the unity and the effort that our staff puts in to develop the activities of our clients and provide them with the absolute best experience overall.

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

The single most important factor in creating a successful company is that each person is treated with value and care as an individual. Aside from this, I believe that the work that each of us does is done with an idea of reciprocity between the service we provide and the satisfaction of this service from our clients, assuring that our clients are pleased with and have thoroughly enjoyed the programs we offer.

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