Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Semester Abroad: History, Culture, and Politics of Cuba - Brief Update

Ah, the internet in Cuba.  It is both a blessing and a curse.  Those of us who have traveled there often welcome the break from modern technology, relish in the quiet, and feel released from the obligation of constant communication.  Yet, here in Minneapolis, we are so anxious to hear exciting updates about our semester study abroad program in Cuba.  We have been in touch with our staff by phone - everyone is doing well! - but since communication is so difficult, our staff is unable to post to this blog very frequently.  

What we can tell you so far:
  • We welcomed students from American University, Carleton College, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Fordham University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Point Loma Nazarene University, and the College of Wooster.  
  • This year, CGE-Mexico program coordinator, Lisanne Morgan, who has extensive experience leading groups in Cuba for CGE, is accompanying the students throughout the semester.  She'll be working closely with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center staff (translator, etc.) and various faculty to ensure a cohesive program.  We are so grateful that Lisanne - who brought her partner and son along for the semester in Cuba - saw such value in the program and had a strong desire to ensure its continued success.  
  • The students had a very intensive and helpful orientation. Last year's students told us they felt there wasn't enough time spent on acclimation to the community and country, so we took that seriously and set aside an extended period of time to do so this year.  
  • The students are settled in with their homestay families in the Marianao community

We're hoping to get on the phone with Lisanne soon to hear some fun goings-on and will try to post what she shares with us.   

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