6 Weeks in Cuba: Explore Havana + Marine Conservation + Community Development


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I had an amazing time and experience. I learnt a lot about my self and other cultures. My favourite thing was meeting all the people from other countries, who I hope to stay in contact with.
Charlotte Darby
Charlotte Darby
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Your Itinerary

What you'll do and where you'll go, from the day you arrive until you hop on a plane back home.
  • Wk 1-2 Havana
    Your base for the first 2 weeks is in the heart of Old Havana, a myriad of gorgeous neoclassical buildings buzzing with music and dancing everywhere. Your time here will be a mix of cultural exchange and exploration, led by our amazing guides, with learning to dance and speaking Spanish.
  • Sunday Paseo Del Prado - Havana
    Every Sunday on the Paseo del Prado Boulevard, artists set up workshops to share their creative talent with local kids for free. Part of our volunteer ‘donation’ is to contribute to the energy and excitement of this event, by making discreet donations of materials and organising for you to assist the artists with engaging these kids.
  • Wk 3 Playa Giron
    After your cultural fill it’s down to Playa Giron on the southern Caribbean shores. Here you’ll help the Cuban Red Cross and the International Dive Centre protect the local beaches and shallow waters of the Marine Park from discarded litter and the lion fish endemic.
  • Wk 4 Help rebuild a Baseball Pitch

    We are currently midway through this large and ambitious development project in Playa Giron where the need was clear: Playa Giron’s baseball community was neglecting its junior members leaving them to practice and compete on unsuitable and hazardous wasteland. As a result the junior members don’t develop their key game skills leaving them unmotivated, unfocused and unable to compete in any way.

    You will work alongside the local community to breath life back into this facility and reboot the community spirit.

  • Wk 5 Trinidad Adventure Week
    Next up is a week in Trinidad, an amazing and impressive World Heritage site. You'll be based in the stunning old town but will head off everyday to explore, sail, scuba, cycle, dance and or trek - masses to do.
  • Wk 6 Havana Community Centres
    For the last week it’s back to Havana to help in one of our community centres which we sponsor or with the sports center who need volunteers.

    The community centres

    The community centres are a 'home away from home' for kids whose domestic circumstances are difficult. As well as hands on renovation to make this building fit for purpose and an inspiring place to hang out you will help pack the centre with after school clubs, homework supervision, teaching English and drama and music.

    Sports Complex Development

    El Complejo Deportivo is most famous for the baseball players it has produced, this public sports facility hosts sporting events for several different schools, sports clubs and all the community centres in Havana, making it an extremely important facility.

    Here you will work side by the local teams and athletes to improve the facilities and organise local matches for kids in need.

  • End Last Fling
    We are in Cuba after all – doesn’t the last night deserve a few mojitos, the salsa and possibly the cha cha?

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