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Cuba
Educational Programs

 

Cuba Educational Programs Details and Schedule *

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Pinar Del Rio Program
(Western Province)

El Corazon de Cuba Program
(Central Provinces)

La Cuna del Espiritu de Cubano Program    (Eastern Provinces)

 

Educational Program Schedule and Fees *

Generally, the programs start on Saturday. Up-coming programs are: *

November 18-28, 2017 US$1890 Pinar del Rio
     
January 6-18, 2018 - FULL US$1890 El Corazon de Cuba 
January 20-30, 2018 US$1890 Pinar del Rio
     
February 17-27, 2018 US$1890 Pinar del Rio
March 3-15, 2018 US$1890 El Corazon de Cuba 
     
April - TBD US$1890 El Corazon de Cuba 
April - TBD US$1890 Pinar del Rio
Hurricane damage precludes this program at this time. TBD La Cuna del Espiritu Cubano

# Because of average temperature above 80o F, higher humidity, more rain, and the occasional hurricane, we pause from May to October. #

If you would notified about future programs, send an email to: ibike (at) ibike.org and request to be kept informed about the the Cuba Educational program.


Information for All Program

Structure: This is a small group, inter-disciplinary, people-to-people, educational program.  It provides the participants the opportunity compare and contrast the work environment, quality of life, social programs, political structure and policies, economic policy and structure, environment and culture of Cuba, with those they are familiar with through activities and fellowship with the Cuban peoples. It is an opportunity to strengthen your knowledge to better enable you to participate in important policy discussions on a wide range of topics that affect world, national and local affairs.  Day-to-day, on an ongoing basis throughout the program there will be opportunities to meet people, small group discussion with Cubans and excursions and presentations on history, architecture, culture, ethnic diversity, social systems, gender rights and roles, politics, agriculture, mining, industry, fisheries, music, language, religion, geology, botany, and ecology.  To increase the people-to-people contact with Cuban society and educational value of the program, the primary modes of travel are bicycle and walking, supported by a vehicle.  There is no test at the end.

U.S. Status: This program operates under a General License for People-to-People Travel (no application or paperwork is required). This is covered by 31 CFR § 515.565(b). For those who want the fine print, the criteria is:

Traveling to Cuba directly incident to educational exchange not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program and (1) the travel takes place under the auspices of an organization that is a person subject to the U.S. jurisdiction and that sponsors such exchanges to Cuba to promote people-to-people contact; (2) the travel is for the purpose of engaging while in Cuba in a full time schedule of activities intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support for civil society, or promote the Cuba people’s independence from the Cuban authorities; (3) Each traveler will have a full time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba (4) an employee, paid consultant or agent of the sponsoring organization is accompanying the group travel to ensure that each traveler has a full time schedule of educational exchange activities, and (5) the predominant portion of the activities to be engaged in will not be with individuals or entities acting for or on behalf a prohibited member of the Cuban communist Party, as defined by 31 CFR 515.338

In the Dept of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control, Frequently Asked Questions Update (July 25, 2017 -- covering the changes announced by the President on June 16, 2017) they restated the policy as follows:

Will group people-to-people travel still be authorized?

Yes. Group people-to-people travel is educational travel not involving academic study pursuant to a degree program that takes place under the auspices of an organization that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people contact. Travelers utilizing this travel authorization must: (i) maintain a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities, and that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba; and (ii) be accompanied by an employee, consultant, or agent of the sponsoring organization, who will ensure that each traveler maintains a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities. In addition, the predominant portion of the activities engaged in by individual travelers must not be with prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba or prohibited members of the Cuban Communist Party (as defined in the regulations). Once OFAC issues the new regulations, new individual people-to-people travel will not be authorized.

Program Fees:  The fee includes deposit, accommodations, two-meals a day and a variety of museums, and cultural and educational activities in Cuba, and donation. A portion of the fee is a tax-deductible donation (to the extent allowed by law) to the International Bicycle Fund.  For most people the average out of pocket expenses per program is $200 plus or minus $100.

Accommodations: Private homes (Casa Particular), small hotels, and cabanas (rustic cabins). There is no tent camping.

Cuba Tourist Card (Visa): Cuba Tourist Cards are obtain in conjunction with the purchase of airline ticket to Cuba. This is covered in detail in the pre-departure materials that are provided to program participants. Each airline handles it a little differently.

Support Vehicle: For most programs, a vehicle carries baggage.

Meals Included: Two meals per day are included. The Cuban cuisine is centered around rice, beans, yucca and other root crops. Pork and chicken are the most common meats. A typical B&B breakfast is eggs, toast, fruit, juice and coffee. Pragmatic vegetarians and people with special diets usually manage OK. Very strict vegetarians will be challenged. When the group stays at private houses they can’t expect to have special dishes cooked for them and should bring a stash of supplements.

Health and Immunizations: Cuba has a very engaged health service and a high sense of public health. Cubans and some visitor drink the tap water to no ill effect. Bottled water is available the bigger towns at the beginning and the end of the day, and that we pass through during the tour. No vaccinations are required for Cuba. It is recommended that you be current on routine immunizations (tetanus-diphtheria, polio, measles, typhoid, and hepatitis A).

Bike: A sturdy bike (touring or MTB) with strong tires and wide gear range is recommended. (You might consider bring a bike that you can donate at the end of the trip. Contact us for more information.)

Bike Rental: With some limitation rental bikes are available. They are delivered to the B&B, and are US$15/day or US$150/program. You will need to bring your own helmet, gloves, basic tools, mini air pump, patch kit, and straps. You might also consider bringing your favorite saddle and pedals (if you have clip-in shoes or a strong preference).

Our partner, the Bicycle Club for the Environment and Culture is a Cuban non-governmental organization promoting bicycle transport and understanding between the people of Cuba and the world.

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* Itineraries, fares and dates subject to change.  A portion of the fee is a tax-deductible donation (to the extent allowed by law) to the International Bicycle Fund.

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