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.
Cuba is undergoing a series of interesting changes. Fidel Castro has disappeared from the policy-making scene, with his brother Raul making notable reforms. As the “historicos” pass the torch to a fresh generation of leaders, the success of free market-orientation and the aspirations of young Cubans will determine the country’s future—and relations with the U.S.
During our Cuba educational travel, you’ll see why the romance of Havana is infectious, an odyssey for the senses: Gorgeous relics of old automobiles, aromatic food, languid sea-breezes, soul-inspiring rhythms and uninhibited artistic expression – make it the most alluring of all Caribbean cities.
People to People: Local Community
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.”
How to balance the excitement of adventure travel with true understanding?
History Matters: Learning From The Past
With us, students evaluate the role of geography, imperialism, slavery, island ethnicity, resources and power defining U.S.-Cuba relations 1895 to the present. We consider the causes and consequences of the Cuban Revolution, the Batista regime, Cold War geopolitics, the Bay of Pigs incident, Cuban Missile Crisis and the Trading with the Enemy Act criminalizing travel to Cuba since 1960. Readings from Cuban dissidents, scholars, and poets give voice to a complex diaspora of people on both sides of the Florida straits.
Students return from our adventures in Cuba with a clear vision: connectivity and social entrepreneurialism are vehicles for long term peace between historical rivals.
Witness history manifest through an enchanting exploration of an enigmatic island in rare transformation through our Cuba educational travel. Perhaps the only place on Earth where time isn’t money, Cuba is a living museum of culture, music and boundless human creativity. Understand connectivity, commerce and social entrepreneurship as vehicles for long term peace between historical rivals.
Walk Old Town Havana
Explore colonial and native island culture
Photograph rare scenery
Taste creative island cuisine
Experience Afro-Caribbean rhythms
Play baseball with local children
Learn to Dance Salsa and Rumba
Visit Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts
Trek tobacco farms and old sugar plantations
Snorkel vibrant coastal reefs on tropical beaches
Meet notable artists, intellectuals and revolutionaries
We are so impressed with the student travelers of Peace Works Travel. They came to Southeast Asia seeking to understand and help with the challenges of land-mined-Cambodia and the UXO-littered country of Laos. It’s incredible how they have already developed an awareness of war and an intellectual curiosity and exercised the act of social responsibility at such a young age.
Bill Morse, Director Cambodian Landmine Museum, Siem Reap
My Peace Works Travel tour taught me about my uncle’s military service of Vietnam. I appreciate his sacrifice for our country so much more now than before the trip.
Briggs Boss, Sophomore, Thacher School
This is truly the trip of a lifetime. Every day gets better and our guides make us feel like family.
Stacy Serrette, Teacher and Dean of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Peace Works Travel students are doing what we should all strive for everyday: learn from history and engage with dialogues of conflict resolution. That's the only way to prevent the next genocide from happening.
Paul Rusesabagina, Real-life Hotel Rwanda hero who saved over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide.
You opened our eyes to the tragedy created from a war long ago. As a family, we have had many discussions inspired by the trip. There is nothing better than sitting around and having your kids interact in intellectual conversations. Many thanks for adding new food for thought to our kitchen table.
Shirley Hahn, Beverly Hills, California
History teacher-turned social entrepreneur makes an impact on educational travel scene.
The Santa Barbara Independent
After visiting the Killing Fields, we restored our hope with a volunteer project teaching English to kids. I understood how humans can heal from tragedy: We must all invest in the hopes of a new generation.
Alex Greer, Junior, Laguna Blanca School
The Vietnamese veterans shared stories about the War, ideas about a bright future for the next generation and how it feels to connect with those they fought. It was fascinating to hear their insights. The students were awestruck.
Kelly Bennett, history teacher, Santa Barbara Middle School
Vietnam was a name I had grown up hearing: a place my father had tried to avoid, a war my mom protested against, the battlefield where my uncle lost his sight to a landmine. When my school announced the spring trip, I knew I had to go. It was the best experience of my entire life.
Alexandra Kall, Francis Parker School
Volunteering at the Peace Works Travel Village was life-changing for my students. After learning about chemical warfare they discovered we can actually "do something" for the children living with the legacy of Agent Orange. I am forever grateful for this experience.
Spencer Barr, English Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, California
I had never led a group outside the country before. Your organization and planning and daily programing is so excellent. I will definitely do this again. Thanks so much.
Stacy Serrette, Director of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Another great day yesterday. We saw the body of Ho Chi Minh and learned more about his philosophy of bringing the government close to the ordinary people, how he lived in such simple quarters to make that point, and how the country evolved from independence from the French. Our students asked such great questions that integrated their thinking on policies and personalities. It’s clear they are connecting the various stories of Vietnam together in a more comprehensive picture of the war.
Eric Taylor, Francis Parker School, San Diego, California
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Last Day in Vietnam for Emma Willard Students
Another great day yesterday. We saw the body of Ho Chi Minh and learned more about his philosophy that he wants the government to be close to the ordinary people, how he lived in such simple quarters to make that point, and how the country evolved from independence from the French. Our girls ask such […]