NPCA Trip to Cuba–Now this is a good idea

Now this is a good idea..the only failing, I see, is that the group (it appears) will not be going to Finca Vigia, Museo Hemingway in Havana. This  Museo is supported by The Finca Vigia Foundation, named after Hemingway’s home (which means “lookout farm” in Spanish), has for years worked with Cuban authorities to preserve the estate, restore Hemingway’s fishing boat, the Pilar, and conserve the author’s documents. One of the key figure in this foundation–connecting it directly to RPCVs is Bob Vila (Panama 1969-70) who was a PCV architect as a Volunteer, and later hosted This Old House on PBS. His current website is:

The Finca Vigía Foundation, a small American non-profit working in Havana, has navigated the shoals of US/Cuban relations to create a bi-national project that has saved one of the most significant monuments of American literature. In doing so, the Foundation has built bridges between Cuban and American professionals, won the support of both governments, and provided training for Cuban preservationists. Hemingway loved Cuba and Cubans still love Hemingway. Finca Vigía (Lookout Farm) – consisting of a large main house, numerous outbuildings, and extensive gardens – was Hemingway’s primary home from 1939 to 1960.

But never mind. Perhaps the Finca Vigía is on the list of sight. If you go, then ask to see it.

Some details for the upcoming trip to Cuba.

Learn from and about our rapidly-changing neighbor in the Caribbean – Cuba – while connecting with Peace Corps friends old and new.  Join us on this exclusive NPCA Next Step Travel – Cuba program this October.


Highlights and Overview

  • Visit to the colonial city of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit to a performing arts school
  • Meeting with the Friendship Institute to discuss US/Cuban relations
  • Meeting with an economist to learn more about Cuba’s changing economy
  • Cultural visits to museums and performances
  • Visit to an urban garden to learn about sustainability
  • Visit with a neighborhood block organization for a unique People-to-People exchange

This trip is operated by Global Exchange. Learn more about Global Exchange here.

Trip Dates

All-Inclusive 8-Day Trip

$3,950 per person

  • October 17 – 24, 2015

Price includes:

  • RT air from Miami to Cuba, Cuban visa, and mandatory Cuban health insurance
  • Four star accommodations, in-country transportation, translation, a fluent English-speaking guide/facilitator, and two meals daily
  • Preparatory materials
  • NOT included are expenses of a purely personal nature, trip insurance, luggage fees, extra beverages, gratuities for guides & driver, 5.5% registration fee
  • Single room supplement (a room without a roommate) is an additional $400

Max. group size: 25

This exclusive opportunity is open to NPCA members and their guests only.  Due to limited availability, we kindly request that members invite no more than one non-member guest (who must specify the accompanying member name in the special needs area of the registration form).

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