The Last Day: The Fourteen Travel Home

Today our day began at 2:30 A.M. (Eastern time). We met in the lobby of the hotel, checked out, paid for the lock boxes, loaded the bus, ate a yummy ham and cheese sandwich and had cups of coffee. By 3:00 A.M. we were on our way to the airport and arrived by 3:30.  We had […]

Last Full Day in Cuba

Today was our last full day in Cuba.  We relaxed today and visited Las Terrazas, an eco-community in the Sierra del Rosario mountain range located approximately 40 minutes west of Havana.  The park is located near the rural mountain village of Rancho Curujey which is a self-sustaining community with goals of reforestation, historical preservation, environmental balance and […]

A Day of Visits

Today we visited Cintio Vitier, a community project organized for the residents and children of Nuevo Vedado neighborhood which is one of the more impoverished areas of Havana.  We started by helping to plant trees and other flowers in a community park.  This is part of their effort to take abandoned real estate and to make it […]

Magic Day/Tangible Poetry

There is a billboard in Havana that states, “Haz bien pero no mires a quien” (Do things well but don’t look for whom you are doing them.). That is the theme of this day’s blog; Dr. Turla called it a  magic day; the director of “Muraleando” called it “tangible poetry.” Manuel Diaz, leader of the community […]

Polyclinic Visits

Today we visited a community Polyclinic and met with Dr. Orlanier and Dr. Ana Geisa.  They talked about the Health Care system in Cuba, gave us a tour of their facility and answered all of our questions.  Health care in Cuba is national and socialized which means all citizens of Cuba have access to free health care.  The […]

Service in Cuba

There is no doubt that today was a pivotal day. It was a fierce-fully productive service day. You have to remember that Cuba is a socialist country. Our guide, Alexis Hernandez, will tell you that that means that there is no incentive to be creative, productive, or ingenious in the workplace. Enter our 14 students. […]


Wow what a day!! Havana is an amazing place. The architecture, history, people, smells, food, and music are all exceptional and unique.  I have never been anyplace else like this. I keep reminding myself that I am viewing all of this from a place of comfort.  Unlike many of the residents of this country, I have plenty […]

From Cancun to Havana

We were so proud of our “14” this morning. They were ready to go as requested at 10:30 A.M. so we could get to the airport with plenty of time to spare. The plane took off on time and we landed safely in Havana. Havana! Passing through customs was an usual experience. It was certainly […]

Last Day in Mexico

Our last day in Mexico was spent at Isla Mujeres (Spanish for “Island of Women”). This  is an island in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, located eight miles off of the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, near Cancun Mexico.  Once on the island, we rented golf carts to explore all the nooks and crannies of this beautiful […]

At the Beach

Today we spent a most deserved day at the beach. The students have been working non-stop for 5-6 hours a day and they certainly have earned a break. Playa del Carmen is a lovely beach town 1 hour south of Cancun by bus and is situated directly in front of the island of Cozumel. It […]