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The entire trip left me with many wonderful memories of Cuba...The Cuban people we met revealed the soul of Cuba by generously sharing their passion, creativity and knowledge with us. I especially enjoyed the last night in Havana when we gathered at the very cool tapas bar at sunset. Two authentic troubadours serenaded us with song and acoustic guitars. Wow!
— Go Learn Traveler, Cuba 2017
YES! The Cuba program with Go Learn lives on, and has no threat of being interrupted.
Since 2015 the University of Utah’s Go Learn Program has visited Cuba on an annual basis. Limited to the size of 20 participants, over the years we made a small but important contribution to both, Cuban-American relations at large as well as people-to-people impact on a personal level.
Our fully sanctioned and licensed program is not threatened by political rhetoric. Over the years we have forged amazing contacts with local and international journalists, architects, city planners, musicians, artists, farmers, and many private, family enterprises such as our bed and breakfast hosts and restaurant owners. With each group we send we make emotional, intellectual, and financial impact on the ground. Our Cuban friends love us and vice versa, our trip participants leave with a special place in their hearts for the Cuban people. We are proud to conduct Citizen Diplomacy on the micro-level.
In traveling to a place one has not only the pleasure to receive, but the obligation to give back. It is more important than ever to visit Cuba, to enjoy its beauty, to meet its people, and to give back on so many levels; to be American. As Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see!”, we have the obligation to learn, to give, and to change, as well as to enjoy and live life with Mojito in hand dancing into the Caribbean night.
Director, Go Learn, University of Utah
Al Campbell, U Professor Emeritus in Economics, will lead an incredible Go Learn journey to Cuba, where he has researched, lived and played for the past thirty years. The trip starts in Miami, where the group will meet before boarding a flight to Havana the following morning. When in Cuba, we have included all ground transportation, entrances and local guides, and some of the most amazing hotels and scrumptious meals Cuba has to offer. This meticulously planned and executed trip was created in partnership with Cuba Educational Travel, who holds a license from the U.S. Treasury Department (CT-2013-303986-1) to arrange educational trips to the island, meaning your memorable visit to Cuba is fully sanctioned by the U.S. government. We hope you join us on this trip of a lifetime!
Trip highlights include:
Hotel in Miami, round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana (airfare to and from Miami is not included), all ground transportation, 4-5 star accommodations, guides, speaker fees, entrances, daily breakfasts and six hand-picked culinary highlights included. A packed and diverse itinerary with countless learning experiences.
Compliance with the U.S. Treasury Department regulations
Comprehensive trip insurance, including sickness/or emergency evacuation insurance
Guest speakers such as Miquel Coyula – architect and urban planner, Frank Delgado - renowned Cuban songwriter, and Nancy Benítez – architect, historian and restoration specialist.
Guided visits to important sites in Havana: art museums, plazas, working farms, and cigar factories.
A visit to Ciénega de Zapata National Park, Playa Giron and the Bay of Pigs Museum, plus nights in easy-going Playa Larga, and picturesque Trinidad.
Private tour of San Isidor de los Destiladeros, a striking archeological site of a 18th and 19th century sugar plantation and factory, where we learn about the horrors of slavery, fueling the worldwide trade of sugar.
Cuba is known world-wide for its distinctive socio-political-economic system, but as any of the 2 million non-American tourists who go there every year would confirm, it’s fascinating for many reason in addition to that. Cuba is its art, its music and dance, its architecture, its natural attractions, its history and its culture. Cuba above all is its people. Come sample a bit of all of these in the most remote and unknown of our next-door neighbors.