Social Welfare in Cuba November 2017

Social Welfare in Cuba: A Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability
Havana and Pinar del Rio Provinces
Study tour offered by the NASW – New York State Chapter

November 4 – 12, 2017

Tour leader: Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW, ACSW
                  Professor Emeritus, Eastern Michigan University, School of Social Work                    

This workshop is being offered for 40 Continuing Education Hours

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Michigan social workers in Cuba, October 2013.

I am excited to again be leading this group and returning to Cuba for the fifth 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 in Cuba Sample Program Highlights November 2017

Orientation Packet 

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.

Social Work Continuing Education Units (CEUs): This trip offers 40 CEUs through New York Chapter NASW. Members of NASW- New York receive these CEUs for no additional cost. Social Workers wanting to receive CEUs for the trip, who are not members of New York NASW, can do so by paying a  $250 administrative fee to NASW New York. Social Workers from other states will need to check with their state licensing authority to be sure that CEUs approved by the New York NASW will be accepted in your state. This has not been an issue to date as most states do reciprocate with regard to CEUs. For further information about CEUs please contact Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW at

Spouses, partners, friends 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.


  •   $2650   Program/in-Cuba logistics fee
  •   $550     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
  • Access to Eco Cuba Network coordinators before, during and after tour

* Single Supplement is $350

Program/in-Cuba logistics fee does not include:

  • Bottled Water and other beverages
  • Tips to hotel and wait staff
  • End of tour gratuity to guide and driver
  • Optional evening cultural activities and non-scheduled activities
  • Personal expenses

Flight Package fee includes:

  • Round trip airfare Miami to Havana 
  • Required Cuban health insurance 
  • Cuban visa 
  • Fedex delivery 

How to Register:

Please print out and complete the Social Welfare in Cuba November 2017 Registration Form and then scan/email it, along with a photocopy of your passport, it to Pam Montanaro at  If you prefer, you may call in your credit card account number to Pam at 510-318-4910, but you must still complete and sign the Credit Card Authorization page on the form. A deposit of $500 is due upon registration.

This trip will be limited to 22 participants.  Application forms will be processed in the order in which they are received.  The completed forms and deposit are due by July 15, 2016. However participants are encouraged to submit their forms as soon as possible to ensure participation.

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 a half century of 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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