Free pre-departure "Cuba Explorer" tour for teachers
Authentic Cuba Travel is offering a new level of service for our loyal teachers: the free pre-departure
Cuba Explore Tours.
We recognize that professors, teachers and educators may appreciate travelling to Cuba before taking their
students –especially those who have not been to Cuba before. *1
That’s why, we have scheduled two familiarization educational Cuba tours for 2013 that are free for those teachers who qualify.
Yes, you will travel for free! Authentic Cuba Tours will cover all your included Cuba study tour costs plus your return airfare via
Toronto or Cancun.*2
Please, visit the following websites for all information on our Cuba Explore Tours:
Cuba Education Tour III
- for those teachers interested in taking their
students to visit Havana and Western Cuba.
Cuba Education Tour IV
- for those teachers interested in taking their students to
Havana and Central Cuba.
Is it a limited offer?
Yes, because of high costs associated, Authentic Cuba Travel can offer such free Cuba Explore tours to 20 teachers a year only.
Who qualifies for the Cuba Explore educational tours?
All professors, teachers and educators that are planning a school trip to Cuba for the year 2013- 2014 with Authentic Cuba Travel
If you are not planning your school Cuba tour yet, please send us your Request for Cuba Tour
to qualify for
your participation in the Free Cuba Explore Tour. Registration for Cuba Explore tour is limited.
Authentic Cuba Travel considers “planning a school trip to Cuba” as follows:
- Your school board has already approved your school educational Cuba tour for 2013- 2014.
- You have been promoting the tour with your students and parents, and you can guarantee a minimum number of participating
- A $300 non-refundable deposit has been paid to us before the end of school year 2013.
The $300 non-refundable deposit is deducted from the final tour payment, and it is used to pre-book return airfare,
hotel accommodation and other services in Cuba for your school Cuba tour in 2013- 2014. By pre-booking early we guarantee best
rates and services.
*1 Limited to one educator per school.
*2 Connections to and from Cancun or Toronto are at the expense of teachers individually,
and not included in your Cuba Explore Tour.
Earn Educator Loyalty Points & Travel for FREE sooner!
At Authentic Cuba Travel, we had a great 2011, and 2012 is looking very promising too. More and more educators have decided to explore Cuba with their students and have chosen Authentic Cuba Travel to provide them with custom-made study tours and short-term courses in Cuba.
Now Authentic Cuba Travel wants to say thank you to these loyal educators. We also want to show our gratitude to the new professors and teachers who are currently planning their first school trip to Cuba with us.
We are proud to announce a new and unprecedented program for educators called the Educator Loyalty Points (ELPs). The Program will allow educators who take their students to Cuba with us to earn educator loyalty points that can be redeemed and applied to any of our tours at any time of the year.
How does it work?
Let’s say you have earned 1700 ELPs and you want to join our popular Jazz Festival Cuba Tour. The cost of the tour this year is $1699 (economy package), so if you have accumulated 1699 ELPs you will be able to join the tour for FREE.
Earning points is simple. Each time you take students to Cuba, you earn 100 ELPs for each student on the Cuba study tour. For example, if you take 20 students to Cuba, then you will receive 2000 ELPS. This means for this year, you could join almost any of our escorted Cuban tours for FREE- as most of our tours cost $2000 or less. *1
It is so quick and easy to earn ELPs, you may even earn enough ELPs to take a family member, friend or colleague to Cuba with you. *2
If you are a professor, teacher or educator, of any sort, and you are considering taking your students to Cuba, the ELP program is for you. REGISTER NOW
and you will receive 200 bonus ELPs that you can apply toward the cost of any of our more than 24 tours. *3
Educators can redeem their points at any time for any of our guaranteed departures. No questions asked.
Why does Authentic Cuba Travel offer the ELP program?
After working with professors and teachers for some time, we come to realize all the efforts that educators put during the school year to teach their students. Some even go the extra mile and take their classroom to Cuba to show them an alternative reality and political system.
We have worked with many professors and teachers over the years, and we appreciate all the efforts they make on behalf of their students. Most educators do this out of the goodness of their hearts and in the spirit of enhancing their students’ horizons.
We at Authentic Cuba Travel want to assist these professors and teachers, many of whom know that their students will become better citizens of the world if they are exposed to alternative political and cultural systems such as the Cuban one.
