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Dr. Conway has shared the homeland of her maternal grandfather with countless travelers over the years. This year will be extra special as we enjoy a medical tour of Cuba especially designed for the medical professional. Enjoy a rich cultural, social and medical exchange with this small country so rich in culture, benevolence and heart.
We will travel to Havana and enjoy afrocuban music and history and of course some cuban salsa. We will also delight in the regional foods and spectacular people. When we take a break from our medical expeditions, we will explore how the world famous cuban cigars are made and visit the rum museum. No trip to Cuba will be complete without a quick detour to the Malecon.
Finally, we will spend the afternoon at Escuela Latinoamericano de Medicina (ELAM) where students from all over the world, including many american students, study medicine absolutely FREE OF CHARGE. This is one of Cuba's humanitarian outreaches to help those who are from underserved areas train in medicine to become physicians and to prepare them to return to their home country and serve those same communities. Our host will be Dr. Lourdes Tavares from the University of Havana who is planning an exciting program for us!
Who Can Join Us? Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals as well as pre-professional students in the noted professions. Spouses and adult children are also welcome. Lay persons interested in a deeper understanding of the Cuban Health System are also welcome to attend.
Legal Travel: All travel is LEGAL and with approved licenses
Costs: Our charges are the most affordable available for legal travel to Cuba. Tours that include only significantly less cost quite a bit more. Please browse the websites of InsightCuba or other vendors for comparatives. We are traveling with a trusted vendor who has navigated our travel needs for many years and we have never been disappointed. Your airfare IS NOT included. Your Cuban Visa IS included in your costs.
Join Dr. Conway and I AM ABEL FOUNDATION as we navigate the Cuban Healthcare System with our Cuban Partners. This is a completely customized excursion tailored to the medical professional and health pre-professional. We will stay at one of the finest hotels in Modern Havana. Most meals will be covered (2-3 daily) along with professional guided tours to each stop along our journey. The Cubans have well understood how the social determinants of health affect and impact medical health. This is an incredible opportunity to observe how this small, island country with truly limited resources is able to provide some of the finest healthcare in the world to it's citizens. On our free night we plan to enjoy the Afro-cuban sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club. Of course a stroll in the old classic cars is already on the itinerary! This is the "Don't Miss" event of the year.
Tours: All tours are led by experienced Cuban tour guides with expertise and knowledge in Cuban History as well as the Cuban Health System. For large groups, travel is in air-conditioned coach bus but no matter the group size, travel accommodations are spacious and comfortable. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are typically included but we have a few nights out on our own where we can try other exciting options.
Visa: Your Cuban Visa IS included in your costs. You will receive it by mail. Please do NOT complete it UNTIL you are on the leg of your flight that is flying out to Cuba.
Pre-departure Dinner: Prior to each trip, we will have a pre-departure dinner at the home of Dr. Conway where you can sample some Cuban Cuisine and ask any remaining questions you may have. It's also a great time for everyone to get to meet their fellow travelers in advance! Our last pre-departure shin ding was a huge hit so don't miss it!
Air Fare: If you are interested in group airfare please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you will arrange your own airfare, please check with Dr. Conway prior to choosing flights to best coordinate with airport transfer to hotel with our Cuban partners.
CUBAN HEALTH SYSTEM CUSTOM TOUR
Cuba’s big! Its land mass is 42,426 square miles – about 80 percent the size of Alabama. Cuba is nearly as large as Louisiana, and larger than Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ohio or Indiana. Altogether it’s bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined.
COSTS AND DATES
Tour Date: Registration links provide the specific dates for travel.
Cost: Varies based on specific tours. To learn more, click on the registration links.
To travel single or with minors UNDER the age of 12: Click on the registration links
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 300.00 USD is required upon registration.
The last day for deposits: We recommend early commitment, however, as there is a max number of attendees.
Final payment is due: TBA.
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
All taxes. Prices listed are the total amounts you pay. All amounts are quoted in US dollars.
Airport transfers: We meet you at José Martí Int’l Airport in Havana and take you to your hotel upon arrival. We return you to José Martí Airport for departure.
Hotels as listed in tour itinerary or similar.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per itinerary.
All activities, services, speakers, meetings and meals as described in tour itinerary except those noted as “optional” or “not included in cost.”
Luxury air-conditioned coach transportation and a full-time professional driver.
An expert Cuban English-speaking guide and translator whose background matches tour content throughout the program.
Ongoing support from Cuba Explorer Tours staff in North America and Cuba before, during and after your stay.
Emergency collect call access to our North American staff while in Cuba.
Emergency cash advances for our tour participants who face complications accessing funds from aboard while in Cuba.
Cuban Visa is included.
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
Cost of airfare to and from Havana.
Gratuities for Cuban tour guide, bus driver, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters, etc.
Trip Interruption Insurance
Check out this video on ELAM Medical School that educates thousands of underserved physicians for FREE!
Check out this clip of Afro-Cuban Jazz, then join us for a night at the "Buena Vista Social Club!"
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