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Cuba Study Abroad


Explore The Growing Possibilities

 

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Cuba Study Abroad


Explore The Growing Possibilities

 

 

DISCOVER a brand new world

Navigating Cuba takes a deep knowledge of the language, customs and people that make it all happen. Abroadia has been operating in Cuba for years and has helped many schools and businesses establish a presence during this exciting time of opening.

 
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Cuba Consultation


 

Let us introduce you to all the opportunities Cuba has to offer. Your first Mojito is on us! 

FREE CONSULTATION

Cuba Consultation


 

Let us introduce you to all the opportunities Cuba has to offer. Your first Mojito is on us! 

FREE CONSULTATION

I worked as program officer for Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA), a study abroad program provider based in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. While there I became very interested in connecting international education and peace studies. I concluded my time at BCA by taking the lead in organizing the Peace and Justice Studies Association conference there in 2007. 

 

After my time at BCA I assumed the position of Director of International Programs at Emmanuel Boston. Following my tenure there I accepted the position of Director of Study Abroad and Global Learning at Western Kentucky University. In 2013 I moved to Cuba to work as Resident Director for Spanish Studies Abroad. Throughout my career of nearly 20 years in the field of international education, I have enjoyed writing articles and delivering presentations on all aspects of this very fascinating profession.

                                           - Thomas Millington

 

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Our Philosophy


Our Philosophy


What we are about

A former Cuban ambassador to the United States speaks to Abroadia students and their professor.

A former Cuban ambassador to the United States speaks to Abroadia students and their professor.

 
 

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The philosopher Martin Buber wrote that,  “Each of us is encased in an armour which we soon, out of familiarity, no longer notice. There are only moments which penetrate it and stir the soul to sensibility.”

We believe that there is no more powerful tool than study abroad to inspire students to shed their “armour” of routine, complacency and comfort and to embrace the “I-Thou” model that Buber promoted.

“Relation is mutual,” stated Buber and this is the core of our philosophy. Both the student and the host community should benefit from the study abroad experience.

II.

The New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote an op-ed piece which perfectly approaches our attitude about study abroad. He writes, “Students have got to have a good relationship with teachers. Suzanne Dikker of New York University has shown that when classes are going well, the student brain activity synchronizes with the teacher’s brain activity. In good times and bad, good teachers and good students co-regulate each other.” This is key for us. Abroadia learns as much from its students as they do from us.

III.

The Greek philosopher Plato wrote that “Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any.” Our focus is Cuba and South America. By working only with these regions we can more effectively provide students with an authentic, immersive and relational experience with the people and cultures in these areas. We do not believe in the “Wal-Mart” approach to study abroad, where a provider operates multiple programs in several continents. Small is not necessarily bad and focus is essential to providing students with the best experience abroad we can offer.

 
 
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Our team


Our team


 
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Tom Millington, Founder and Executive Director

Tom grew up in a Bolivian-American household where he inherited a passion and love for South America. In 2002 he created a student summer program and short-term seminars for US faculty for Brethren Colleges Abroad in Pinar del Río, Cuba. It was here where he became fascinated with Cuban history and culture. He also worked as Director of International Programs at Emmanuel College, Director of Study Abroad & Global Learning at Western Kentucky University and Resident Director in Cuba for Spanish Studies Abroad. He participates in peace studies education and believes strongly that study abroad can make the world a better place.

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Maritza Collado Almeida, Cuba Programs Coordinator

Maritza graduated from the Universidad de La Habana in 2014 and taught Spanish to foreigners there from 2014 to 2015. In addition to Spanish she speaks English, Italian and is currently studying French. From the 2016 she has worked as a researcher in the Department of Critical Edition of José Martí’s Complete Works at the José Martí Center of Research. She is a translator of Italian manuscripts and author of the book La tigritudine, (Milan, 2015) and of the text “Epigrammatic Poetry or Poetic Cores in Powdered of Wings of the Butterfly, (Havana 2018). Maritza will assist with program planning and logistics and facilitate meaningful interactions between American students and Cubans.

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