Social Welfare in Cuba 2013 – Sample Program
Social Welfare in Cuba:
A Holistic View of Environmental and Human Sustainability
October 12 – 20, 2013
 
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 and Global Exchange Reality Tours.

Saturday, October 12
 
Morning
Early departure for Havana from Miami International Airport.
Arrival at Jose Marti International Airport, Havana, Cuba mid to 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 urbanist and historian Miguel Coyula.

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

Optional Cultural activities
                                                           
Sunday, October 13                 
 
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 in Central Havana.
 
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
Small group meetings according to interest and/or optional cultural activities.
 
Monday, October 14
 
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.
 
Tuesday, October 15
 
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 Havana polyclinic.

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.
 
Wednesday, October 16
 
Morning
Visit Matanzas (1 ½ hour drive; Q and A on bus with Cuban guides).
City tour of sites of historical, cultural and environmental interest: Colonial pharmacy, Ediciones Vigias (small craft book publishing company), other sites in Old Matanzas.
 
Lunch at Bellamar Caves.
                                                           
Afternoon
Meeting with staff of the Kairos Community Center.
Site visits to Kairos Center projects and neighborhood of La Marina.
 
Evening
Cultural evening in Matanzas (Los Muñequitos or similar group, Afro Cuban rhythm and dance) or performance at newly renovated Teatro Sauto.
 
Thursday, October 17
           
Morning
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 downtown Matanzas paladar.

Afternoon
Visit Museum of the Route of the Slave at San Severino Castle. Talk on the slave trade in Cuba and legacy of slavery today, the challenges and triumphs of Afro Cuban culture.
Return to Havana.

Evening
Optional cultural activities.
 
Friday, October 18
 
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.
 
Free time in Havana for individual pursuits.
 
Evening
Small group meetings according to interest and/or optional cultural activities.
  
Saturday, October 19
 
Morning
Visit 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.
Return to Havana.
Re-entry/evaluation meeting with Michele Frank and 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)
 
 Sunday, October 20
Depart for US.