Study Team Havana
Founded in 1977, Study Team was the first Spanish language school in Cuba. For Study Team, cultural understanding is very important, so a particular emphasis is put on learning about Cuban life and culture. For this reason, Study Team’s lessons do not take place in the main school building but in a local home or cultural center. To help students develop their cultural understanding of the island, Study Team works with Paradiso, a local agency offering cultural tourist activities.
As Study Team Cuba has three schools in the country, you can split your Spanish course over three destinations without breaking the flow of your studies. After your stay in Havana, you can choose to continue your course in Trinidad or Santiago de Cuba without having to pay the registration fee again.
All of Study Team Havana’s lessons and host families are arranged in Vedado, a cosmopolitan neighborhood in downtown Havana with a number of parks, restaurants and night clubs. The Old Town and Malecón are only a short distance away.
The school can help students to plan activities and excursions in their free time and most students choose to meet up at after class to spend their evening together. Each Thursday night, the school organizes a meeting where students can ask staff for help to plan their weekend trips, which could include going to Playas del Este (a twelve kilometers-long beach just outside the city), the Valle de Viñales (a lush valley with many tobacco farms) or Varadero (a famous resort town in the Matanzas province).
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Study Team Havana - Clark
This was a very good choice for myself, and I am appreciative of your efforts, and the referral of CPI to Yalea.
I enjoyed the location, across the street from the University of Havana, of the home-stay apartment, and the staff, including Caridad the cook and Rey, as well as the family members. The other students were great fellow adventurers as well!
Special affections for the maestra Hilda, who stepped back with me to correct some deficiencies (spelling, tildes, formal and informal) with my very basic understandings, and helping me to focus on areas that need attention. She worked very hard, transcribing papers which ordinarily most people have access to a printer for. We have becomes friends, and later I hope to bring my daughters there to meet her, and for possible instruction.
I hope to travel again to Havana in the very near future, and often in the years to come. This is one place where this spirit of mine has found something like a home. I wish to see more of the country, and a place where people have learned such self-sufficiency, somewhat similar to Alaska.
The visas were issued on the spot, in LAX, by the staff of the agency, who seemed to have traveled from Miami to issue these to the many persons who boarded that day!
Very interesting journey. Thank you for your help.