Cuba School Trip Guide

Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Cuba. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Cuba?

An educational trip to Cuba can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.

First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience.  Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.

Language – Are you a Spanish language teacher who would love for your students to improve their skills? By Interacting, Cuba will have them speaking like the locals in no time.

Arts – Fill your itinerary with art gallery visits, National Ballet of Cuba performances, live music, Salsa, Cha Cha Chá, and Rumba dance lessons and more.

Community Service – Want to make an impact with your travels? There are a number of opportunities that offer a chance to put some volunteer hours to good use while being immersed in a rural Cuban community.

Mixed focus – A balance of cultural activities, outdoor activities, and community service based. The culture and history of Cuba makes for a well-rounded trip.

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Luggage – Any seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Cuba. Prepared packers also bring a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.

  • Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
    • Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
    • Safe money holder or fanny pack
    • Extra plastic bags / ziplocks

Clothing – The country’s climate is split into 2 different seasons: the dry season runs from November through to May, and sees plenty of sun and warm weather in the majority of the country. The wet season begins at the end of May, but it is still possible to enjoy the country’s many beautiful attractions with minimal disruption right through until the end of August. September and October are to be avoided due to higher risk of Hurricanes. The temperature highs range from 30-34◦C and lows of 23-25◦C.

Accessories and Toiletries – Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.

  • Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, compass, lock, pocket dictionary
    • Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary (wall plugs are Type A, B and C, so bring a transforming plug!)
    • Water bottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Soap, shampoo & conditioner
    • Medications

Below is your basic Packing List for Cuba

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 1 pair of breathable pants
    • 3 – 5 t-shirts
    • 2 pairs of shorts
    • 1 long light sleeve shirt
    • 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Bathing suit
    • Scarf / bandanna
    • Hat
    • Shoes – comfortable and supportive for hiking/daily use
    • Flip flops / waterproof sandals
    • Sleepwear

What to leave at Home – Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels

 

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Spanish lesson

Looking to get a jump start on your Spanish language skills? Here are some greetings and expressions for you to practice just for fun!

Good morning: buenos días
Good afternoon:
 buenas tardes
Good night:
 buenas noches
Hello: Hola or Buenos
Good bye: Adios
See you soon: Hasta pronto
Excuse me: Con permiso 
How are you?:
 Como está? Or Como le va?
Fine, thanks: bien, gracias
My name is:
 Me llamo…
What is your name?: Como se llama usted?
Pleased to meet you: 
Much gusto
Do you speak English?:  habla inglés?
I don’t speak Spanish: no hablo español
I don’t understand:
 no entiendo 
I am from…: Soy de 
(name your state or city)
Slower, please: más despacio, por favor
Where is: Donde esta
The bathroom: el baño or los servicios
The restaurant: el Restaurante
The bank: el banco
The beach: la playa
Pharmacy: farmacia
Hospital: hospital
How much does it cost?: Cuanto cuesta? Or Cuanto vale?
Please: por favor
Thank you: 
gracias
You’re welcome: 
con gusto or de nada

Cuban Fun Facts: 

  1. The official name of Cuba is the Republic of Cuba.
  2. Cuba is the largest of all islands in the Caribbean. The country also includes more than 4000 other much smaller islands and cays.
  3. From the air, the island of Cuba resembles a crocodile or alligator and so Cuba is often referred to in Spanish as “El Cocodrilo” or “El Caimá”.
  4. The capital and largest city of Cuba is Havana or “La Habana” in Spanish.
  5. Cuba is renown for its music, bands play everywhere in the capital Havana. The main musical form is called son, which is a combination of upbeat rhythms with classical guitar.