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Hello! My name is Jacqui Birchall. I am a retired Surrey (BC) high school teacher. My students and I travelled to Cuba with this wonderful people. It was an amazing experience for my students, students who cried as we left Cuba. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about how to organize your trip and any other questions you may have about Cuba. I have been lucky enough to have spent time teaching in Cuba and I have travelled extensively throughout the island. I invite you to take your classroom to Cuba with us!
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Healthcare Study Tours to Cuba for US Academic Institutions 2018

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Do not wait any longer. Now is the time to start planning the next Cuba tour for your students. Your students will consider traveling to Cuba an experience of a lifetime. They will come home optimistic and inspired by fresh perspectives on what is possible not only personally but also socially. Request a custom-made no-obligation Cuba Study Trip for your students, and check some of the resources we put at your service.

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With customizable Cuba study tours, it is easy to offer North American Universities and Schools the educational experiences they expect out of Cuba travel. Not only is there a Cuba study trip to fit any group size, educational interest and budget, but each one also immerses Canadian and US Professors and students in the authentic Cuba and takes you deep into the heart and soul of the Cuban people.

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  • Cuba Education Tour 1Havana, Cienfuegos & Trinidad Mar 3- Mar 10, 2018Book Now
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  • Notice to American University Schools of Medicine, College Schools of Medicine, Medical Sciences Schools, Nursing Schools, Colleges and Universities and other Academic Institutions:

    University Schools of Medicine, College Schools of Medicine, Medical Sciences Schools, Nursing Schools, Colleges and Universities and other USA based academic institutions can organize and sponsor a trip to Cuba for educational exchanges not involving academic study to promote people to people contact for their members and the general public. Certain conditions are to be met to comply with OFAC General License requirements though.

    The trip should consist of a full-time schedule of activities intended to promote the exchange with the ordinary citizens of Cuba. This full-time schedule must also include educational activities that result in meaningful interaction in between U.S and Cuban nationals. The trip to Cuba must be escorted by an employee of the organization. Free time in excess or regular tourists' activities are not permitted.

    We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA. At Authentic Cuba Travel, we have been organizing such business-related travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success.

    Day 1. Saturday. INTRO to Cuba's Healthcare and Medical Travel

    Arrival at "Jose Marti" International Airport in Havana.

    Our Cuba Healthcare Tours for US Academic Institutions represent a rare in depth exploration to Cuba's unique Medical System and Health Care Model. American university schools of medicine, college schools of medicine, medical sciences schools, nursing schools, colleges and universities and other academic institutions can customize our Cuba study tours to develop complete Cuba travel educational experiences that meet their academic objectives.

    Group welcomed by the Authentic Cuba Travel Cuban guide and driver.

    Private transfer to your hotel Riviera Hotel located at the cultural center of Havana City.

    Breakfast and dinner are complimentary.

    Day 2. Sunday. Preventive Health Care Cuban Model

    Morning: Enshrined in the Cuban constitution, Healthcare is a primary human right for all Cubans. Healthcare study tours to Cuba for US academic institutions should take time enough to explore Cuba's unique preventive healthcare model in depth. Healthcare in Cuba is provided by the Cuban government for free to all Cubans. At the primary healthcare level is the family doctor and the community clinic, the foundation of preventative healthcare model in Cuba.

    This morning we will visit a Community Clinic and Family Doctor Office at 10 de Octubre municipality, Havana's largest municipality (or boroughs) with the second highest population density in the Capital.

    As part of our people-to-people educational tours to Cuba, we put emphasis on the cultural exchange with ordinary Cubans and Cuban entrepreneurs. We will enjoy a complimentary lunch at a family run restaurant, Paladar El Litoral.

    Afternoon: Visit to Maternity Home "Leonor Perez" in Old Havana to exchange with Cuban doctors and nurses about the maternity home model, which is at the heart of the Cuba's preventive healthcare system. This visit will help US students of medicine; medical sciences and nursing students participating in our healthcare educational trips to Cuba understand why Cuba has been able to reduce the infant mortality rate so dramatically. You will meet with doctors and nurses who work 24/7 with mother with high-risk pregnancies or other special needs.

