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The family trip of a lifetime for all Santa Barbara High Schools, led by Dos Pueblos teacher

Cuba Cultural & Educational Highlights
Explore life on the 20th century’s most mysterious island. Valerie Lent leads a unique experiential learning. Once considered the forbidden fruit of the West, Cuba is now closer than ever. Fascinating history, breathtaking architecture, warm people, rich music and art, make it the best time to discover Cuba. We take our travelers beyond the touristy exterior, to meet fascinating Cubanos on the wave of change.

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¡Viva Cuba! 2017

December 16 - 23, 2017 Valerie Lent

Once considered the forbidden fruit of the West, Cuba is now closer than ever. Fascinating history, breathtaking architecture, warm people, rich music and art, make it the best time to discover Cuba. We take students beyond the touristy exterior, to meet fascinating Cubanos on the wave of change. Our excursions provide travelers with the best of Cuba’s “must-‐see’s” in a fun, hands-‐on way. Vibrant City Culture. Tropical Beach Explorations. Exciting Baseball Games. Charming Pueblos and Mountain Ecology Preserves. Wherever we are, each day has an exciting activity for students, humanizing real people once dismissed as “enemy communists.”

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Vietnam Discovery 2017

March 23 - April 2, 2017 Valérie Lent

Combining cultural awareness, adventure travel, insider’s access to living historians, service, and analytical reflection, this one-of-a-kind educational trip empowers students to understand the causes and consequences of America’s most controversial war. Students learn of Cold-War era dynamics, geopolitical concerns, policies, and personalities which shaped the Indochina conflict. Through a comprehensive itinerary balancing active learning with quiet reflection, students are encouraged to perceive the Vietnam War through a lens of compassion. Ultimately, the synthesis of historical curriculum, conscious tourism, contact with living historians, and daily journal-writing provide a framework for applying the lessons of the past upon the geopolitical conflicts of today.

In anticipation to our departure to Vietnam, travelers will engage in a series of meetings which will provide students with briefings on essential pre-departure content: the long history of Vietnam at the local, regional, and global levels; certain social and cultural standards of their host country; and behavioral expectations while in Vietnam.

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Travel Program Leader

Valérie Lent

Valerie Lent recognizes the importance of educating students outside the classroom, community, and culture of the United States in order to forge a more competent global citizenry.

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Valerie Lent

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