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Program Overview

Our ‘Learn Spanish, Culture & Dance’ program has been crafted to maximize your time in Old Havana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and can be taken for 2 or 4 weeks.

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.


Monday to Friday’s intensive Spanish lessons will take place shortly after breakfast. Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher and on day one you will receive a short test to establish your level and objectives. Lessons will take the format of 3 x 45 minute lessons each morning, with 15 minute breaks to refresh, making approximately 3 hours of Spanish lessons each day – 15 hours per week. Lessons are held from 09:00 sharp, Monday to Friday at Casa Jakera.

* The Discover Cuba sessions will feature additional Spanish language tuition, oral comprehension and dialogue (approx. 4 hours per week).


There are 2 dance classes per week – each approximately one hour duration, during which 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… The lessons are delivered a 5 minute walk from your Casa at 'La Casa del Son' by a licensed dance instructor, and in the evenings there are MANY free live music venues where you can do your homework!


Hop onto a Wah-Wah (fume belching local bendy bus) or Colectivo (classic car/communal taxi) and take to the streets to discover the real Habana. Understand how Habaneros live; the practical day to day issues Cubans face living in this complicated country at this exciting time, and help us take away some answers to our own ‘first world’ problems!

Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 14:00 (plus the occasional nighttime tour) we will take you on an adventure to help you understand and enjoy the history of Cuba and Habana. Understand the source of her amazing wealth, the rich cultural mix, marvel at the faded patina of Habana’s famous gorgeous neo classical architecture, the rumble of classic American cars, curious soviet era high rise buildings, unbiquitous live music on every street, dance, exotic religions etc etc the list is endless.

You will quickly feel comfortably at this home, gain the knowledge and confidence to enjoy the city during your own time, with new found traveller and Cuban friends. You have been immersed into the Cuban culture - enjoy!


The second weekend will feature a two-night trip to Viñales, a three hour drive to the central western region of Cuba (this is included in the four week program only - if you are enrolled in the two week program and would like to do this trip then this can be arranged locally).

Viñales is a UNESCO World Heritage destination owing to the outstanding landscape, traditional architecture and agricultural techniques still used.

The trip will include a horseride into the valley to drying houses where you can learn about the art of curing tobacco and rolling cigars, and an early morning hike to view a spectacular sunrise.


Cost of 2 week program* USD 800 / EURO 725

Cost of 4 week program* USD 1,580 / EURO 1,420

* Price includes accommodation, breakfast & lunch plus 15 hours intensive Spanish lessons per week, twice weekly dance lessons, three times weekly Discover Cuba sessions, two escorted trips to the beach and a two-night trip to Viñales Valley (four week program only).

Cost of extra night – accommodation & breakfast USD 35

Airport transfer – USD 35 each way


Each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45 you will receive intensive Spanish tuition comprising 3 x 45 minute lessons spaced with 15 minute breaks. Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher, and lessons take place in the Casa. On the first morning there will be a short test to establish your level and requirements.

Midweek each week during the afternoons there will be two dance lessons (approximately one hour each lesson) on separate days delivered by a licensed dance instructor (ratio of instructor to student 1:1).

Each week there will be three Discover Cuba sessions on separate days.

Two weekends will feature a guided trip to the beach.

Second weekend (4 week program only) will feature a two-night trip to Viñales Valley.

Accommodation Sunday to Saturday - 7 nights - in a shared room.

Meals – breakfast & lunch included.

Start Dates remainder 2017: Sunday prior to 1st & 3rd Monday each month (check availability)

Start Dates 2018: Dec-31 & Jan-14, Feb-04 & Feb-18, Mar-04 & Mar-18, Apr-01 & Apr-15, May-06 & May-20, Jun-03 & Jun-17, Jul-01 & Jul-15, Aug-05 & Aug-19, Sep-02 & Sep-16, Sep-30 & Oct-14, Nov-04 & Nov-18, Dec-02 & Dec-16

Telephone: 00353868220333
Skype: jakera1