Strained relations between have created a road block when it comes to tourism and acquainting oneself with the tropical island nation of Cuba.
Since the passing of its dictator Fidel Castro, former President Barack Obama amended ties to the once blacklisted country. Rectifying relations with Cuba has opened a path for those wishing to travel to the country.
Travel restrictions were lifted and Americans have been allowed to visit the Caribbean island since last year , as long as it is for any of the authorized purposes.
According to Southwest Airlines, travel to Cuba has to be authorized under thirteen categories. Authorized trips include family visits, research, humanitarian projects, and educational purposes, among others. In its literal term, tourism isn’t approved. However, if you classify your trip as for the purposes of research, journalsim, or education, you are in the clear.
Most haven’t thought about visiting the estranged island but an exciting opportunity has come to the CCSJ community.
This year’s Friends and Family Spring Break Trip is to the vibrant, history rich Cuba. The 2018 spring break trip through Calumet College is partnering up with People-To-People International to take students, staff, friends, and family on an educational trip through Cuba.
People-To-People is an international organization that focuses on cross cultural connections between the world’s citizens. Through this trip people “enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities.”
Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower supported the concept of People-To-People: “peaceful relations between nations requires understanding and mutual respect between individuals.”
The 2018 Spring Break Trip to Cuba is the perfect educational trip that will offer insights on a culture that many have not been exposed to due to decades of political tension between the U.S. and Cuba. From March 3-20, the group will travel throughout Cuba: visiting novelist Ernest Hemingway’s home, Chicago gangster Al Capone’s house, a cigar factory, and a rum museum, just to name a few.
The cost of the trip is $3,684 per person with a deposit of $300 to hold your spot. Availability is limited, so grab your spot for an educational tour of a lifetime.
It’s unclear how President Trump’s new travel restrictions with Cuba may affect the trip.
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