Learn Spanish & Local Adventure

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Coordinator | Tim

High­lights

Continue learning Spanish from a beautiful countryside location, Viñales - tobacco plantations and unique limestone mountains and caves make this a UNESCO World Heritage destination
Daily adventure activities to explore and enjoy including; horseride and hiking exploration of valley including tobacco plantations to learn about curing and cigar making processes
7 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch (mainly organic produce) in a Casa Particulare plus transportation from/to Old Habana as required
Program support 24/7 to answer questions and help maximise your time during your stay
Great value package starting 3rd Sunday each month BUT can be combined with Habana based programs to make into a 3+ week all Cuban adventure!
One week learning Spanish and exploring Viñales Valley – bursting with tobacco plantations, traditional farming, unique limestone mountains. Horse, bike, hike adventure! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Go back in time and taste the flavor of the traditional Cuban lifestyle in the beautiful town of Viñales. This rural town still uses horse power to cultivate their plantations, such as the world famous Cuban tobacco fields used to hand roll cigars. The perfect contrast to Havana, you'll enjoy the fresh air and natural world in Viñales, visiting the stunning UNESCO heritage status limestone mountains and tobacco drying houses.

This is a one week program starting 3rd Sunday of every month. After your Spanish lessons, we partake in several activities, such as hiking, horse-riding and cycling through some of the most wonderful landscapes in Cuba.

Can be taken as a stand-alone program or as an extension to other of our programs, followed by a third week in Viñales! The program starts and finishes in Viñales, but transportation from Old Havana can be arranged direct to your Casa Particulare in Viñales departing after breakfast Sunday morning and arriving lunchtime. As usual there is a ‘welcome camino’ to familiarize yourself with the neighbourhood and various services. Very quickly you will sense a totally different atmosphere and pace to the chaotic energy of Habana.

This is farming country and the horse is used to get around town and used to work the rust coloured tobacco fields. The town itself is very pretty nestled in a valley surrounded by distinctive limestone mountains. The main square is lively during the evenings with an outdoor ‘Casa de Musica’ being the central hub for nightlife.

Typical day

Accommodation is shared rooms in a family run Casa Particulare. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day and features locally grown produce – usually organic. Monday to Friday Spanish lessons continue in the mornings. After lunch there are daily activities, listed below, to help you enjoy and explore this beautiful part of the country.

Spanish Lessons
Monday to Friday’s intensive Spanish lessons take place shortly after breakfast. Your teacher is licensed and on day one you receive a short test followed by a discussion to establish your level and objectives (OR if doing this as a ‘follow on’ program, teacher in Havana will prepare continuation classes in Viñales). Lessons take the format of 3 x 45 minute lessons each morning, with 15 minute breaks to refresh, making approximately 3 hours of Spanish lessons each day – 15 hours per week. Lessons are held from 09:00 sharp, Monday to Friday at your Casa.


Horseback Finca & Tobacco Tour
Each day Monday to Friday an activity has been scheduled to help you enjoy and explore the town and countryside. These include finca & tobacco tour on horseback! The best way to explore the valley and lush plantations is as the local formers do; on horseback. This is a gentle trot through the countryside to take in the scenery and traditional farming techniques. We stop at one of the distinctive tobacco drying houses and learn more about this famous crop – and the processes involved in cultivating tobacco, drying/curing and finally how to roll a cigar. We then continue to the spectacular ‘Mirador’ viewing point before returning home late afternoon (if you prefer, this activity can be taken as a walking tour – without the horse!).

Valley of Silence
This time we enjoy exploring the valley on foot. Learning more about the various crops cultivated here including sugar cane – a refreshing cane juice helps energise us along the way. As we walk your local guide will help you understand how people live here, some of the challenges and the importance of agriculture and tourism to create a balanced and sustainable economy.

Sunrise & Prehistory Mural
This morning we have a particularly early start as we aim to catch a spectacular sunrise with a local community, Los Acuáticos. We enjoy stories about the history – and mythology – of this community. After a coffee or fruit juice we continue to the famous ‘prehistory mural’ – actually an art piece created in the 60’s and often hyped but nonetheless a popular attraction and the location itself is very special.

Back to our Casa ready for breakfast… and Spanish classes. As the afternoon is free any sleepy heads can enjoy a well-earned siesta!

Bicy tour to Indian Cave
This time we hop on bicycles and head out of town and explore one of the many limestone caves that make Viñales so distinctive. Some of these caves were used as shelters for indigenous peoples and used as hideouts for runaway slaves. There is also a cave that doubles as a nightclub!

Today we take a boat trip to admire one of the most extensive cave formations with distinctive mineral and limestone formations.

Viñales village & Botantical Gardens
Our final activity during this busy week is to learn more about the evolution of the town, different construction techniques and pointers to her future. We also learn more about the indigenous flora at the beautifully manicured botantical gardens.

Free-time activities

Each day we have arranged an activity to help you explore and enjoy Viñales BUT there will still be free time to head off and enjoy hiking, running, horseriding, cycling, swimming, dancing in this super friendly town and surrounding countryside. Your Program Manager will be available 24/7 to help you with ideas and support to make your time here very special.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Open mind and spirit of adventure!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Corazon Cuba
Program includes 7 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch, 'welcome camino' on arrival, Spanish lessons each morning and afternoon activities described every day Monday to Friday to help you maximise your time. Start date 3rd Sunday of each month BUT welcome to arrive early and pay for extra night bed & breakfast as required. 

Can be taken as a standalone program or 'follow on'/extension week to Habana programs. Transport can be arranged from Old Habana direct to your homestay in Viñales.

Accommodation
Accommodation for solo traveller is single sex shared rooms in a family run Casa Particulare (max 3 pax per room). Friends or couples booking together are automatically 'upgraded' to a private room with en suite/private bathroom. Family rooms can also be provided as required. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day and features locally grown produce – usually organic. Monday to Friday Spanish lessons continue in the usual format 3 x 45 minute lessons from 09:00-11:45. After lunch there are daily activities, as described, to help you enjoy and explore this beautiful part of the country.

Food & Beverages

Breakfast & lunch provided.


We cater for food preferences.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana. We assist you to find cheap flights to Cuba.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Cuba provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Cuba you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cuba.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program start is 3rd Sunday of EVERY month and includes 7 nights. This program can be taken as a stand-alone program OR a ‘follow on program’/'extension week'.

For example, why not start your Cuban adventure in Habana on the 1st Sunday of each month where we have two 2 week program options available [Learn Spanish, Dance & Culture OR Learn Spanish & Volunteer], then continue to Viñales for a third week doing this program? What better way to get an all round view of Cuba than a three week program starting with two weeks in Habana followed by a week in Viñales!

Price includes ‘welcome camino’, 7 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch plus 15 intensive Spanish lessons and activities described above.

Cost of extra night – accommodation & breakfast USD 30

Transfer from Old Havana – each way USD 25

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 1 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 420
1 week (max. stay)
$ 420
Average fees
$ 420 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Corazon Cuba will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Corazon Cuba during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Learn Spanish & Local Adventure

One week learning Spanish and exploring Viñales Valley – bursting with tobacco plantations, traditional farming, unique limestone mountains. Horse, bike, hike adventure!

$420/week

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