Friday, February 8, 2013

Cuba semester program is off the ground!

The Center for Global Education's newest semester program - History, Culture, and Politics of Cuba - is up and running!  Students arrive in Havana last week.  Rebekah Menning, former staff with CGE-Central America, is serving as the resident advisor for this program.  She'll be passing along blog posts as she is able (for those of you who have been to Cuba, you know the internet is not exactly reliable).

Here are Rebekah's first thoughts...

Greetings from Cuba!

The group is in the midst of orientation week and getting settled into
class routines and our neighborhood of Marianao.

On Monday we all met at the Miami airport and, after taking a quick
charter flight to Havana, our group was greeted at the Martin Luther
King Memorial Center by their staff and our homestay families! Student
and staff alike have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our
reception by host families and the entire staff at the MLK Center.

Yesterday students received a history lecture from the first guest
speaker of the semester and we headed to ‘Habana Vieja’ for a walking
tour of the oldest part of the city. Today is another full day with
students’ first full Spanish class and a visit to a Transformation
Workshop in a nearby neighborhood.

Apart from programming, it’s clear that students are soaking up the
sun, enjoying the cuisine and looking forward to free time on the
weekends to explore and have more time with their host families.

In general we’re excited for all the next three months will bring!
We’ll write here as often as we can to send brief updates about
what we’re up to and hope you’ll check back in occasionally.

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