What To Expect:
In Havana you’ll be greeted by smiling faces, classic Chevys, and street-side displays of daily life—impromptu music sessions, afternoon cigar breaks, and pick-up games of children’s tag. You’ll quickly learn that the city’s center of political life is the Plaza de la Revolucion, but the center of social life is the Malécon. Venture into the heart of Havana Vieja (Old Havana). Neighborhood residents and a Cuban architect will eagerly compare and contrast how Havana’s oldest neighborhood has changed over the years. Do you see similarities to your own city? How about the food scene? In Havana your dining experiences will not only be delicious, but engaging: over traditional Cuban dishes, you’ll discuss with chefs, lawyers, and economists what it’s like to run a high-end private restaurant or a paladar (pop-up home eatery) in Cuba. Like food, art and music are integral to Cuban life. You’ll be invited to exchange ideas on the importance of artists and performers to Cuban and American communities and compare what its like breaking into a creative career. From Havana you will head for the bucolic Viñales Valley. A stunning natural gem! The Viñales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as Cuba’s most productive agricultural region. Compare and contrast farming practices in Cuba and the U.S. as you learn how tobacco is harvested and prepared for cigars at a family-run tobacco farm. When you return to the city, a professor from the University of Havana will introduce you to the University. You will be joined by law students who will discuss intellectual law and foreign investments in Cuba and the U.S. with you. Your final opportunity to exchange ideas with Cuban locals will be during a visit to one Havana’s most inspirational art studios. This is the perfect moment to envision an exciting future for Cuba and the U.S with some of Cuba’s most creative and courageous students.