Cuba Education Tours British Columbia (Canada)

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THEY MADE FRIENDS, established relationships, and as essential components of life gained memorable experiences, forged by human ties and felt emotions that they will treasure as long as they live. – Armando Hart, then Minister of Education, in a 1961 tribute to 380, 000 volunteer teachers who reduced island illiteracy to under 4% from nearly 25% prior to 1959. TODAY CUBANS are rising to a new challenge. In their effort to integrate globally, to express their commitment and ideas for a better world, they seek to master English. ESL CUBA VOLUNTEER is for retired and working educators prepared to donate their talents and skills to teach Cubans English. Volunteers pay their own costs while on the island for three weeks. Optional R&R stays are available following the program. Nonvolunteer spouses and partners are welcomed to travel with the group. ASTUTE SUGGESTIONS for program improvements from our March 2005 ESL Cuba Volunteer pilot project participants are reflected in our 2005-2006 season. Many of its members are eager to answer your questions. Review their Testimonials and Nancy Kaye's amazing ESL Cuba Diary.

Industry Tourism and Hotels
Business Type Service Provider
Firm Type Proprietorship
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We provide Services of essential components of life gained memorable experiences, forged by human ties and felt emotions that they will treasure as long as they live. Cuba Education Tours is a unionized nonprofit project dedicated to building ties of friendship and understanding between the people of Cuba and North America.

ESL Cuba Volunteer costs and options :-
All information is current at . As of today 1000 CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso) equals $1130 USD or $1325 CAD. The CUC is the only currency used by island visitors. It floats in value against world currencies. Exchange rates vary daily. Taxes are included.

March 2005 ESL Cuba Volunteer inaugural delegation reports and testimonials :
Two key components are necessary for the success of the ESL Cuba Volunteer: Cuban input and suggestions from our North American educator participants. Without the criticism and support of members of our March 2005 pioneer delegation, it would not be possible to continue this program. The intrepid March 2005 volunteers returned, then endeavored to help us create a more meaningful and worthwhile excercise for future volunteers – and for the Cubans with whom you'll be working. Their considered reports are essential preparatory reading. If you'd like to talk with them directly email us for their contact details.

Planning and travel tips for your ESL Cuba Volunteer program :-
In the year 2004 some 425, 000 Canadians visited Cuba along with 1.5 million guests from other countries. On this program you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the best beaches in the Caribbean but you'll see and experience so much more than the seclusion of a typical resort excursion. We offer the following travel tips for first-time Cuba visitors and those returning to the island in the hope it will make your preparation easier and journey more rewarding. Traveling to Cuba is a breeze compared to most other countries. We hope this information is helpful.

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Week 1 is an unprecedented eight-day orientation tour of Havana and environs, combined with activities, events and encounters to help you understand Cuba's educational, social and political systems. The program provides many occasions for you to meet and get to know island people directly (see Itinerary below).

Weeks 2 and 3 consists of classroom teaching at two levels and times :
You'll work in the mornings at the University of Havana's Faculty of Foreign Languages (FLEX) with a Cuban professor(s) teaching conversational English, pronunciation and grammar to her/his students.

Volunteers with specialized academic backgrounds may teach technical English at one of the University's many specialized faculties, such as Geography, Psychology, Mathematics, Physics, etc.

Afternoon teaching is at the Casa del Ni?o y de la Ni?a from either 2:00 p.M. To 4:00 p.M. Or 4:00 p.M. To 6:00 p.M. The "House of the Boy and Girl" is a community-based project offering painting, music, dance, computer labs, and other skill development workshops to students after their regular school day. It also supports learning for teens and adults in the neighborhood. Its modest facilities comprise classrooms, a playground and small library.

The English program at the Casa del Ni?o y de la Ni?a was initiated by the March 2005 ESL Cuba Volunteers. You'll have the choice of planning and teaching English language courses to children, teenagers or mature students. You'll design and prepare your own class content and methodology. There are no Cuban teachers involved. You'll be working directly with one to three students.

Some volunteers may opt to teach only at the Faculty of Foreign Languages in the mornings, or at the Casa del Ni?o y de la Ni?a in the afternoons, then explore Havana the rest of their time. This is OK.

Accommodations: Clean, comfortable, economical, private rooms at Havana's three star Hotel St. Johns, located in the cultural center of the city. International-style buffet breakfasts are included in costs throughout your 22-day program.

Criteria for participation: You must be a team player, flexible and eager to collaborate with your Cuban hosts and volunteer colleagues. The rewards of your experience are dependent upon motivation to provide an ESL curriculum of your design (former participants will lend ideas to you on this score) or at the request of Cuban teachers. Spanish language skills are not necessary. Level of physical exertion consists of walking up to 20 blocks per day (however taxis are inexpensive and abundant). Fitness in hearing and sight is a bonus. We do not, at this time, have disabled options available.

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Cuba Education Tours

708 - 207 West Hastings Street
British Columbia, V6B 1H7 () - (Canada)


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