Dates: Jan. 6- Jan. 12th.  (It could be Jan. 7-13, so please hold).  You will be asked to return to campus the evening before you depart.

Cost: $2,000 plus the cost of a passport (if you do not have one), immunizations (should you chose to get them), and any spending money for souvenirs.  The trip includes flight, hotel, food, visa, international health insurance and the cost of all activities while in the airport or in Cuba.

Student Coordinators: Anna Masica and Erin Brown

Immersion site: The Cuban Revolution of 1959 was a watershed event in the history of all of modern Latin America.  This immersion provides an opportunity to go to Cuba to study the revolution, its aftermath, and the present day issues affecting the lives of Cubans.  We experience the beauty of Cuba and also look at those things that challenge Cubans.

Partner Organization:
The Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) at Augsburg University works with university groups across the country, engaging them in more than 30 international locations. CGEE is focused on providing experiential-based learning experiences in the tradition of Paulo Freire’s Praxis Model of education. In Nicaragua, CGE has a three very experienced full-time staff and a learning center.

Activities: 

This program with the Center for Global Education and Experience/Augsburg University and ABC Charters is an opportunity to learn about Cuba through interaction with Cuban citizens and immersion in the culture.  The Cuban Revolution is a focus on this immersion.  We will study the models of universal healthcare and public education that emerged out of Cuba’s revolution.  We will ask Cubans what they think about the role of the Catholic Church and recent economic and political reforms on the island.  We will listen to Cuban perspectives on how U.S.-Cuba policies effect people’s day-to-day lives.  Finally, we also have a chance to experience firsthand the vibrancy of Cuban culture—art, dance, and music, for which Cuba is famous.

Accommodations: You will be housed several nights in homestays in the Vedado neighborhood.  In homestays, which they call “casas particulares,” you will be paired with one or two other JCU students or staff according to gender.

Resources: recommended readings and videos are provided by Augsburg University. Found here.