Dos Pueblos & Santa Barbara High School
Cuba Cultural & Educational Highlights
Explore life on the 20th century’s most mysterious island. Valerie Lent and Travis Manach team up to deliver 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 students beyond the touristy exterior, to meet fascinating Cubanos on the wave of change.
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.”Register Now
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.Register Now
Travis has enjoyed learning and growing through traveling and immersing himself into other cultures. He now inspires and encourages students to do the same!Learn More
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.Learn More
Bill Morse, Director Cambodian Landmine Museum, Siem Reap
Briggs Boss, Sophomore, Thacher School
Stacy Serrette, Teacher and Dean of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Paul Rusesabagina, Real-life Hotel Rwanda hero who saved over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide.
Shirley Hahn, Beverly Hills, California
The Santa Barbara Independent
Alex Greer, Junior, Laguna Blanca School
Kelly Bennett, history teacher, Santa Barbara Middle School
Alexandra Kall, Francis Parker School
Spencer Barr, English Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, California
Stacy Serrette, Director of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Eric Taylor, Francis Parker School, San Diego, California