THE FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION
throughout the Cuban countryside!
Sunday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Interact with Cuban nature and naturalists while improving your Spanish!
This 11-day adventure is uniquely designed for curious naturalists, conservationists, birders, and amateur ecologists who want to move from tourist Spanish to a slightly higher level while interacting meaningfully with a variety of Cuban nature specialists. In “Conservational Spanish” conservation and conversation come together to deepen our understanding of Cuba and the Cuban people. We will emphasize the Spanish language and a conceptual study of birds, nature, conservation, and the new international and creole cuisine in Cuba.
We will meet and exchange ideas with Cuban naturalists in such bio-rich areas as Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; the beautiful Viñales Valley and National Park, with its great hiking and birding opportunities; the Ciénaga de Zapata, and of course Old Havana with its fascinating urban ecology.
The estimated price of $3,400 includes transportation to and from Cuba; Cuban visas; pre-trip study materials and study materials/classes in Cuba; medical insurance in Cuba; transportation within Cuba; hotels and bed and breakfasts; group meals in Cuba; and entrance fees.
This delegation will be limited to 10 participants.
Cuban Trogan – drawing by Nils Navarro
(note, the “Spanish in action” schedule is also tentative and may change depending on participants’ needs and interests)
Sat. Feb 10, Day 0:
Sun. Feb 11, Day 1:
Chocolate Orchid (Encyclia phoenicea)
Mon. Feb 12, Day 2:
Tues. Feb 13, Day 3:
Viñales National Park
Wed. Feb 14, Day 4:
Thur. Feb 15, Day 5:
Fri., Sat. Feb 16, 17, Days 6 & 7:
Sun. Feb 18, Day 8:
Mon. Feb. 19, Day 9:
Tues. Feb 20, Day 10:
Wed. Feb 21, Day 11:
Purpose and goals: This is a people-to-people educational exchange as permitted by the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). We have an intense itinerary with a strong focus on meaningful interaction with our Cuban counterparts through Conservational Spanish. Each participant is obligated to keep records of cultural exchanges with the Cuban people for eventual review by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Our goal is to help you understand more about conservation in Cuba while improving your Spanish, especially with regard to the environment, endangered species, birds, and nature in general. To make the most of the delegation you should have a grasp of basic Spanish prior to the trip. We will provide you with written guidelines to determine your level of proficiency. Another goal is to assist our Cuban naturalist colleagues in their work; the delegation will bring them useful field equipment: optics, feeders, and books.
Tour Leaders: Besides our encounters with Cuban colleagues throughout the trip, you will be helped along every day by Soledad Pagliuca, experienced traveler, cultural interlocutor, and bilingual leader from The Friendship Association; Paul Baicich, bird conservationist and author; and Kathleen (Kate) Hennessey, professor, linguist, and translator. All have led delegations to Cuba multiple times, with lots of varied experience.
PAYMENTS, CANCELLATIONS, AND REFUNDS
(final payment by Jan. 6, 2018)
Cost: $3,400 (per person, double occupancy. Add $300 for single supplement, if available). Limited to ten members. Cost is based on ten participants and current travel costs. Final price may vary if airlines or hotels make drastic alterations in prices or if group participants are fewer than ten.Included: membership in the Friendship Association; transportation to and from Cuba; Cuban visa; medical insurance in Cuba; transportation within Cuba; hotels and bed and breakfasts; meals with the group in Cuba; restaurant and driver tips; entrances fees; tour guides; Spanish language instruction and study materials. Since people’s drinking habits vary greatly, to be fair, each person is responsible for their own drinks, except bottled water.
Not included: transportation within the U.S.; overnight stays at the hotel in Ft. Lauderdale en route to and from Cuba; personal tips such as housekeepers and porters; all drinks other than water; extra suitcases and overweight; travel insurance.
Deadline for applications is Nov. 30, 2017.
Application form and release from liability available at:
Make checks out and mail together with a COLOR copy of your signed passport, application form, and release from liability too:
The Friendship Association
P.O. Box 840011
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Please advise Soledad Pagliuca by email (email@example.com) when you have mailed your application.
Alternatively, you may pay by credit card using our PayPal account, accessible at the bottom of each page of our website: http://friendshipassociation.org/ Please add 3% to each payment.
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. If you cancel before one month from departure, you will receive a refund of 50% of the payment you have made so far (excluding the non-refundable deposit of $600). If you cancel after the last payment date you will lose your entire amount. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds can be made for any unused portions of an expedition.
We reserve the right to cancel any trip for good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants, or for major political shifts from either or both governments. If canceled prior to departure, you will be eligible for a refund except for your deposit and membership dues. The Friendship Association cannot be responsible for missed connections to and from Cuba for any reason.
For more information about:
Spanish in Action:
Fauna and flora:
Cuban Pymy Owl (Glaucidium siju)