Program 5

Location: Costa Rica - Cuba
Duration: 8 weeks

CUBA RICA TRAVELLING CLASSROOM

 

We love adventure travel, immersing in other cultures, spending time to understand how things work, enjoying nature and discovering our own potential along the way... And if you are the same... You are going to love this program!

This 8 week experience will give you the adventure and wild nature of Costa Rica and a taste of culture of Cuba.

 

Costa Rica

Learn Spanish, Surf or Yoga, Volunteer & Adventure in Santa Teresa – a jungle surf camp hidden in tropical forest yet within a roar of the Pacific Ocean

 

This program starts on the first Sunday of each month in Costa Rica
Program activities include Spanish lessons, professional surf or yoga lessons, volunteering in a range of projects in Santa Teresa and a turtle volunteer placement with Cirenas OR ASVO.

This is a traveling adventure so you can explore and enjoy the beautiful hinterland of Costa Rica and get a real feel for the biodiversity of this special part of the world.
Your experience is based at ‘Jakera Jungle Surf Camp’ where we have created a jungle paradise complete with swimming pool overlooked by a rich tropical forest bursting with wildlife including red squirrels, howler monkeys and tiny magical hummingbirds.

We are a 10 min walk from the cool cafes, bars and shops that line the 6km stretch of road and beach that make up Playa Santa Teresa/Playa El Carmen.

 

Costa Rica Program Description

 

After 4 weeks we will bring you to the airport in San Jose and your next adventure will begin.

(The "Tourist Visa" for Cuba can be obtained upon check in for the Havana flight at San Jose Int airport, for $20. No need to apply for this visa before traveling)

 

 

Next... Cuba

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.

 

Spanish Lessons

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.

 

Dance Classes

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!

 

Discover Cuba

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

 

Weekend excursions

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 sunrise.

 

 

Rates

8 Weeks

USD 3,680

 

Start Dates 2019

Jan-06, Feb-03, Mar-03, Apr-07 May-05, Jun-02, Jul-07, Aug-04, Sep-01, Oct-06, Nov-03, Dec-01

 

What's included

A total of 56 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch (brunch at weekends), 80 intensive Spanish lessons, 4 professional surf lessons OR 8 Yoga classes, hiking, volunteering, 4 nights at a Turtle Sanctuary, Road Trip to Monteverde plus 3 nights accommodation at Hostal St. Elena, 8 professional dance classes, 12 guided culture walks, two weekend beach excursions and a 3 day excursion to Vinalles Valley.

 

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