Wednesday, July 11, 2012

August P2P @ $1200

Dates:             August 4 to 11, 2012
What:             Cuba People to People
How much:   $1200.00 including air from Miami to Havana, hotel, meals as listed, entry visa, program, transportation, guide, program fees
Apply:            $200.00 deposit due now.  Write to info@commongroundtravel for application and inquiries

Travel to Cuba this summer -- yes, in a few short weeks -- for a People to People Educational program in Cuba, as follows:

Cuba:  People to People

Saturday         August 4
09:00 am         Check in to Concourse G, Miami International Airport, Gulfstream Charters. 
01:00 pm         Depart on SkyKing flight 5K-252, arriving Havana at approximately 2:00 pm
04:00 pm         Meet Amistur guide and transfer to the Hotel. 
Check in at Bruzón Hotel
07:00 pm         Welcome dinner and party with a neighborhood CDR group.
Sunday           August 5
08:00 am         Breakfast at the Hotel 
10:00 am         Visit to the community of Las Terrazas in Artemisa province. Meet with the inhabitants of this rural community built in the late 1960s and converted by its residents into a model of ecology.
                        Swimming in San Juan River ¨El arroyo de la sierra me complace más que el mar¨ Marti´s poem ¨the river in the mountains pleases me more than the sea¨
Mid day           Lunch at Casa del Campesino.
03:00 pm         Back to Havana.
07:00 pm         Dinner at the Hotel
Monday           August 6
07:00 am         Breakfast at the Hotel
09:00 am         Exchange with a Historian about Henry Reeve, one of the first U.S. Americans to extend the
hand of friendship to the Cuban people, volunteering for the Ejército Mambi in 1868 at the age of 18 and killed on August 4, 1876 in his 400th battle for the liberation of Cuba from Spain at the side of the Cuban people.
11:00 am         Depart for San Pedro in Bauta Municipality, where General Antonio Maceo y Grajales was killed in combat by the Spaniard colonialist. Then to El Cacahual Monument where Maceo was buried
Lunch on your own
03:00 pm         People to People exchange in the neighborhood of Atarés, home of Los Marqueses, one of the most important and historic carnival dance crews in Havana and also where a local community group called the Atarés-Pilar Transformation Workshop does organizing work with women in self-esteem, with local Afro-Cuban religious leaders on restoration of community values, and with young people on anti-violence leadership. 
Evening           Return to the Hotel and Dinner

Tuesday          August 7
08:00 am         Breakfast at the hotel. 
09:00 am         Meet at the Headquarters of ICAP
11:00 am        Meet with members of the Henry Reeves Cuban Medical Brigade who have volunteered in Haiti 
Opportunity to hear about their experiences and exchange views
01:00 pm         Lunch at Casa de la Amistad in Vedado.  
Tour of the high points of the city by bus:  Revolution Square, the Malecón and then Old
Havana with a visit to the City Museum
                        A walking tour of Old Havana, stopping to talk to residents and find out how they view the transformation of their historic neighborhood
Free time in Old Havana
Evening           Return to the Hotel and Dinner
Wednesday     August 8
07:00 am         Breakfast at the Hotel.
10:00 am    Visit to the Women & Family Services House, Calle 2 entre 21 y 23, one of many throughout the country organized by the Federation of Cuban Women. Opportunity to exchange with Cuban women at the House
01:00 pm         Lunch on your own 
03:00 pm         Meeting at CENESEX, the Cuban National Center for Sexual Education
06:00 pm         Back to the Hotel and dinner.
Thursday        August 9
07:00 am         Breakfast at the Hotel.
09:00 am         Visit to a policlinic and family doctor
11:00 am        Visit a community project to meet with the residents and exchange views and experiences.
Lunch on your own 
02:00 pm        Visit to the Museum of the Revolution
Afternoon        Free time in Havana
07:00 pm         Return to the Hotel Dinner.
Friday             August 10
07:00 am         Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 am         Drive into Havana and Ciudad Libertad, School City.  Visit to the Literacy Museum.  .
11:00 am        Exchange with teachers and members of Cuban Association of Teachers.
12:00 pm         Lunch on your own
02:00 pm         Opportunity to explore Havana in small groups, with the goal of interacting with people met on the street to gather impressions.
04:00 pm         Meeting with representatives from ICAP, the Institute of Friendship, for a chance to sum up the visit, ask questions, offer comments.
                        Return to the Hotel. 
08:00 pm        Farewell Dinner at a Local restaurant
Saturday         August 11
07:00 am         Breakfast at the hotel.
11:00 am         Transfer to airport.

The August 4th Cuba People to People program coincides with the death in battle of Henry Reeve, one of the first U.S. American visitors to travel to Cuba and forge friendship with the Cuban people.  Reeve, born in 1850 in Brooklyn, NY, visited Cuba and joined the Mambi Army at the age of 18.  He rose to the rank of Major General before being killed in battle on August 4th, 1876 in his 400th battle. 

The Cuba People to People program is sponsored by the Center for Cuban Studies with Common Ground Education & Travel and designed to be an affordable trip promoting people to people contact with the Cuban people.

Merriam Ansara
Director, Common Ground
359 Main Street, #2A
Easthampton, MA  01027
Tel 413-203-1125 Fax 413-529-1119

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