Your main base will be in the heart of Old Havana, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site BTW due to its utterly stunning shabby chic architecture. You’ll live in the Jakera House right in the centre of a myriad of gorgeous neoclassical buildings, buzzing with music, bars and impromptu dancing. Utter heaven.
There is so much to do and see here that we are mixing it up and interweaving volunteering, cultural outings and of course dancing...so take your strictly shoes.
Pre-covid the Cuba team supported three main community initiatives: The Arco and Barrio Vieja Community centre, the El Gimnasio boxing gym and the Escuala y Instituto de Musica Cubana – all iconic centres which supported the well being of families and children.
Sadly, everything came to a grinding halt in March and is only just beginning to open up again.The Cuban team are slowly working their way round to re-order their focus. Closer to your arrival time we know what your project is going to be, but it will involve a refurbishing element in one of these centres.
There is so much to see and do here and so much to learn about the history. Our local guides will steer you off the beaten track to lots of interesting places, but this week will focus on the Plaza de la Revolution and the walk on the Malecon.
Ok, for all those familiar with Strictly Come Dancing – this is your moment to get in tune with your inner self and let your hair down whilst learning to Salsa, Rumba and Merengue!
Your evenings will range from grabbing a bite to eat in one of the many cheap and cheerful eateries in your neighbourhood to chilling along the Malecon with local Habeneros or a trip to Vedado to enjoy the music and nightlife of this incredible city.
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 Casa kitchen.