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NASW Members Headed Back to Cuba this November

Monday, March 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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Social Welfare in Cuba: A Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability
City of Havana and the Province of Pinar del Rio
November 9 – 17, 2019

This Study Tour is designed for Social Workers and others interested in examining Cuba's Health Care and Social Welfare Systems.

The program is offered in collaboration with NASW: California, New York and Michigan and provides 40 Social Work CE's to eligible participants.*

Click here to read full details about the November trip. 

Since 2013, we have been traveling to Cuba with social workers and others whose professional and personal interests make learning about Cuba's social welfare system and the quality of life in Cuba enriching to their pursuits. Our goal is to explore the rich culture, political complexities, and economic realities of Cuban life with a particular focus on the experiences of the Cuban people as a consequence of the commitments of the Revolution to provide high quality free healthcare and education for all

Our November 2019 trip will focus on the city of Havana with a two day visit to the beautiful westernmost province of Pinar del Rio. This will give participants a chance to experience both urban and rural life in Cuba. We will have the opportunity to interact with Cuban professionals and other Cuban citizens who benefit from their government's universal systems of health care, education and social welfare.

"I am excited to again be leading this group and returning to Cuba for (in my case) the eighth 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 more than half a century."  - Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW, ACSW

Past participants' glowing feedback: 

      “This was definitely the most educational and informative continuing education activity I have ever experienced. The presenters and topics were very thorough and the diversity of agencies that were visited helped to give a holistic picture of how the Cuban health/social care system works. It was very beneficial to learn how a community-based approach can be effective in dealing with multiple issues and can be very preventative.”

      "The Cuba experience was informative, educational, and life changing. I have a very different view of Cuba, its people, government, and health care and cultural institutions and systems. The perspective of the Cuban people and service providers provides a clear contrast from the US perspective in many areas, specifically I learned how much can be done with so little when the primary focus is on strengths of the client and of the community…… Marjorie, Chuck, Michelle, and Cal provided an excellent experience and I would recommend this trip to any social worker that is open to exploring the world’s diversity."


     "This trip broadened my outlook and added many more dimensions to the ways I think about the creation and delivery of social welfare services. The consideration of service delivery in the context of a place as fascinating and confounding as Cuba is great practice for all of us to realize that, as per social work 101, we must start where the client is, and leave our preconceived assumptions in the bus. Our trip leaders were excellent: And our guide Cal was professional and endlessly knowledgeable. This trip fulfilled the learning objectives and more; it was fantastically enjoyable, intriguing, and stimulating."


How to Register:

Click here to read full details about the November trip. 

Please print out and complete the Social Welfare in Cuba November 2019 Application Form and then scan/email it, along with a photocopy of your passport, 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. Participants are encouraged to submit their forms as soon as possible to ensure participation. The registration deadline for the November 2019 trip is September 1, 2019.

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. 

Your non-refundable deposit of $500 is due with your registration form.  Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover, as well as by money order or certified check are welcome. Full payment is due 4 – 6 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. 

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