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 31 – November 8, 2015

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Michigan social workers in Cuba, October 2013.

This trip is now filled.  If you would like to be on the waiting list, please email Pam Montanaro, co-coordinator of Eco Cuba Network.  We will organize a similar Social Welfare in Cuba trip in the fall of 2016.

"In the fall of 2013, 12 Michigan NASW members, along with some of their friends and partners, ventured on our first trip to Cuba and universally gave the experience glowing feedback:

      'This experience was structured as a mobile conference where the participants went to the agencies and communities of the presenters. This provided knowledge of the bio-psycho-social context that went beyond any other conference which I have attended. In every way this trip was an extraordinary opportunity for cultural and social work understanding.'

      'This was a tremendous program-it was highly stimulating professionally. Cuba’s integrated health/mental health system is an inspirational model for the world.'

I am excited to again be leading this group and returning to Cuba for the fourth time! Each time I return to Cuba I am newly invigorated by the communitarian spirit and the commitments to health and education that give the Cuban people a remarkable quality of life despite living with the consequences of a US embargo for the past half century.                                                                                       — Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW, ACSW

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 Draft Program November 2015 

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 510-318-4910.

CECs: This trip is offered for 40 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Social Workers in the State of Michigan through the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Members of Michigan Chapter of NASW will receive their CECs without any additional cost. Non-members and out of state participants will pay a fee of $250 to Michigan NASW to receive these CECs. Social Workers from other states will need to check with their state licensing authority to be sure these CECs are transferable (for most states they are). For further information about CECs contact Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW at

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.

Tour fees:

  • $2500  Program/in-Cuba logistics fee
  •   $525 – 575   Flight package fee

Program/in-Cuba logistics fee 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
  • Honoraria to all host speakers, organizations and communities
  • Preparatory educational material

* Single Supplement is $350

Program/in-Cuba logistics fee does not include:

  • Bottled Water and other beverages
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel staff, guide and driver
  • Optional evening cultural activities
  • Personal expenses

Flight Package fee includes:

  • Round trip airfare Miami to Havana (approximately $425 as of fall 2014)
  • Required Cuban health insurance (included in fare)
  • Cuban visa (approximately $75 as of fall 2014) 

How to Register:

Please email Pam Montanaro or call at 510-318-4910 to receive the registration forms and orientation packet for this Cuba tour.

Cuba travel for Eco Cuba Network tours, including the flight, visa and required Cuban health insurance, is arranged by Marazul Charters, a licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider with over 40 years experience arranging Cuba travel for professional, educational, cultural, and "people to people" delegations to research every aspect of Cuban life.

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

Participants should also allow at least $50 – 100 per day for personal expenses and non-covered items, the flight to Miami from your home city, and one overnight stay in Miami the night before departure for Cuba.

Eco Cuba Network is a project of the Green Cities Fund

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