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Cuba: Community-Based Healthcare and Healing

  • September 16 - 25, 2022
  • Pickup: Airport

Spend 10 days with renowned Cuban doctors and medical students from the famous Latin American School of Medicine, while also experiencing the island’s vibrant culture and community-led projects in historic Havana. Participants will learn about the island’s impressive response to COVID-19, the country’s free universal healthcare system and Cuba’s effort to develop its own vaccine to defeat the virus. Explore the Cuban countryside, visit organic farms, and visit rural health clinics. 

What’s included

Global Exchange Reality ToursAccommodation

Based on double occupancy, single rooms available for an additional $200

Global Exchange Reality ToursAirport Transfers

On designated arrival and departure dates

Global Exchange Reality ToursPrivate bus

Or cars depending on group size

Global Exchange Reality ToursMeals

As listed on the itinerary. Generally 2 meals a day

Global Exchange Reality ToursPrivate events

And speakers as listed

Global Exchange Reality ToursTranslator

Global Exchange Reality ToursTrip leader

A local guide who will travel with the group through the program

Global Exchange Reality ToursAdmission fees

To all program activities

Global Exchange Reality ToursDonations

To organizations, speakers, communities we visit

What’s excluded
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Tips to guides, drivers, hotel staff, wait staff
  • Items of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
Available options

Single Room add-on


Day 1Arrival in Havana

Arrive in Havana

Lunch with Global Exchange representative, orientation and questions and answers

Enjoy a walking tour of colonial Old Havana

Check-in to the Casa Particular (private homes)

Evening free for exploration on your own

Day 2Havana: Cuba and US relations

Breakfast at your Casa

Meet with the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People, your Cuban hosts. Discussion on the state of Cuban/US relations. 

Overview of the Cuban healthcare system by Health Ministry Official

Lunch in a private restaurant

Visit a center providing activities for children and adults with Down syndrome.

Dinner on your own

Experience the colonial “Canonazo” Canon firing ceremony across the bay in the Morro-Cabana Fort.  Get a magnificent view of Havana at night.

Day 3Havana : Cuba and COVID-19

Visit a Biotechnology Center; learn about the production of Cuban vaccines, especially those against Covid-19. Discuss how US sanctions slowed development of the Covid-19 vaccine. 

Lunch in a private restaurant

Visit the Institute for Radio and Television (ICRT) to examine public messaging on radio and television concerning the virus.

Dinner on your own

Enjoy the evening at a jazz club

Day 4Havana: Cuban economy and COVID-19

Visit a polyclinic and family doctors office to learn about community measures to protect citizens and how the country vaccinated millions in a relatively short period of time

Lunch at a private restaurant

Meet an economist to discuss challenges to the Cuba economy and how they have affected care and treatment of Covid and other patients.

Dinner on your own. 

Day 5Vinales Valley

Visit CENESEX. National Sex Education Center, discuss gender and STIs

Lunch at a private restaurant

Depart for Vinales Valley. The Viñales Valley has been declared a national monument of Cuba and one of the most breathtaking landscapes on the island. 

Check in private homes

Dinner at Finca  El Paradiso, a family operated farm-to-table with incredible food

Overnight in Vinales

Day 6Vinales Valley and Cuban Culture

Visit a community school

Tour Vinales Valley, time for hiking, horseback riding or biking through the town

Lunch on your own

Dinner at a private restaurant

Evening at Casa de Cultura or similar for Cuban music

Overnight in Vinales

Day 7Exploring Vinales Valley

Breakfast in the community

Visit a local maternity center

El Patio de Pelegrino community cultural center, lunch there

Visit a cooperative farm or organoponico

Overnight in Vinales

Day 8Las Terrazas

Leave for Las Terrazas Sustainable Mountain Community

Tour community, visit an artist’s studio, lunch at El Romero vegetarian restaurant

Optional swim in the San Juan River

Return to Havana,

Check in private homes

Dinner on your own, evening free

Day 9Havana and Natural Medicine

Visit a natural medicine pharmacy

Visit a clinic that uses natural medicine

Lunch at a private restaurant

Crafts Fair and/or free in Old Havana

Dinner on your own

Day 10Havana and Mental Health and Afro Cuba

Breakfast at your Casa 

Visit a mental health clinic for senior citizens across the bay in Regla

Visit the Afro Cuban Museum, learn about Afro Cuban history and politics

Lunch on your own

Farewell Dinner

Day 11Departures from Havana


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