Special Programs

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  • A great month for gardens, celebrations, and all of our tours

November 2013

  • Bi-annual International Choral Festival. Calling all choristers and music lovers – international choirs invited. Non-competitive festival.

Volunteering in Cuba

Cuba Beyond the Beaches is pleased to bring you an exciting program for teachers, students, and qualified small groups.

Be a volunteer: make a puppet, paint a wall, repair some chairs, refurbish instruments, teach some songs, make some teaching aids or toys.

Schools in Cuba need your help. Donations or labour can make an enormous difference to a school or kindergarten.

Authorized visits to schools – Santiago de Cuba. Santiago de Cuba is the most Caribbean of Cuba’s cities. Music and dance show the strong influence of Cuba’s slave heritage. Mountains and coast are full of micro-climates supporting unique flora and fauna.

Combine volunteering with a full, fun educational programme for students and teachers and others. Learn the history and culture of this fascinating city and island. Visit cloud forests, wetlands, and farms. Explore coral reefs in azure seas. All programmes are led by local experts.

Teachers interchange ideas, hopes and concerns with your contemporaries in Cuba.

Home stays, great food, secure and comfortable living in the heart of the city.

Medical Professionals wishing to volunteer. It is almost impossible for a single volunteer to gain access to local clinics and hospitals. The volunteer must be prepared for a long delay, while each case is considered.

Teaching facilities – it is more possible to place a volunteer in a teaching facility provided you have qualifications and skills which can be incorporated in the work of students and faculty. All visits and work at the university level must be accompanied by authorization from the university International Relations and an academic visa must be obtained outside the country prior to arrival.

Please note that very few people speak English. A rudimentary, or better, knowledge of Spanish is a great asset, interpreters are available – generally their cost must be covered by the volunteer.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects

Cuba Beyond the Beaches is pleased to offer a two week experience for volunteers. Bring a paintbrush, wear your painty clothes, have fun with other volunteers and a great programme of cultural and heritage activities.

Annual Project - February 7th to 21st 2015

Paint classrooms, dig gardens, plant trees, make toys. The schools available for this assistance vary greatly, some are in the city, some are out along the coast or in rural mountain areas. All are in need of urgent maintenance and painting.

February 7th to 21st 2015 (dates are flexible to accommodate flights)

Donation for structural repairs, doors and windows, and paint $50.00 per person included in price.

  • Home stay accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and daily transportation
  • Welcome dinner, farewell fiesta
  • 4 cultural tours and weekend mountain eco-resort.
  • Price $1275.00 US Early booking discount (Prior to October 1st 2014) $1175.00 US
  • Maximum group size 10 people.

Make your own group with friends and family – flexible dates available for self-formed groups

(Donations of toys, art supplies, teaching supplies are greatly appreciated – please let us know if you are taking up a collection as you will need customs clearance)

Contact Us for full tour description

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

These opportunities are available for individuals:

  • English as a Second Language to professionals (must have ESL training)
  • Professional Opportunities for in-service training and intercambio with teachers and students
  • Eco-projects
  • Homestay accommodation, meals, transportation.