Hot on the heels of Italy, our Holy Family University study abroad program is currently in Cuba! The group left on June 8, leaving the Philadelphia area and flying into Miami, Florida, to meet their tour director and to attend a lecture at the Interactive Cuban Cultural Center. While there, they also toured Little Havana in Miami.
From Miami, it was straight to Havana, Cuba for two days. Our group met with faculty and students at the University of Havana for study and discussion of educational systems in Cuba. Our group also visited a local artist in Havana to discuss the impact of art on the Cuban community and culture and then followed it up with a visit to a neighborhood-sponsored learning center.
The next destination was Cienfuegos. Here the group travelled to the Zapata Peninsula where they participated in a National Park workshop that explored the local ecosystem and conservation. While there, the study abroad participants met villagers of a Taino village to dicuss their culture, specifically their oral traditions.
Today and tomorrow, our students are exploring Trinidad and Santa Clara where they will be meeting with a photographer, a horse whisperer, and a family of potters – these all help to paint the picture of small business entrepreneurialism in Cuba.
Once our group returns, we will have photos and commentary on the trip!