But we also realize that during their time in Cuba with the students, educators work as hard as they do in the classroom (if not harder). In short, it is a full time job before, during and even after the trip.
At Authentic Cuba Travel, we believe that educators deserve the chance to go to Cuba to enjoy themselves on their own or with their own families. The ELP program is our way of giving something back to the educators for all the extra work they do.
The ELM program will give educators a real chance to enjoy an authentic “downtime” in Cuba while at the same time increasing their knowledge about Cuban culture and its people
At the end of the day, we hope more educators will be able to bring their students to Cuba, students who will be tomorrow’s leaders in favour of peace and understanding with Cuba.
*1 If there are two teachers taking a group, the points will be split equally. Let’s say 2 teachers take 20 students, each teacher will receive 1000 ELPs.
*2 ELPs are NOT transferable. That is, an educator cannot transfer his/ her points to another educator. The ELMPs cannot be combined with other promotions such as referral discounts and early bird discounts.
*3 Educators can only redeem ELPs after they have taken a school group with us.
Do not forget to check the FREE Cuba Explore tour for teachers
. These tours provide educators a
good opportunity to travel to Cuba before taking your students– especially for those who have not been to Cuba before.
Lowest Cuba Tour Prices (hundreds less than others!)
Thanks to the vast experience
of our Cuban and Canadian staff in the Cuba's travel industry,
Cuban tour service providers have approved unprecedented student discount rates
for our U.S. and
Canadian school trips.
As a result, we have been able to reduce the cost of our Cuba study tours for Spring Break 2012. Our pricing now is
hundreds of dollars less than before and hundreds of dollars less
than any competition offering a similar Cuba Study
tour for Spring Break 2012.
Lowest student discount airfares with airlines
Thanks to the vast experience and reputation of our Cuban and Canadian staff in the Cuba's travel industry,
Canadian, Cuban and other airlines have approved unprecedented student discount rates
for our U.S. and
Canadian school trips.
As a result, we have been able to reduce the cost of our study tours for Spring Break 2012. Our pricing now is hundreds of
dollars less than before and hundreds of dollars less
than any competition offering a similar Cuba Study tour for Spring Break 2012.
Maximum peer-to-peer interaction with Cuban youth
Working in collaboration with the Cuban Ministry of Education, the Cuba’s Teacher Union and The Communist Youth Organization,
we have enhanced the peer to peer component
of our study programs to enrich the educational outcome of our
study tours. The peer-to-peer interaction with Cuban students
is the key component of our programs and what makes us different.
Your Cuba educational tour will be a life changing experience
for your students and for the Cuban youth they will meet along the tour.
They will make friends, establish relationships, and as essential components of life, they will gain memorable experiences they
will treasure as long as they live.
We believe that educational travel should transcend ordinary tourism
by engaging students with the cultural and social values
of Cuban culture through peer to peer interaction. Traveling with us, students are immersed in local culture, urban buzz,
history, politics, national treasures, music and contemporary arts in a context of mutual appreciation and safety.
Free custom website for your school educational Cuba tour
Authentic Cuba Travel will build a complimentary custom website
for your school Cuba trip that
takes off some great organizational pressure from your shoulders.
In the Cuba educational tour website for your school, your students and their parents will have an extensive wealth
to better plan and organize your trip to Cuba (from full detailed itinerary to FAQ section to money matters).
Your participation in your school education tour is included
Besides your free participation in the Cuba Explore Tour (if you qualify), please, do notice that we also build
in the cost for free escort teacher(s)
for on ground package, medical insurance and air cost in your final school
tour for your students based on your specific requirements: how many students will be travelling, how many chaperones are
required, are TOC costs to be included too, ect. So you will get to go to Cuba twice for no cost to you other than optional
You won't be alone when introducing your Cuba trip
Now your tour is moving forward, you have the approval of your school board and enough students interested in
joining your Cuba tour. Next step is for you to meet with parents to introduce your Cuba educational tour project,
answer their questions and ask for tour deposit payments. You get nervous!
We know that many teachers do not feel at ease answering all sorts of questions related to their trip intricacies
and details and/or just answering general questions about Cuba in these meetings –especially if this is the first
time they are going to Cuba.
If this is your case or not, you can request for one of our Cuba education tour directors to be at these meetings
to do a presentation of your trip
and answer all Cuba related questions for you. You are not alone!
