Social Welfare in Cuba November 2017 Program
Social Welfare in Cuba:
A Holistic View of Environmental and Human Sustainability
 
November 3 – 12, 2017
 
Sample Program (subject to change)
 
Assisting organizations: Eco Cuba Network, Antonio Núñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People, Amistur Travel Agency in Cuba, Marazul Charters and Eco Cuba Network.

 
Friday, November 3
 
Morning
Departure for Havana from Miami International Airport.
Arrival at Jose Marti International Airport, Havana, Cuba late morning. Transfer to hotel. Orientation meeting with Dr. Michele Frank and Cuban guides.

Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon
City tour of Havana and Old Havana to visit sites of cultural, historical and environmental interest with Cuban sustainable urbanist and historian.

Evening
Welcome dinner with Cuban hosts and guests from Cuba’s Social Welfare and Environmental institutions. Brief introductory talks.

Optional Cultural activities
 
                                                         
Saturday, November 4              
 
Morning
Visit Senior Center for morning exercises and conversation with staff of Center and senior.
 
Visit neighborhood garden and farmers’ market and the Food Conservation Project of Vilda and Pepe, who teach workshops on organic gardening, food preservation, urban medicine and other wellness topics in western Havana. Discussion on their involvement with neighborhood development projects.

Lunch in neighborhood of Cuban painter Jose Fuster. Meet with the artist and neighbors involved in the project.
 
Afternoon
Museum of the Revolution or Museo de Bellas Artes or other activity.
 
Early Evening
La Colmenita children’s theatre performance and discussion with staff about the nearly 20 year old neighborhood development project that grew into an internationally acclaimed touring theatrical company.

Evening
Optional cultural activities.
 
 

Sunday, November 5

Morning

 
Afternoon
 
 
Evening

 
 
Monday, November 6
 
Morning
Panel discussion on integration of environmental and social sustainability in Cuba at the Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FANJ), our host organization. Discussion of role of social workers in promotion of urban gardens, energy efficiency campaigns, an neighborhood environmental reclamation projects.

Lunch at paladar with FANJ staff      

Afternoon
Visit to the Center for Psychosocial Investigation. Presentation by Director and staff. Further opportunity to discuss issues of clinical practice.
 
Visit Cuban Literacy Museum. Presentation on Cuba’s preschool through PhD public educational system.

Evening
View short film Maestra! on the1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign and talk by former participant Norma Guilliard.
 
 
Tuesday, November 7
 
Morning
Meet with Odalys Gonzalez of the Cuban Society of Social Workers, other Cuban social workers, and professors of Social Welfare at the University of Havana. Discussion on the history, structure and scope of Cuba’s Social Welfare system and current issues, challenges and successes.

Opportunity to discuss issues of clinical practice. Speakers will include Cuban experts on child, adolescent and family therapy, such as Dr. Cristobal Martinez and Dr. Elsa Gutierrz Baró.

Lunch in Cuban paladar (restaurant in private home).
                       
Afternoon
Paolo Freire Community Center in Havana neighborhood of Cerro. Meet with staff and visit neighborhood development sites.

Evening
Panel discussion on life in Cuba today economically, socially, politically, currently and historically with Marc Frank, others.
 
 
Wednesday, November 8
           
Morning
Panel discussion on issues of gender and race, sex education, and LGBT issues, at Cenesex, Cuban Institute for the Sex Education and Gender Studies.
 
Lunch at Casa de las Americas.  Presentation on current issues between Cuba and the United States.
 
Afternoon
Visit La Murealando neighborhood art and/or reclamation project or Martin Luther King Community Center in Afro Cuban neighborhood of Marianao.
 
Evening

Small group meetings according to interest and/or optional cultural activities.

 
Thursday, November 9
 
Morning
Drive to Las Terrazas intentional community in Pinar del Rio about an hour from Havana in the Sierra de los Rosario.  Visit community museum, reforestation project, artists’ studios, family doctor clinic and organic garden.

Lunch at El Romero organic, vegetarian restaurant; talk by vegan-vegetarian pioneer and chef Tito Núñez.
 
Afternoon
Visit Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve nature station. Hike or swim if time permits.
 
Drive to Viñales Valley in Pinar del Rio province.
 
Evening
Small group meetings according to interest and/or cultural event
 
 
Friday, November 10
 
Visit polyclinic, family doctor clinic. Presentation on public health system in Cuba with staff, including mental health staff. Visit school for special needs children if time permits.

Lunch in paladar.

Afternoon



Evening
Optional cultural activities.
 
 Saturday, November 11
 
Evaluation meeting with Cuban guides
 
Evening
Farewell dinner with Cuban hosts and guests in Old Havana.
Cultural activity (i.e. Buena Vista Social Club or similar musical group)
 
Friday, November 10
 
Sunday, November 12
Depart for US.

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