Social Welfare in Cuba: A Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability

Social Welfare in Cuba: A Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability

October 12 – 20, 2013

doctor and family cuba

Cuban family doctor clinic where Cuban citizens enjoy universal, free and readily available health
care service. Cuba's health indices are widely acclaimed to be among the world's best.

This program will provide a close look at vital issues facing Cuba today with a focus on (1) sustainable social and environmental policy and practice and the integration of the two in Cuba; (2) clinical practice in terms of family, child and adolescent intervention and therapy; issues of gender, race and class in Cuba as they impact the practice of Social Welfare.  

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with official policy makers, directors of programs, and a variety of practitioners with a range of social work and other disciplinary training. The program will include engagement with urban and rural Cuban citizens in a variety of formal and informal settings as well as a variety of cultural activities.

Through site visits, presentations and discussions, participants will be presented with Cuba's perspective on the issues and encouraged to think critically about how these perspectives relate to the US – our work as social workers, and to society in general, as well as how Cuban and US social workers can learn from each other… and of course, how we, as US citizens, can help to bridge the gaps so that we can work together for the well-being of our clients, communities, countries, world and planet.

Social Welfare in Cuba 2013  (Sample Program)

If you have any questions on the program and/or  logistics for the delegation, please email Pam Montanaro, Coordinator for Eco Cuba Network or call 510-649-1052.

CEC's:  This trip is offered for 40 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Social Work in the State of Michigan. Social Workers from other states needing Continuing Education Credits will need to check with their State’s licensing authority to be sure that these CEC's are transferable and will pay a fee of $100 to Michigan NASW to receive these CEC's.  For further information, Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW.

Spouses, partners and colleagues of Social Workers, who work in related fields are also welcome to participate.

For articles and videos on Social Welfare and Sustainability in Cuba, check out our Resources on Social Welfare in Cuba page.

For articles and videos on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development in Cuba, check out our ECN Resources page.

Fee: $2200 land only, includes:

Double room accommodations in 4 star hotel and 2 meals per day.
Full program
Tour guide and translator for all scheduled events
Transportation to all scheduled events

Fee does not include:
Round trip Airfare Miami to Havana ($400 – 500 as of 5/13)
Cuban visa and required Cuban health insurance ($75 as of 5/13)
Bottled Water and other beverages
Optional evening cultural activities
Personal expenses

How to Register:

Cuba travel for Eco Cuba Network tours is arranged by licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider, Global Exchange Reality Tours, a non profit TSP with over 20 years experience arranging Cuba travel for professional, educational, cultural, and "people to people" delegations to research every aspect of Cuban life.

The registration page is here. The Custom Tour Code to register is 2013.10.5.  Please contact Pam Montanaro (by email or call 510-649-1052) for assistance with the registration process.

We must receive your application and a non-refundable deposit of $500 3 months before departure. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Full payment is due 6 – 8 weeks before departure.

The full cost for this tour will be:

  • $2200  Cuba program, guide and translator, accommodations and 2  meals/day
  •  $474 – $524 round trip airfare Miami-Havana, Cuban visa, required Cuban health insurance**

Participants should also allow at least $50 per day for personal expenses and non-covered items, the flight to Miami and, probably, one overnight stay in Miami the night before departure for Cuba.

This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. In some  cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants.

**This is an approximate figure as the Cuba Charter companies occasionally adjust the cost slightly in accordance with changing conditions.

Why Travel to Cuba with Eco Cuba Network?


Eco Cuba Network is a project of the Green Cities Fund











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