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The Culture of Cuba

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

¡Qué bolá, Cuba!

My experience in Cuba was absolutely amazing, and having Andres as our Volunteer Guide definitely contributed to that. He is very welcoming and makes you feel comfortable. It's not easy managing a group of people, and Andres did a great job communicating with each of us, keeping to the agenda, and making sure we had fun. Our volunteer activities included cleaning up a community garden, spending time with children with down syndrome, and playing dominoes with the elderly. These were all beautiful experiences, and the one that really stuck out to me the most was when we spent time with the children. We colored with them, laughed with them, and danced with them. Many of us couldn't speak Spanish fluently and it was amazing to have still created a special bond with them. I'm very thankful to have gone on this trip, and I can't wait to go back. See you later, Cuba.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Great cultural experience in Cuba

We had a wonderful experience in Cuba with our amazing guide, Andre. A lot of the activities involved understanding and immersing ourselves in the culture, which was highly enjoyable. We met with some mothers of children with Downs syndrome and assisted with a landscaping project. It gave us a chance to really get to know some of the people and their struggles. We stayed in people's homes in an area that not many tourists would venture to on their own, and felt totally safe. A lot of this trip is more "voluntourism", which was great for someone who wants to have a little fun instead of working intensely on a specific project. If you are looking for something where you are working all the time this would not be your trip, but if you enjoy the camaraderie of others who are open minded and want to fully experience the Cuban culture, this is your trip!

Institution Affiliates:

The International Volunteer Programs Association