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Global Experiential Learning

Environmental Justice in Cuba, Spring 2024

Upcoming Info Sessions

All sessions, including those on campus, are available via Zoom, unless noted otherwise. 

Spring 2024 Cuba Program Information Session

      • There are no more info sessions for this program.

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THIS PROGRAM HAS ENDED - We had a fabulous time in Cuba!


Join a 15-day global experiential learning adventure in Cuba!

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Travel Dates

  • Monday, April 8, 2024 (arrive in Havana, Cuba) 
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024 (depart Havana, Cuba)

Program Description

Theme: Environmental Justice in Cuba

This program is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of environmental issues and sustainable development of the Cuban context, while learning about Culture, Social Justice, Interculturality, and Global Perspectives.

Through immersive experiences, academic rigor, hands-on experiences, community engagement, workshops, discussions, and reflection, participants will delve into the complexities of environmental challenges to contribute to local efforts toward a more just and sustainable future, as well as being advocates for positive change in both local and global contexts.

Program Highlights

3 Cities: Havana, Playa Girón, and Viñales

  • Environmental Justice Seminar
  • Cultural Activities & Field Trips
  • Casas Particulares (Family Guest House Program)
  • Local Immersion
  • Community Service Opportunities

Program Objectives

  • Study Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) using a holistic and immersive approach
  • Discover Cuban Culture and Perspectives
  • Foster Global Citizenship and Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Participate actively as a responsible tourist for more sustainable Community Development
  • Engage in meaningful Service Learning and Community Service Activities
  • Promote personal growth and adaptability
  • Develop skills in critical analysis and media literacy
  • Empower advocacy and change

Program Faculty

Kathryn Maurer, Ph.D. (Anthropology & Global Studies)

Program Host

Foothill College is partnering with CELEI Regenerative Education in the program design and infrastructure of this Spring 2024 Cuba program. 

Participant Options: For-Credit & Not-For-Credit

Participants who select the “For Credit” option will enroll in 6 units of coursework in a short-term Spring 2024 session through Foothill College. Classes will continue online upon return from Cuba through May 3, 2024. 

Participants may also select a Not-For-Credit option through Foothill College Community Education without enrolling in the coursework. Not-for-credit participants will be invited to attend all lectures and activities embedded in the for-credit courses, but will not be required to complete the readings and assignments, and program participation will complete upon program departure from Cuba.

Courses Offered (For-Credit Option)

  • GLST 2 Global Issues (4 credits)
  • SOSC 79 Introduction to Community/Civic Engagement (1 credit)
  • ANTH 55 Applied Cultural Anthropology Field Methods (1 credit)

Application and Costs

As part of the application process, please complete the interest form to tell us a bit more about yourself. If you meet the initial program eligibility criteria, we'll provide the official program application.

Pre-Application Interest ForM

Program Cost, Fees and Deadlines 

  • Application deposit (applied towards program fee): $100
  • Application Deadline: Rolling deadline. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until program is full. Application closing date: February 29, 2024. 
  • Remaining program fees for for-credit Foothill students: $3850 (total $3950) + Enrollment Fees (see below) 
  • Remaining program fees for not-for-credit Community Ed participants: $4650 (total $4750)
  • Final payment deadline: February 29, 2024.
  • Enrollment Fees & Tuition (for-credit only): Variable by units and residency status – see Student Fees & Tuition

NOTE: Financial Aid can be used for these programs. To learn more, contact our Financial Aid Office. Scholarships are also available, and applicaiton deadline coming up soon! Submit an interest form to find out more.

Program Components

Included in program fees

  • Pre-departure and on arrival orientations from CELEI program coordinators, including a comprehensive participant information packet with culturally relevant information for appropriate and safe travel to/from and within Cuba
  • Faculty-led lectures and seminars, field trips, integrated experiential (out-of-the-classroom) learning opportunities in places of great cultural and ecological interest
  • Workshops with local experts, e.g. scientists, artists and activists 
  • Service learning/volunteer opportunities 
  • Guided activities including city tours, heritage site visits, hiking, horsebackriding, and snorkeling
  • Cultural immersion experiences, including guest stays in family homes
  • Accommodation in double rooms (an upgrade to single occupancy may be availble) and half board (full breakfast and dinner) 
  • Airport transfers in Havana and all in-country transportation as part of program itinerary
  • 24/7 emergency support
Optional (additional fees required)
  • Group Flight. Option of joining a group flight from SFO-Havana, departing SFO on the evening of April 7 and returning to SFO on April 23 for $615 RT (fees may increase or decrease slightly at time of purchase). Reserve your space early! 

Not included in program fees

  • Airfare and visa/license for entry to Cuba
  • Any meals not listed above
  • Medical insurance (required) and travel insurance (recommended)
  • Personal spending money
  • Foothill tuition and enrollment fees (for-credit students only) 
  • Anything else not named above

Program Eligibility

Open to adults of all ages and experiences who:

  • Have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent
  • Are able to travel to Cuba (hold/able to obtain a U.S. passport or a passport from a country with eligible entry to Cuba)
  • Are ready for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!


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