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Community members invited to join travel-study to Cuba


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – Community members interested in visiting Cuba can reserve spaces in an upcoming University of Tennessee at Martin travel study. The trip is planned for May 7-17, 2017, and will cost approximately $4,255 plus a $40 fee for trip insurance. The cost includes a round-trip flight, hotel stay, excursion fees and some meals. Participants will need current passports. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due to the UT Martin Center for International Education by Dec. 2, 2016.

The trip will focus on agriculture in Cuba, such as organic farming and sustainable agriculture, while also studying the country’s changing economy, culture, history, music and art.

While in Havana, participants will visit Organoponico Vivero Alamar, Cuba’s most successful urban cooperative agricultural project. The group will also tour the Museum of the Revolution and the Partagas Tobacco Factory in Old Havana and spend time at the Fabrica del Arte Cubano for live music, art and dancing.

Travelers will also stay overnight in both Playa Giron and Trinidad. During their time in Playa Giron, participants will have an opportunity to snorkel in the Cueva de los Peces and visit the Bay of Pigs Museum. While in Trinidad, the group will take a guided walking tour of the Plaza Mayor and Romantic Museum before spending the evening listening to live music at Casa de la Musica.

Participation in the academic course is not required for non-students; however community members wishing to learn more about the areas featured may enroll in agriculture 230.

For more information or a complete itinerary, contact Jessica Crews Garcia, UT Martin Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, at, or call the UT Martin Center for International Education at 731-881-1023.


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