Our volunteering begins with a group ‘orientation’ walk around Habana Vieja & Centro, during which we stop and visit our projects; to discuss the issues and bring everyone comfortably up to speed and feeling welcome. Work begins the next day, and depending where our need is greatest will include a combination of the following projects:
The sports complejo has been the main sports facility for all the schools in Habana Vieja for generations. It is a very established facility but lacks basic facilities. Sports run at this location include; baseball, volleyball, athletics, wrestling, basketball and judo in the near future. We support sports in Cuba whenever possible, the benefits sports bring to society are well known to Cubans and we follow their lead. Our work as volunteers includes, renovation and maintenance of facilities, donating equipment, assisting in sports training and hosting sports events and matches.
Suspiro Community center
Suspiro is an energetic and forward thinking community center, which serves both children and adults in the local community. The majority of the services are allocated to kids between 5-18, acting as a center for extra curricular education, supporting nearby schools and providing other supports to those students in need.
Activities the center runs for the kids include further school education as well as social care and social education. Qualified social workers support qualified teachers and local volunteers at the center, in an effort to give all the children the required attention.
Our volunteers have an important role at the center, assisting local staff and teachers in their social work and furthering school educational activities - adding fresh energy to the environment. Our volunteers also upgrade the facilities to help improve the functioning and aesthetics of the centre.
La Moneda Cubana
This is a government organisation dedicated to helping youths get into work, focusing on those individuals who have left their studies early, having made an attempt to find work on the streets. This program helps those youths to reintegrate into established working life, gaining qualifications, training and experience along the way. Education at the center includes culinary skills, services to the tourist industry and social skills.
Our volunteers assist with facilities upgrades as well as bringing donations and hosting social interactions with the centers student clients in order to help energise the center and improve outcomes.
Paseo Del Prado
Weekends are generally free but we also include activities to help you enjoy your surroundings. On Saturdays, weather permitting, we take a trip to the beaches that lie 30 mins by ‘collectivo’ taxi or bus, immediately east of the city, known as Playas del Este. Sunday afternoon from 12:00-15:00, we take a short walk to the famous Paseo del Prado, where a collective of local artists give free ‘arts and crafts’ lessons to local kids. We bring supplies to donate as well as helping out, depending what’s going on. It’s all very casual and a great way to enjoy and learn about the diversity of local art, as well as mingling with the locals and helping out the kids.