We will be with you all along the way! By telephone, by e-mail and other online resources and also in real life,
face to face
, in person!
Free custom poster for your school Cuba tour announcement
Sometimes it can be difficult to spread the word about your Cuba Education Tour in your school and even among your students.
That’s why, Authentic Cuba Travel will provide you with some posters
that you can customize to promote your
Cuba education tour, announce your meetings, inform the school on your website (that Authentic Cuba Travel builds for you
at no extra cost), and any other notices.
Free facebook page for your school Cuba tour promotion
We know your students like using social networking to connect with each other, friends and family. As part
of the promotion tools we provide for free, Authentic Cuba Travel will build a custom facebook
of the networking sites) page for you school
Cuba education tour, in which students can let other students know about
the tour and keep themselves updated on the latest events. This is also a good tool for you to maintain good level
of communication with your students (and parents!) at all times before, during and after the trip.
Money is the greatest factor preventing Cuba educational travel. Yet this can be overcome by asking for help.
is an excellent way to make your group Cuba tour affordable for more of your students. Because fundraising
teaches organization and cooperation, it also enhances group bonding and the educational aspect of the entire experience.
Nothing will bring your students closer than working towards a common goal. It also gives students a sense of pride for
financially contributing to their Cuba tour.
Easy fundraising ideas:
Holiday gift-wrapping or flower sales are two fun and quick ideas.
Moderately easy fundraising ideas:
If you want to make a few hundred dollars, a car wash, garage sale, sell art work or
crafts you produce or a spaghetti dinner are great fundraising options. Try to get local businesses to donate supplies
to keep costs down.
More challenging fundraising ideas:
If you're trying to raise some significant cash, try a silent auction or gift calendar.
The following fundraising projects may take the most time and advanced preparation, but they yield great results for your students.
Talk with a merchant about selling an organic or fair trade product like coffee to your friends or door to door in your
Part-time jobs: keep your eyes open and let your friends know you need Cuba travel funds. They may point you to one-time
jobs that can pay $50-$100 dollars for a day's work.
Baby-sit for parents in need of free time. Use your time when the kids are sleeping for reading, study and planning.
Tutor a youth in skills you have that they need.
Yard work, trimming and mowing lawns is a sure bet. Everyone needs this service. Also think about house cleaning –
it's easy, fun and appreciated.
Brainstorm with students and friends and suggest anything that you think may work. Your enthusiasm and motivation
will move others to help you. So keep a positive attitude and keep trying. In all of these cases, personal contact
and accountability are key to the success of your fundraising efforts.
Get creative, and let us know what works for
you so that we can continue to expand our suggestion list to assist others.
Parents Updates while the group is in Cuba
At Authentic Cuba Travel we know parents worry regardless. We also know that reporting back to parents may not be your
students' main priority as they are having a great time in Cuba. For these reasons, while your group is in Cuba,
we issue a brief update report every 48 hours
(or less) in which we tell parents how their kids
are doing, notices of interest or simply the latest Cuba tour developments.
Most experienced Cuba tour guides and staff
Each one of us, from directors to tour leaders, guides and representatives in Canada and Cuba has
lived and worked in the Cuba travel industry for a minimum of 10 years
Nobody knows Cuba as we do!
Call us and you will find tour directors that are fluent in English and Spanish and who have
lived and worked in Cuba Travel Industry for over 10 years minimum. Guaranteed! Your students can't be in better hands
when it comes to Cuba Study Tours!
Safest Cuba Education Tour experience for your students
All Cuban cities are quite safe
as they are relatively free from the well-known street dangers encountered
in other countries. The Cuban people themselves and travelers can equally walk the cities and streets day
and night without having to be concerned about criminal behaviour.
Purse snatching and mugging are not unknown but are rare in the extreme and pose no problem for anyone
with minimal street smarts. In major cities a friendly police officer can be found fairly quickly, and
in tourist areas there is probably one on the next corner.
Cuba is extremely safe by any world standards
, and the average visitor has no reason to worry about
personal safety on the streets, in the hotels, at the beaches or any other place a traveler might visit.
Your students will be 24/7 fully escorted
by our experienced Cuban tour guide and bus driver from the moment
you land in Cuba’s airport to the moment you leave. We will always be there for you!