Of course. There are many opportunities to head off on your own, and many people on this trip also extend their time in Cuba afterwards to travel around more. There are many museums and other sites to see in Havana, plus you could even take a few days to head to towns such as Santiago, Cienfuegos or Trinidad (the latter is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean).
Get your Salsa on and Learn Spanish in the heart of Havana the UNESCO world heritage site and capital city of Cuba. An exciting destination with a turbulent history you can witness it in the making as you learn Spanish and soak up the atmosphere in this amazing Caribbean country. This is complete cultural immersion and you will see the site to Cuba that most ” tourists” are hidden from. That’s a good thing by the way, as we think you will fall in love this place.
Learn Spanish & Salsa in Havana Cuba!: Trip Highlights
This programme is, without doubt, one of our most ambitious ever, and will see you begin your journey in the world famous capital city, Havana. You won’t be staying in a hotel though, but in a casa particular, charming guesthouses run by local people and which are one of the only examples of legal capitalism in the country.
This accommodation will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, as you share breakfast and lunch with the owners, as well as fellow travellers. You can even practice your Spanish on them, and they’ll certainly do their best to help you understand the country as a whole.
- Exploring this wonderful Caribbean country
- Learning Spanish with Spanish lessons
- Cruising through Havana in 1950s cars
- Exploring the culture and history of this incredible country
- Seeing what life is like living in the world last Communist states
- Gaining impressive Cuban salsa moves with included dancing lessons and other cultural activities
Learn Spanish & Salsa in Havana Cuba! Photos
Learn Spanish & Salsa in Havana Cuba!: Full Details
Much of the time in Havana will be spent learning Spanish, and you will be given 3 x 45 minute lessons every weekday. Don’t worry though, it’s not like school the lessons are informal and delivered by local teachers! The lessons are tailored to your level as well, with a test at the beginning of the program used to established what you need to be taught. You’ll be in small classes too, with about 6-8 pupils being the maximum.
You won’t just be learning the language in Havana though you’ll be learning the culture and traditions as well, and what is more Cuban than throwing your hair back and taking to the dance floor? Cubans love to dance, and you’ll get a couple of dance lessons each week to learn the basics of dances such as the cha cha cha, rumba and, of course, salsa. Okay, you won’t be an expert when you leave, but you’ll impress everyone when you get back home! You might even impress some of the locals with your moves when you head to one of the many different vibrant music venues throughout the city in the evening!
Each afternoon Monday to Friday, usually from 14:00-15:00, you will receive a structured private dance class (teacher student ratio 1:1). You will be taken through your paces – lessons will 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… (Trinidad is the home of Salsa ‘Casino’). The lessons are delivered in ‘Casa Del Son’ – a professional dance school a short walk from Casa Jakera – by a licensed dance instructor, and in the evenings there are MANY free live music venues where you can do your homework!
Right : Girls and boys are separated into different classes so each can concentrate on their own footsteps!
Each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45 you will receive 3* x 45 minute intensive structured Spanish lessons (each lesson is followed by a 15 minute break). Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher. On the first morning there will be a short test to establish your level and requirements – we cater for beginner, intermediate and advanced.
* In Trinidad you receive 2 x 45 minute lessons each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-10:45.
While in Cuba, you will be staying with real Cuban families, understanding what it is like to live in this country on a day to day basis. As already mentioned, you’ll stay in a casa particular while in Havana, and some of the main features of these are:
- Run by local families, therefore providing a window into the life of Cubans
- Twin rooms with air conditioning
- All rooms have on en-suite bathroom
- Breakfast and lunch included within the price
- Located in Habana Vieja, the most authentic part of the city
- Owner of the casa particular is a doctor, should any medical problems arise
- Family speaks some English, making the transition to Cuban life easier
A Rough Idea of Price
All of our gap year holidays are completely customised to your needs and prices will therefore vary based on things like the time of year and level of accommodation; but we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.
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- Airport pickup and transfer
- Dinner when on the cultural exchange project
- Approximately 80 hours in Spanish lessons
- Cuban dance lessons twice a week
- Three cultural sessions per week
- Costs for visas
- Spending money
- Travel insurance
Frequently Asked Questions
Our teachers are trained to deal with all different levels. The level of teaching will be tailored to your exact needs, therefore it doesn’t matter if you arrive speaking some Spanish, or absolutely none at all. All you need to bring is a willingness to learn!
The price includes all accommodation, as well as breakfast and lunch every day (plus dinner when on the cultural exchange). Additionally, you will receive around 80 hours of Spanish lessons, as well as dance lessons twice a week and three cultural sessions per week. The price also includes two trips to the beach and a visit to Vinales Valley. Extra nights can be booked for $35, and the cost of the transfer from the airport to the hotel will be approximately $15. We will also be happy to advise on the best ways to book flights to Cuba from any other country.
Make sure you bring everything you’ll need for the trip, as many things you take for granted will not be available in Cuba. This includes medication, mosquito spray, sanitary products and a plenty of clothes. If you are able to, please also bring extra supplies of essentials, as these can be given to the local people and will help to improve their lives immeasurably. These will be collected by your host and you might get the chance to help them with the distribution.
We get lots of vegetarians and vegans joining us on the programme. Being a tropical country there is loads of fresh fruit and veg… mostly organic too. Beans and rice are ubiquitous – often beans prepared with pork but our kitchen can do without pork easily.
Learn Spanish & Salsa in Havana Cuba! Trip Dates
2019 – Two Start Dates per Month