Welcome to Havana
The city that will have you moving and shaking until the early hours....
Your base will be in the heart of Old Havana – a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, so brace yourself for 101 selfie opportunities. This area is a myriad of gorgeous neoclassical buildings packed with local people living cheek by jowl. At street level, there is a constant musical buzz floating out from the many hip bars scattered throughout this popular neighbourhood - heaven.
Explore and learn Spanish
Your time here will involve a mix of volunteering, Spanish lessons, dance, cultural exchange and exploration lead by our guides, whose contacts will take you way off the tourist trail.
Typically a day will involve Spanish lessons in the mornings before refurbishing one of the community centres we support and exploring the cities museums and galleries, with a few salsa dancing lessons thrown in for good measure.
The evenings will range from home cooked fun at the Casa to chilling along with Malecon with local Habeneros or a trip to Vedado to enjoy the music and nightlife of this incredible city.
You will also enjoy a couple of half day trips to the local beaches along Playas del Este to enjoy the refreshing Caribbean waters.
You will live in a large Cuban apartment in a neoclassical tenement building in Old Havana. Like most of Old Havana, the architecture, exterior and communal stairs, are safe but in an overall dilapidated condition (call it shabby chic!). Inside however, the apartment is very comfortable, with views across the neighbourhood from the terraces where you can chill.
Expect dormitory style bedrooms sleeping six, with bathrooms providing hot and cold water showers and western style toilets.
Breakfast and lunch included.
Dinner is extra and can be in one of local cafes or you can cook in the house kitchen.