This past winter, Road Scholar’s Board of Directors made history by visiting Cuba.

ABOVE: Road Scholar's Board of Directors in Cuba

Cuba is a unique country, frozen in time for more than 50 years, but changing rapidly. Road Scholar has many long and important relationships in Cuba, creating and operating People-to-People learning experiences since 1997, and, today, the Cuban people need our support more than ever. Recent decisions by the U.S. government have dramatically impacted the many Cuban people who partner with Road Scholar — our lecturers and Group Leaders, members of arts groups and not-for-profit initiatives, museums, schools and all the service providers that rely on Road Scholar programs for their livelihood and support.

The Road Scholar Board of Directors traveled to Cuba to stand alongside our Cuban friends, to demonstrate Road Scholar’s commitment to its unique relationships on the island, and to promote the importance of Americans connecting with the Cuban people by participating in Road Scholar’s People-to-People experiences in Cuba.

ABOVE: A group performs for the Board of Directors.

George M., former U.S. Ambassador and a member of the Road Scholar Board of Directors, found the experience particularly meaningful. He said, “We are right next door to Cuba, and we all make an assumption that we actually know something about the place. However, when you meet people who live there and talk about their experiences with them, you realize how little we really do know.”

Learning about authentic Cuba from Cuban people is what gives so much impact to the Road Scholar experience — for both Americans and Cubans alike. No organization creates such in-depth experiences in Cuba, nor brings more Americans to Cuba than Road Scholar. We were among the very first organizations granted a People-to-People license, and we take great pride in our role as the leader in educational travel to Cuba.

ABOVE: Road Scholar fosters special relationships with local Cubans.

Road Scholar’s relationships in Cuba, developed over 20 years, are deep, sincere and characterized by integrity and respect. In every town Road Scholar participants visit, the local people know Road Scholar and want to share their experience and point-of-view — a view that goes far deeper than the day’s headlines.

Connecting with others, we learn firsthand about their beliefs, hopes and dreams. We learn that together we are stronger than our differences — and that has always been education’s great promise and strength, and the source of our infinite potential as students of, and ambassadors to, the world.

Experience Cuba with Road Scholar and you will have a transformative experience — a true learning adventure.

Road Scholar is proud to be the largest not-for-profit provider of learning adventures in Cuba.
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Road Scholar offers opportunities to travel legally to Cuba under the new OFAC Regulations published June 5, 2019. Following the General License category “Support of the Cuban People,” Road Scholar programs include activities intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba. Each day's program promotes independence for the Cuban people and results in meaningful interactions with the Cuban people.


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