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We make short term academic island travel easy

We’ve sent thousands of teachers and students to Cuba on study abroad tours since 1997. We specialize in arts, music, dance, nature, volunteerism and sports programs. Our focus is people-to-people travel that connects students and teachers to their island peers.

Our project’s mandate is fair trade travel that builds ties of learning, friendship and understanding between North Americans and Cubans. Together with faculty tour leaders, we prepare and implement itineraries rich in academic and social content. Students return home with increased social awareness and a desire for civic engagement – motivated by the example of their Cuban counterparts – to make a difference.

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Student and teacher with baby crocodile at Guamá reserve where endangered crocs are reared before release into the wild. Yes, they bite.

Our island project is licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and Cuban Chamber of Commerce. We are the only American tour operator that holds this status.

Our organization is sponsored by the renowned Office of the Historian of Havana whose work is referenced globally as a preeminent example of humanistic urban renewal and development, and heritage conservation.

We have support of many other Cuban government ministries, educational institutions, NGOs, and community and religious organizations. They help us help you because we’ve been supporting Cuba for nearly two decades.

Our Cuban staff and guides are worldly experts who love their country and know its history, culture and society inside out. Sensitive to the needs of Americans they ensure Cuba study abroad is safe, and academically and culturally rewarding.

Our team, based in Cuba, Canada and the US, is here to assist you and your students witness the island on experiential learning journeys tailored to your curriculum requirements. We do this for thousands of dollars less than other agencies.

Team Cuba Explorer is eager to collaborate with you to develop a Cuba study abroad trip for faculty, staff, parents and students.

Ask us for a custom itinerary proposal and budget. It takes days, not weeks.

We assist with Cuba study tours of any duration. Programs can be focused on any subject: language, nature, art, music, sociology, dance, volunteerism, history, religion, or Latin and African American history and studies for instance. Or themes can be mixed. We help build programs that meet your academic requirements and travel abroad expectations.

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Cuban and American students at Havana’s Escuela Taller [Workshop School] where ancient techniques for authentic restoration is taught.

Among the many schools we’ve sent to Cuba are: College Heights Secondary, Concordia University, Crofton House Secondary, CSU Long Beach, Fraser Heights Secondary, Haileybury Secondary, Kitsilano Secondary, Kwantlen University, Lord Byng Secondary, Malaspina University, Marianopolis College, Mount Carmel Secondary, Prince of Wales Secondary, Quinte Secondary, St. Georges Secondary, St-Jerome College, VanTech Secondary, Wooster College and 60 more US and Canadian schools.

Activities may include museum visits for art, science, astronomy, natural history, ceramics, Hemingway, literacy, and many other specialties. Nature excursions could examine forests, marine life, birds, caving, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking, and organic farming.

Social and cultural encounters are nearly without limits, including dance, music, language, art, healthcare, theater, history, architecture, religious institutions of all types, community centers, speciality schools for food, crafts, art, design and myriad other subjects, social worker meetings, visits with with artists, writers and war veterans, sports, music and dance performances and competitions, Afrocuba history, religion and culture. As well as business and entrepreneurship, use of medicinal plants and herbs for healing. Think out of the box.

Participation in conventions, fairs, celebrations, expositions and festivals when schedules and dates permit.

Services include as many meals as requested, airport transfers, four million dollar insurance riders, medical coverage in Cuba, air arrangements, accommodations, transportation, emergency access to free highspeed and telephone calls to North America, special needs accommodations at all levels, and other services as demanded by your institution.

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Young people are considered the island’s greatest asset. Teachers are considered guardians of the future, rather than burdens upon the public purse. Education, healthcare, housing and research receive the bulk of the federal budget, followed by military expenditure.

  • Cuban students score tops academically in Latin America at all levels
  • Emphasis on sports and fitness
  • No McDonald’s, food is raised locally and organically
  • Sex education at all grade levels, including appreciation for all expressions of loving sexuality
  • Low teen birth rate, abortion on demand
  • Bullying is actively combated
  • Preventative healthcare is taught and practiced
  • Foreign languages required
  • Race and color are celebrated
  • Gender parity is the norm, female leadership is promoted
  • Students aspire to academic excellence
  • Hyperactive kids given supervised focused assignments and tasks instead of pharmaceutical maintenance
  • Graduation rate at grade twelve: 97.5%
  • Abundance of music, dance, art and sport curriculum
  • Youth are cherished and elders revered
  • Cuba is a narcotics-free nation, young people abhor drugs
  • Youth vote at 16 years, the age of majority, except for military at 18
  • History and geography are elevated, together with math, medicine and science
  • Healthcare is free and accessible 24 hours, every school has a doctor or nurse
  • Education is free through university – for adult students too
  • Ecological and environmental awareness integrated into courses
  • High civic engagement by youth
  • Low student to teacher classroom ratios
  • Strong teacher unions that determine curriculum, planning and budgets
  • Parents volunteer to maintain school facilities and services
  • Preschool spots available for all for free
  • No school closures. Some rural schools only have two students
  • Youth literacy rate: 99.3%, the 0.07% deficit on account of disabilities
  • Meals provided free at schools
  • All books and supplies at no cost
  • School supplied uniforms to ensure equality in dress and social status
  • Youth volunteerism expected and required
  • Special needs kids get full-time one-to-one staff attention
  • No examples of weapon assaults and mass murders at schools
  • Low delinquency and youth incarceration rate, community plays vital role in rehabilitation
  • Teachers intervene when domestic violence, resignation or depression is apparent
  • Standardized testing used as a planning benchmark, not as a means to thwart teacher creativity
  • Individual educator innovation is publicly acclaimed