Travel Programs

Building Bridges to Cuba

Located just 90 miles from the United States, the Caribbean island of Cuba has been difficult to travel to from the U.S. for over 50 years. It is possible to travel to Cuba with our educator tour offered by Bank Street College. This is an extraordinary opportunity for you to take part in a week-long people-to-people experience in Cuba.

You will explore the history, culture, and environment of Cuba, with a focus on the systems of universal education as well as community building designed to promote social justice and equality. Based in the cities of Havana and Trinidad, our visits to community projects, museums, and historic sites will give you opportunities to speak with educators, artists, musicians, students, and everyday citizens to build bridges of understanding.

We will use inquiry and reflection to examine the interwoven strands of indigenous, European, and African heritage that have given rise to a distinctive culture with a strong world presence. We will also explore ways in which the people of Cuba are preparing to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Course Dates: June 29 – July 6, 2019 and alternating summers

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  • 2019 Program Fees

    $3,995 per person to earn 60 CTLE hours or 6 CEUs

    • Includes airfare (round-trip from New York City to Havana),
    • Casas particulares in Havana and Trinidad (bed and breakfasts, double occupancy),
    • Meals,
    • Local transportation,
    • Bank Street faculty program leader,
    • Guest speakers, and
    • Museum entrance fees.

    This program is open to all educators. Bank Street affiliation is not required.

    Additional costs could include:

    • Drinks outside of meals or on the bus, souvenirs, optional evening activities.
    • Single occupancy accommodations available for an additional $70. (All accommodations have shared bathrooms.)
    • 1 graduate credit option will be an additional $617; 2 graduate credits will be an additional $2,229. Coursework will be due four weeks after the program.

    Bank Street Cooperating Teacher Vouchers and Bank Street Staff Waivers reduced the cost of this program to $2,995.

    Apply here for Summer 2019

  • Sample Day

    Breakfast at the casa particular with your Cuban hosts
    Visit with a representative of the Ministry of Education
    Visit to the Museum of Literacy (Museo Nacional de la Alfabetización), chronicling the Literacy Campaign of 1961


    Lunch at a local paladar restaurant with Cuban educators
    Visit to the Ernest Hemingway Museum in Cojimar

    Late Afternoon

    Walking tour of Old Havana


    Dinner at a local paladar restaurant
    Enjoy Cuban music and art at Fábrica de Arte Cubano (optional)

  • Instructor: Julie Broderick

    Julie Broderick, MSEd, MS, teaches 5th grade at the School at Columbia. She is a lead teacher of mathematics, literacy, and social studies. She is also an instructor at Bank Street, teaching math methods classes for Continuing Professional Studies. In addition, she has spent seven years as a lecturing professor of undergraduate elementary methods courses at Barnard College. Prior to teaching at The School, Julie taught for thirteen years in the New York City public schools, teaching 1st– 5th grades in Washington Heights and on the Upper West Side. Julie began her career as a bilingual teacher, working in both transitional and dual language Spanish bilingual programs. She has traveled to Cuba four times, presenting at conferences and traveling the country with teachers. Julie holds advanced degrees from both Bank Street and Georgetown University and earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she majored in government with a concentration in Latin American politics.

View Highlights from the 2017 Trip

Visits to the Universidad de la Habana, Casa del Nino y Nina, Hemingway's house, and an Artist's Studio.
  • Casa del Nino y Nina
  • At Hemingway's house
  • University of Habana
  • At an Artist's Studio

A Cuban taxi in front of the hotel
This trip renewed my love of being an educator. It was inspiring to see the importance placed on education in Cuba, and made me want to do better in my own classroom. Also, the love and importance of the arts (music, dance, etc) in education reinforced a belief that I hold dear. It validated my belief that it can and should be incorporated into everyday.
Participant, 2017