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Join us in Cuba to discover one of the Caribbean’s most charming destinations. As one of the most preserved reminders of pre-modern America, Cuba is a mixing pot blending Spanish, African, and North American cultures together. Explore Cuba’s capital and largest city, Havana. Follow the bands playing throughout the city as music is a focal point for the Cuban culture, mixing a variety of genres including afro, congo, and salsa. Sightsee in old Havana and snap some of the iconic 1950’s cars driving through the city. Many local community members on the islands are new to the use of digital technology such as cell phones and the internet. Practice your Spanish with the locals and absorb the good energy flowing throughout the island.
As the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is home to more than 11 million people and is an epicenter for the embodiment of both traditional and modern ways of life. Experience some of the most pristine beaches in conservation efforts to upkeep the beauty of the Cuban coastline and preserve the marine ecosystems surrounding the islands. Visit some of the most popular beaches including Bibijagua Beach, the only black sand beach within the Republic of Cuba; the beach was formed over millions of years from the erosion of marble on the island. The warm waters of the Cuban coastline are ideal for the comfort of protecting the plants and animals inhabiting the Caribbean Sea.
The goal of this project is to help protect the ecosystems of one of Cuba’s most beautiful islands. This project involves assessing the health of these ecosystems, as well as the gardening and maintenance of them. This project’s activities may vary depending on the current needs of the community but no matter the task, you can be sure to be making a positive impact on this coastal ecosystem. As a volunteer on this project you will be participating in a wide array of coastal and marine conservation activities, both on land and in the water.
Some of your tasks may include:
Please note: Volunteers must already be experienced snorkelers to participate in this project.
Activities are based on the community’s current needs, and are; therefore, subject to change.
A typical day: Your day will begin bright and early at 7am, where you will participate in your first task until noon. Lunch is served at 12pm. The rest of the day is free time for volunteers to rest, go on excursions, etc. Dinner is served at 7pm.
Internet: No WiFi will be available after leaving Nueva Gerona Airport.
Laundry: Laundry service is included.
Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared, same-gender, 2-person rooms in the volunteer house.
Food: A personal chef will be at the house every day to prepare food for volunteers. The volunteer house is only a short walk away from both the beach and the town area.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Cuba and its islands are rich in history as well as in scenery. If time allows, explore what this island has to offer by visiting the beaches, museums, and more!
Bibijagua Beach, located in the northern part of Youth Isle, is the island’s most popular and only black sand beach. It is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. It is located close to the popular tourist attraction, the Presidio Modelo.
The Presidio Modelo is an attraction for those who are interested in learning about the history of Cuba. The now-museum was once a prison in which Fidel Castro was held.
Criadero Cocodrilo de Nueva Gerona:
For our volunteers who are animal-lovers, a trip to the Crocodile Farm of Nueva Gerona is a must! The hatchery has about 500 crocodiles at at time, and releases them back into the wild at the age of 7.