    Followed by guided walking tour of Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Free time in the famous handicraft market of Old Havana where you can purchase all sorts of crafts and souvenirs by local artisans.

    Return to hotel. Evening: attend baseball game at Latinoamericano Baseball Stadium in Havana. Healthcare travel to Cuba for educational activities by US schools of medicine, medical scienses and nursing will not be complete without getting up close and personal with Cubans at a baseball game. No wonder President Barrack Obama himself attended a game at this stadium during his official trip to Cuba in 2016.

    Day 3. Monday. Medical Education on Cuba

    Morning: healthcare travel to Cuba for US universities, colleges and schools of medicine as well as US medical sciences and nursing schools, colleges and universities will have ample opportunity to explore the educational medical system of Cuba today. This morning we will visit Cuba's most iconic Medical School "Victoria de Giron" founded more than 50 years ago by President Fidel Castro to counteract the exodus of doctors to the US that followed the Cuban Revolution. Over 50,000 medical students, medical technicians and other medical professionals have been trained at this Higher Institute of Medical Science, making Cuba the country with most doctors per person in the world.

    Lunch hosted by Jose Fuster, one of the most important Cuban ceramists and painters today.

    Afternoon: American medicine and nursing students will have the opportunity to meet with Cuban nursing students and faculty this afternoon during an exclusive visit to the Nursing Faculty "Lidia Dolce" of the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences. We will tour this very iconic school of nursing and exchange with faculty and students at the school's main auditorium. The education curriculum of this prestigious Nursing Faculty of Higher Education is to train nursing professionals on the highest standards of medical and technical skills as well as the moral and ethical values of the Revolution.

    Evening: attend one of the most traditional and popular ceremonies in Cuba, The Fire of the Cannon of 9 O'Clock at the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabana.

    Day 4. Tuesday. International Higher Medical Education in Cuba

    Morning: our Healthcare tours to Cuba for American schools include visits to world-class educational institutions such as the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), the largest medical school in the world. This Cuban medical school teaches hundreds of international students for free every year, mainly from low-income communities in different countries, including the United States. The full scholarships' only request from young doctors is the commitment to serve unprivileged areas in their home countries upon graduation.

    Complimentary lunch will be served at El Aljibe, one of Cuba's most popular restaurants. Hollywood stars (Jack Nicholson) and US presidents (Jimmy Carter) are among the patrons of this well-run business that was founded by Cuban businessmen Sergio and Pepe Garcia back in 1947.

    Afternoon: next US medical and nursing students and faculty will pay a visit to the International Clinic "Cira Garcia", one of the first medical facilities to offer medical tourism in Cuba: another highlight of our healthcare trips to Cuba from US. Although it was originally founded to provide healthcare and medical services to the diplomats accredited in Cuba, it soon became a pioneer of medical tourism. Nowadays, the clinic provides all sort of clinical and surgical specialties to foreigners. With state-of-the-art intermediate and intensive care units, four operating rooms, and high level medical professionals, the clinic provides its medical and surgical services at a fraction of the cost of similar treatments in other countries.

    Followed by panoramic air conditioned coach tour of the most important historical sites in the Modern Havana neighborhoods of Vedado, and Miramar including the Revolution Square, University of Havana, Habana Libre Hotel, Coppelia Ice Cream Park, Plaza Jose Marti (in front of U.S. Interests Section), Monument to the Battleship Maine, Malecon seawall, Prado promenade, Central Park, The Great Theatre and the Capitol building.

    Evening: meet with acclaimed Cuban filmmaker Rafael Rosales at his privately owned restaurant, El Madrigal. Like many Cubans we meet during our Cuba study tours, the entrepreneurship spirit of Mr.Rosales made him turn his 1919 Vedado mansion into a bohemian venue that displays his 20-year- old career in the Cuban film industry through art and images, pictures and artefacts.

