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Overview

 Highlights


  • Discover the varied and endemic wildlife of Cuba
  • Birdwatching, insect spotting and plant identification in national parks
  • Las Terrazas Bisophere Reserve
  • Visit the Mural of Prehistoric People, a unique piece of artwork in Latin America
  • Snorkelling and studying marine life at Playa Larga
  • Verdant farming valley of Vinales
  • Topes de Collantes
  • Visit the Che Guevara memorial in Santa Clara
  • Walking tour of Sultry Trinidad
  • Trip in classic American Cars
  • Discover the timeless backstreets of Old Havana

Show your students the wonders of biology on the Caribbean Island of Cuba through this unique and exciting expedition to understand its geography, ecology, flora and fauna. With guided visits to three national parks you will have the chance to study the behaviour of some of the island's amazing wildlife such as the world's smallest bird (Cuban Screech Owl) or the endemic and endearingly names Little Goblin Bat. Trekking in the hills and valleys our guides will explain the habitats that Cuba has preserved for its wildlife including both coastal and mountainous eco systems. Because of Cuba's economic embargo it actually has one of the lowest levels of pollution in the Americas meaning its environment has been so far well preserved for its precious wildlife.

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Havana, transfer to Vinales

Day 2

Vinales

Day 3

Vinales - Las Terrazas

Day 4

Identify plants and birds along the La Serafina Trail

Day 5

Zapata Wetlands on Bay of Pigs

Day 6

To Escambray Mountains

Day 7

Topes de Collantes - biology walks

Day 8

Topes de Collantes - Trinidad

Day 9

Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana

Day 10

Trip concludes Havana


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Climate Action:  Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.


Learning outcomes for students

TRAVEL > GIVE > GROW is our philosophy. One of the most important aspects of students participating on our kind of trips is for them to grow as people. This is something which intrinsically happens when young people travel, especially to destinations and in the style that we offer.
The ability for a student to be part of something so unique that offers either a service learning component (community project), a curriculum focus or a physical challenge (cycling, trekking, kayaking) all combine to bring about real growth for a young person.

Being faced with cultural, physical and emotional challenges helps to develop a sense of resilience, problem solving skills, ability to manage personal stress levels and enhances the experience for all involved.
World Youth Adventures are firm believers that travel, adventure and community service (experiential learning) offer ways to develop leadership in students in ways which are far more effective and engaging than what can be achieved in the classroom or on the playing field.
Being away from home, and the assistance which parents provide, requires the individual to have good self-discipline and personal organization skills. The need to be resourceful and responsible for your actions and your belongings builds self-awareness and maturity.
Working alongside and engaging with students from a foreign school, which may be located in remote impoverished village, encourages the students to have a ‘can do’ attitude, to make a difference and have empathy.

Working on a common goal such as a community project, with other members of the group engages the student with many important aspects of leadership; project planning, problem solving, decision making, self confidence and then ultimately reflection once the project is complete.

Often prior to departure the students may engage in fundraising within the school community, this also develops the students leadership capabilities through goal setting and effective networking and communicating.
Finally, travelling when young often impresses prospective employers.


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Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.


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