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What to expect in Cuba

Cuba, an island country south of Florida may not be far geographically from the States, but it may as well be another world. This multiethnic country whose customs and people have diverse origins, holds community as its cornerstone, so you can expect a warm welcome as you immerse yourself in the Cuban way of life.

Explore the Cuban capital of Havana with its iconic vintage cars, palatial mansion museums and old-world cobblestone squares, and then take a road trip to Cienfuegos, a beautiful mix of classic French architecture and warm Caribbean style, set on Cuba’s largest bay. On the way, stop at Matanzas, the birthplace of rumba, the popular Afro-Cuban dance.

Soak up the diverse landscape of Cuba, from tropical forests to palm-fringed beaches, make connections with the warmhearted locals, and learn a few steps of salsa while sipping on a Cuban rum cocktail.

Where do we operate programs in Cuba

What type of programs can you do in Cuba

STUDY ABROAD IN CUBA

Choose to study abroad in Cuba and experience the multiethnic, vibrant lifestyle of this country.

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Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.

YOUR PROGRAM

  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN CUBA

Here are some recommendations for what you can do in your spare time when in Cuba:

  • Visit Havana’s Old Town (Habana Vieja): This UNESCO World Heritage site is a maze of narrow streets, colonial buildings, and lively squares. Visit the Cathedral of Havana, Plaza de Armas, and the Capitol.
  • Tour Tobacco Farms in Viñales: Tour the stunning Viñales Valley and learn about tobacco farming, visit caves, and take in the breathtaking landscape.
  • Listen to Live Music & Dance: Attend a live music performance, or learn salsa dancing. The Casa de la Musica in Havana and Trinidad are popular spots.
  • Explore Museums: Go to the Museum of the Revolution in Havana or the Palacio Cantero in Trinidad.

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Cuba FAQs

Where is Cuba located?

Cuba is in the Caribbean Sea, south of the U.S. state of Florida, west of the Bahamas, and north of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. To the west of Cuba lies Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, and its capital is Havana.

What is the capital of Cuba?

The capital of Cuba is Havana.

Is Cuba safe?

Cuba was generally considered safe for tourists, with relatively low violent crime rates, especially against visitors. However, travelers should be cautious of petty thefts in tourist areas, be aware of the country’s strict governmental regulations, and understand the dual currency system to avoid scams. While internet access is limited and can be censored, standard health precautions apply, such as drinking bottled water and avoiding mosquito bites. Always check recent travel advisories and gather current insights before your journey.

What is the currency in Cuba?

Cuba has a dual currency system: the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). However, it’s important to note that the Cuban government announced plans to unify the currencies, with the CUC phasing out in favor of the CUP. Travelers planning a trip to Cuba should verify the most recent currency information and understand the current system to avoid confusion and potential financial mishaps.

What language does Cuban speak?

Cubans primarily speak Spanish. It is the official and most widely spoken language in Cuba. While there might be regional variations or slang, the Spanish spoken in Cuba is mainly intelligible to Spanish speakers from other countries. However, it has its accent and some unique vocabulary.

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STEP 1
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