    Day 5. Wednesday. Healtcare in Cuba's Countryside

    Morning: travelling to Cuba from US to learn about Cuba's healthcare system is traveling to Cuba's countryside to see how medical services and healthcare is provided to Cubans living in picturesque colonial towns, Caribbean coastal villages and rural areas. We will leave Havana today to travel to the Caribbean southern-central city of Cienfuegos City, also known as the Pearl of the Caribbean. Upon arrival we will explore Cienfuegos' Historical Centre, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the well-preserved wealth of imposing neoclassical buildings it contains.

    Lunch at Palacio del Valle restaurant.

    Afternoon: As part of our healthcare tours to Cuba, we will take American students and faculty to visit the Cienfuegos Provincial Hospital "Doctor Gustavo Lima". As we tour this medical institution led by the hand of Cuban doctors and staff, we will learn about the excellent results achieved by the intensive care unit which serves over 600 patients any given year. The Cuban government is responsible for the financing and administering of health care for all Cubans. There are no private hospitals in Cuba, so all hospitals are run by the Government.

    Check in at the Jagua Hotel. The hotel is located in Punta Gorda, a district in the southern part of Cienfuegos with beautiful views over the waters of the Bay of Cienfuegos. Dinner is complimentary at the hotel tonight.

    Day 6. Thursday. Healthcare in Cuba's Countryside

    Morning: US Academic Institutions traveling to Cuba to conduct research on the Cuban Medical System and Health Care Model need to visit medical service facilities outside of the Cuban capital of Havana to really comprehend the way the Cuban Health Care System is financed, administered and structured. Today we journey on to the historic city of Trinidad.

    Lunch at family-run Paladar Solananda, Trinidad's top private restaurant.

    Upon arrival, we will visit Trinidad's Community Clinic "Manuel de Jesus Lara" for a presentation on healthcare and medical services in this colonial town. Then we will have a discussion with teaching faculty, doctors and staff about the main health challenges the town faces giving its unique geographical characteristic.

    Afternoon: Visit to Trinidad's Maternity Home. This visit provides an opportunity for US students of medicine; medical sciences and nursing students participating in our Healthcare and Medical Tours to Cuba to compare Cuba's preventive healthcare system both in Havana and in the countryside. Similar practices are observed in the countryside maternity homes such as around-the-clock medical staff, attention to nutritional needs of mothers with special needs, etc.

    Followed by a guided walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad's Historical Center, a perfect relic of the early days of the Spanish colony with beautifully preserved streets and buildings with hardly a trace of the 20th century anywhere.

    We will stop at a mirador (lookout) over the Sugar Mill Valley, where the sugar barons used to have their countryside mansions and mills. This site is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Trinidad is well known for its pottery makers. We meet with a family that has been passing the tradition for generations: the Santanders.

    Return to Cienfuegos city.

    Day 7. Friday. Cuba's Premier Hospital

    Morning: early departure to Havana City.

    As part of our people-to-people educational trips to Cuba, we put emphasis on the cultural exchange with ordinary Cubans and Cuban entrepreneurs. We will enjoy a complimentary lunch at a family run restaurant, Paladar La California.

    Afternoon: this afternoon our educational healthcare tours to Cuba feature a very special visit to Cuba's largest hospital, the Hospital "Hermanos Ameijeiras". Inaugurated in 1982, the hospital tower stands tall by Havana's seafront featuring a monumental lobby with a 15-meter-high ceiling and beautiful murals by Sandu Darie. Escorted by hospital doctors and staff we will tour this medical facility and have a chance for a Q&A period at a conference room.

    Check in at the Hotel Riviera.

    Evening: enjoy Afrojazz, Cubajazz and Sonjazz at Club La Zorra y El Cuervo, Havana's most famous Jazz club, located just around the corner from the National Hotel of Cuba. The club features astonishing performances by island bands and soloists! (optional, not included)

    Day 8. Saturday. Departure

    Early morning departure to Havana City International Airport for departure.

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