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Program Overview

Upon arrival Havana International Airport you will be picked up for a transfer to your Casa Particulares*. You will be staying in ‘Casa Jakera’, a licensed Casa Particulare, sharing a dorm room with other student clients OR upon payment single room supplement you have the option to stay in another nearby Casa with your own room and en suite bathroom. Either way breakfast and lunch are served at Casa Jakera and this will be the hub of program activities, as this is also where Spanish lessons are taken as well as group discussions, planning meetings and impromptu social gatherings.

* Casa Particulares are government licenced ‘private homestay’ accommodation whereby Cubans are permitted to rent out one or two bedrooms in their home to paying guests. However, the licensing regime has recently been extended to include larger hostal style accommodation. Casa Jakera falls under this latter category and whether you stay at Casa Jakera or another Casa Particulare breakfast & lunch and Spanish lessons are taken at Casa Jakera.

In Trinidad you will stay in a beautiful colonial era Casa, on a cobblestone street less than 8 minutes walk from the main plaza. Format of program is same if staying in Trinidad except lunch is not provided - only breakfast.


Each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45 you will receive 3* x 45 minute intensive structured Spanish lessons (each lesson is followed by a 15 minute break). Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher. On the first morning there will be a short test to establish your level and requirements - we cater for beginner, intermediate and advanced.

* In Trinidad you receive 2 x 45 minute lessons each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-10:45.


Each afternoon Monday to Friday from 14:00-15:00 you will receive a structured private dance class (teacher student ratio 1:1) approximate duration 60 minutes. You will be taken through your paces learning Salsa, Son, Rueda de Casino, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, and Rumba and perhaps a few moves you haven’t heard of… (Trinidad is the home of Salsa ‘Casino’). The lessons are delivered a short walk from your Casa by a licensed dance instructor, and in the evenings there are MANY free live music venues where you can do your homework!

NOTE: please note that for dance classes you should dress appropriately as you would if you are going out… look good, feel good!


On your first day in Havana or Trinidad you will be taken on a walking tour to familiarize you with your new surroundings (including location of services such as telephone, internet and banking/money change) and to give you a flavor of opportunities to enjoy your free time in this exciting location.

In Trinidad you will be treated to talks by your host Alex on the ‘Origins of Cuban Dance & Music’. This is a pretty extensive subject on which Alex is both knowledgeable and passionate. Trinidad is home to Afro Cuban music and culture but you will discover that most musical genres the world over contain elements that can be traced to Cuba. There are many activities and excursions to occupy your free time.


Cost of 1 week program* USD 420 / EURO 380

Cost of 2 week program* USD 800 / EURO 725

* price includes accommodation (shared room), breakfast & lunch (breakfast only in Trinidad), 15 hours intensive Spanish lessons per week (10 weekly in Trinidad), 5 professional dance lessons per week, welcome meeting, orientation and cultural immersion.

Cost of extra night – accommodation & breakfast USD 35

Airport transfer – USD 35 each way


Welcome meeting & orientation upon arrival and walking tour first day.

Each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45 you will receive 3 x 45 minute intensive structured Spanish lessons (each lesson is followed by a 15 minute break) (see note for Trinidad).

Each afternoon Monday to Friday from 14:00-15:00 you will receive a 60 minute intensive structured dance classes.


Bus transfer to Trinidad – there are several options regarding travel from Havana to Trinidad. The distance is 330km and journey time by bus approximately 4 ½ hours. We will advise on these options when you are in country and you can pay for this service locally. If you are flying into Havana mid afternoon or later and need to overnight Havana before continuing your journey to Trinidad we can arrange airport transfer and accommodation in Havana (see prices above).

Single Room Supplement – subject to availability, single room will be made available on request, for a daily supplement of USD 10 per night.

Dining out – there is a restaurant boom going on in Cuba with Parladares and Peso Café’s opening to visitors for the first time. Cuban’s and long term travelers on a budget are the target market, so there are lots of characterful, good value eateries to choose from.


In both Havana and Trinidad there is the possibility to enjoy guided trips and activities during weekends and free time. For example, while in Havana you may wish to take an overnight trip to Viñales to learn about the art of cigar rolling (USD 60), and there are many refreshing waterfalls to be enjoyed in the hills surrounding Trinidad. Your host will be happy to explain all these options to you when you are in country.

Telephone: 00353868220333
Skype: jakera1