Trinidad, on the south coast of Cuba, is a beautifully preserved colonial Spanish town of just 50,000 people. A magnificent sandy beach lies just a short bus ride from the town centre. At night, the atmosphere is wonderful, with live music and Salsa dancing in almost every bar. Some tourism is now starting to reach Trinidad, but it still largely unspoilt. However, being much smaller than Havana and Santiago de Cuba, with fewer students and more difficult to reach, Trinidad is really for students who are a bit more adventurous.
You will learn Spanish in the downtown area of Trinidad, within easy walking distance of many of the city’s cultural attractions, such as the Iglesia Francisco and the Palacio Brunet.
Unlike most of the programmes that we offer, there is no school building. Instead, lessons either take place in the home of one of the host families, or in cultural centres (such as libraries). Before you travel, you will be provided with the contact details of the local coordinator, who will be your point of reference and will be able to provide you with any support you require during your stay in Trinidad.
Take the ‘Intensive’ course of 20 group lessons and you will have 4 lessons per day (from Monday to Friday) in a group with other students of a similar level to yourself. Group sizes are small, with a maximum of 3 students per class, meaning that all students have plenty of contact time with the teacher. Such small groups also allow the teacher to really target the lessons to the level and requirements of his/her group.
Private lessons can be added to a group course or taken independently if there is something in particular that you need to focus on during your course, or if you cannot commit to attending lessons every week day.
If you require accommodation, this can be arranged with a carefully selected host family on a half board basis. Host families can come in many different guises, be it a ‘traditional’ family with parents and children all living at home, or an older couple or single people. Our colleagues in Trinidad know the host families that they work with really well and visit them regularly to make sure that they continue to offer suitable accommodation for students.
When you arrive in Trinidad, you will need to make your way to the meeting point (the address of which we will send to you in advance of your arrival), where the local coordinator will meet you and will take you directly to your accommodation. Please note that accommodation details are not given out in advance.
Every Thursday you will meet with the local coordinator and the other students to decide what you would like to do at the weekend. You will also be welcome to meet with them most evenings before going out in the city. You will decide as a group what activities you want to do and your local coordinator will assist you with making the arrangements. Please note that there may be additional charges to cover costs and there will normally be a minimum number of participants required in order to run the activity. Some examples of typical activities arranged in Trinidad include beach trips, boat trips and visits to local areas of interest.
Most students fly into Havana and then take a bus to Trinidad. The bus journey takes around 5 hours and costs approximately 35 CUC. There are also some domestic flights from Havana to Trinidad. A transfer can be arranged from Trinidad Airport or bus terminal for an additional charge (please contact us for details).