Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-16 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

June 20th, 2020 - July 4th, 2020

Havana, Cuba

Cost: $3580
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Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and the Cuban national literacy campaign.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 15, 2020.

Additional materials needed:
  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school) Please email your recommenders the PDF above. They submit via email the complete recommendation letter.
  • Copy of Passport
  • $200 program deposit


  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation


  • Airfare to/from the U.S.: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.


Please email or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.

Highlighted Excursions
  • Old Havana tour
  • Visit to community art village called Muraleando Lawton
  • Exchange with local elementary school in Habana Vieja
  • Focus on the Literacy Campaign with a tour of the Museo de Alfabetización, interviews with teachers of the literacy brigade
  • Tour of Hemingway’s house
  • Visits to art museums and screen printing workshops
  • Trip to see where Milton Hershey started the historic sugar plantation starting Hershey Chocolate
  • Visit to public library with presentation by local childrens’ and young adult authors
  • Lectures with faculty from the University of Havana on Afro-Cuban identity, Eco-Tourism, Urban Design and more
  • Visits with local artists and musicians
  • Weekend excursion to Santa Clara to view the memorial to Ernesto Ché Guevara
  • Stay in historic and UNESCO world heritage site – Trinidad
  • Tours of local archaeological sites of old sugar mills
  • Visit to the site of the historic invasion of the Bay of Pigs at Playa Girón to go snorkeling
  • Trip to Matanzas to visit the Triunvirato plantation and Casa de Memoria Escénica
  • And much more!

Preview the printable Itinerary here