UMW in Cuba | Service & Leadership Abroad


UMW in Cuba

Service & Leadership Abroad


Program Dates

May 20 — June 3

Summer 2017


Program Fees


$500 deposit due upon registration.
Final $2,600 due March 1.


  • Accommodations
  • All meals while in Cuba (dinner only on arrival day and breakfast only on departure day)
  • Visa
  • Transportation while abroad
  • Group excursions
  • People to People activities
  • Project materials
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • Round-trip airfare
  • UMW tuition (Spring 2017)
  • Transportation to and from U.S. airport
  • Supplemental meals and snacks
  • Personal expenses and souvenirs
  • Immunizations
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program requires a moderate level of activity, including significant walking, as well as manual labor such as painting, gardening, and other service activities.





Spend two weeks engaging with local communities and discovering the rich culture of Cuba alongside the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service’s Dr. Golda Eldridge and Christina Eggenberger. A mere 90 miles off the southeastern shore of the United States, this country of 11 million people has, until recently, been a “forbidden” destination for Americans. But thanks to new rules as of January 2015, Americans may take part in activities that support the Cuban people, engage in humanitarian projects, and participate in People-to-People programs. Be a part of the movement committed to improving America’s relationship with the Cuban people and helping their children thrive. Ordinary people can build bridges of love and understanding through which governments can walk.

  • Engage in lively conversation with Cuban teens and adults as you help them develop their English language skills.
  • Work hand-in-hand with local people in the community gardens, whose produce is essential to the health and well-being of the children, elderly, and families of Ciego de Ávila.
  • Wield a hammer and paint brush to refresh community buildings suffering from a dearth of resources.
  • Grab your needle and thread and join local Cuban women as they create aprons, baby cloths, and other items sold to benefit women’s cooperative interests.
  • Prepare hearty noontime meals for senior citizens.
  • Wrap up your time in Cuba with three days of people-to-people activities in the nation’s bustling capital, Havana.


During their time in rural Ciego de Ávila, students will have double occupancy lodging in clean, comfortable dormitories. While in Havana, students will stay in casas particulares, homestays offering an authentic insight into a Cuban life. These rooms are double or triple occupancy and have private baths, hot water showers, and standard 110 outlets.


Students will receive 4 course credits for IDIS 350T, International Perspectives on Civic Engagement. This Spring 2017 course will meet throughout the semester in preparation for the program.  Permission of Instructor will be granted upon receipt of each student’s deposit. Students must be enrolled prior to the end of the add/drop period for the Spring 2017 semester.

This course satisfies the Experiential Learning OR Global Inquiry general education requirement by contract with the faculty director only.

Requirements & Prerequisites

Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


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