Duration: 2 or 4 weeks
LEARN SPANISH, DANCE & CULTURE
Two or four week full cultural immersion based in Old Havana. Spanish classes are supplemented with dance classes, cultural tours, excursions and trips out of town.
Based in Casa Jakera in Old Havana, Spanish language lessons take place Monday to Friday in the mornings.
In the afternoons you receive dance classes and ‘Discover Cuba’ cultural excursions.
Weekend trips feature the beach and a three day/two night weekend road trip to Viñales .
You will stay 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 including private bathroom.
Either way breakfast and lunch are served at ‘Casa Jakera’ and this is the hub of program activities, including: Spanish lessons, group discussions, planning meetings and impromptu social gatherings.
This is a busy program and offers the possibility of a full immersion into Cuban life – past and present – and the opportunity to really understand what makes this amazing country so special
Upon arrival Havana International Airport you are picked up for a transfer to your Casa Particular* or hostel. This is your home in Havana. 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.
On our spacious roof terrace you 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.
*Casas 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 Particular breakfast & lunch and Spanish lessons are taken at Casa Jakera.
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 minutes 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 2 dance classes per week, usually Tuesday and Thursday from 14:00-15:00.
You are taken through your paces – lessons feature Salsa but depending your progress you may also be introduced to 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 short walk from your Casa 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!
Three times weekly (usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons 14:00-17:00 approx.) 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, ubiquitous live music on every street, dance, exotic religions etc etc the list is endless.
You will quickly feel at 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!
These cultural experiences and excursions are with our trained local guides who will show you how to buy (and spend!) local peso’s, take local transport and generally make you feel at home and comfortable with your new surroundings.
You have three weekends with us, and we have included activities for each of these. For two weekends you are accompanied on a day trip to the beaches directly east of Havana.
Journey time is 30 minutes by bus and you can enjoy the exhilarating rollers that break on these pristine sandy beaches.
The second weekend featurea a two-night trip to Viñales; a three hour drive to the central
western region of Cuba. Viñales is a UNESCO World Heritage destination owing to the
outstanding landscape, traditional architecture and agricultural techniques still used. The
trip includes a horseride into the valley to drying houses where you can learn about the
art of curing tobacco and rolling cigars, and an early morning hike to view aspectacular
Start Dates 2019
Jan-06, Jan-20, Feb-03, Feb-17, Mar-03, Mar-17, Apr-07, Apr-21, May-05, May-19, Jun-02, Jun-16, Jul-07, Jul-21, Aug-04, Aug-18, Sep-1, Sep-15, Oct-6, Oct-20, Nov-3, Nov-17, Dec-1, Dec-15
Each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45 you receive 3 x 45 minute intensive structured Spanish lessons (each lesson is followed by a 15 minutes break).
The ‘Discover Cuba’ content features additional Spanish language tuition, oral comprehension and dialogue (approx. 4 hours per week).
Each week there are two dance lessons featuring Salsa – Tuesday and Thursday usually commencing 14:00 – in a licensed dance school (approximately one hour each lesson).
Ratio of instructor to student 1:1.
Each week there are three Discover Cuba cultural excursions/activities Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon (usually commencing 14:00).
Two weekends feature a guided trip to the beach and the four-week program features a weekend in Viñales Valley.
Accommodation Sunday to Sunday (14 or 28 nights) in a shared room with breakfast & lunch included.
What's Not 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 to choose from.
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