The Friendship Association sponsors several trips annually with the purpose of meeting with members of civil society, individuals and small, independent groups and associations; in particular artists, environmentalists, professionals, people with disabilities and individuals in urban and rural settings. Meaningful exchanges benefit both sides through better understanding of each other’s culture and customs.
Typically each trip has a focus. We can build an adventure for your group.
Typically each group has 8-12 participants.
Examples of possible customized delegations:
Delegation to meet with Cuban biologists and environmentalists to study migratory birds that fly over and/or nest in Cuba and/or the U.S. Time will dedicated to meaningful exchanges with biologists and ornithologists. The delegation will visit internationally recognized Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean; share bird counting techniques and discuss strategies for protecting migratory birds.
Delegation to meet with Cuban artists to study traditional painting, the use of Afro-Cuban symbolism, the influence of Santeria, and landscape painting. There will be walking tours of the leading artists’ studios in Baracoa and other cities. Since most of the artists live on the premises of their studios, this will give the delegation the opportunity to meet the families of the artists and observe the classes held for children in their studios.
Delegation to meet with architects and preservationists to study the architecture of Cuba and to have meaningful dialogue about historic preservation. The delegation will take walking tours in important colonial cities led by a local architect who will explain the history of the town through its architecture. They will focus on the influence of indigenous dwellings on the early colonial homes to the present day. It will include the colonial defensive system – forts and outposts, eclectic, art deco’ and modernist architecture. Finally it will emphasize the efforts at historic preservation in the historic center and the devastation from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis and economic neglect.
Delegation to meet with archaeologists and anthropologists to share experiences about the rich autochthonous heritage in eastern Cuba and to exchange techniques for field studies. This will include visits to the archaeological museums of Baracoa and Banes, visits to archeological sites and “digs” with a prominent local archaeologist and his team to see Taino burial sites and caves where Taino rituals were held.