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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.

 
 

I.

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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Board of Advisors


Board of Advisors


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Daniel Greenberg

Daniel has over 20 years of experience in international education, concentrating on a very important component of global citizenship: sustainability awareness and education. In 1999, Daniel founded the non-profit Living Routes, which partnered with UMass-Amherst to run study abroad programs based in ecovillages around the world. Over 1,500 students were transformed by these immersive experiences. In 2012 Daniel founded Earth Deeds, which offers online tools for individuals and groups to “onset” their unavoidable CO2 emissions and support meaningful sustainability projects. Daniel has been a leading advocate for sustainability within international education and the ecovillage movement. He chaired Sustainability Task Forces for NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum for Education Abroad, is co-founder and past Board Member of Gaia Education, and currently serves as President of the Global Ecovillage Network.

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JoAnn de Armas Wallace

JoAnn deArmas Wallace is of Cuban and Andaluz descent. She served as Dean of the Center for International Education at Juniata College from 1999 to 2008 when she retired. Previously she was director of Antioch Education Abroad from 1988 to 1998. She has also served in interim study abroad positions at DePauw University and Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and was an active participant in NAFSA: Association of International Educators as a conference presenter and consultant on a broad range of subjects including program development, faculty preparation for program leadership, student orientation and safety and liability issues. JoAnn developed direct individual and group exchanges in a wide variety of areas from music to farming to language teaching.

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Kevin Locke

Kevin Locke (TokaheyaInajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world-famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. While his instructions were received from his immediate family and community, from extended family in every part of the world, Kevin has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each can draw from our individual heritages to create a vibrant, evolving global civilization embracing and celebrating our collective heritage.

Learn more about Kevin at www.kevinlocke.com.

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Lidibet Franco Gámez

Lidibet Franco Gámez graduated from the University of Oriente in 2011 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in English Language, Minor in a Foreign Language: French; Master of Arts in English Language in 2016 and awarded by the University of Cambridge with the Cambridge English Language Assessment: Teaching Knowledge Test in 2016. She has worked as professor of English Language since 2011 at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Guantánamo. She has been invited as lecturer and attended congresses and seminars related with Higher Education such as the Congresses University 2016, 2018 and Pedagogy 2019 and others.

Since 2014 she has worked as Specialist to serve North America and English-speaking countries of the Directorate of International Relations at the University of Guantánamo.

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Robert Kruger, PhD

Robert Kruger is an archaeologist with a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialization in Mesoamerican Archaeology from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1997 and 1998 he led Guilford College’s semester abroad program in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2000 he took over as Resident Director for the Xalapa, Mexico semester program for Brethren Colleges Abroad (later BCA Study Abroad, Inc.), a position that he held until 2017. During that time Kruger developed several educational experiences for the students that furthered BCA’s mission of promoting values of peace and social justice. He was also involved in other tasks for BCA, such as committee work, new program development, and the designing of BCA’s policy guidelines on experiential learning practices. He has published as well as presented at professional conferences on several aspects of this work.

Dr. Kruger remains active as an archaeologist. He is currently a professor in the Anthropology Department of the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, and he continues to publish on a variety of issues.

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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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Octavio Di Leo and Adriana De Napoli, Buenos Aires

Octavio and Adriana are dedicated to supporting students who study in Buenos Aires for the summer or for the semester. Both have ample experience working with students from the US and look forward to providing you with opportunities to learn Argentine culture, meet Argentinians and perhaps dance some Tango!

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Merve Oncu, Social Media Manager

Merve is a senior at Emmanuel College and she is majoring in Writing, Editing & Publishing and Business Management with a minor in Communication and Media studies. She is currently a part of e-boards of Muslim Student Association at Emmanuel College. She is also taking part in the NETSA (New England Turkish Student Association) as well as the school newsletter that she started up. In her free time she enjoys writing, travelling, reading, playing guitar, taking a picture, and canoeing"

Martha Pérez, Resident Director, Quito, Ecuador

Martha has worked in the field of international education for nearly 15 years, most recently with BCA Study Abroad. Born and raised in Quito she knows the city and the host university, Universidad San Francisco de Quito very well. In addition to assisting our students, she finds opportunities for them to engage in community projects.

Celia Ogna, Outreach Coordinator & Communications Officer

Celia grew up in France and moved to the US as an exchange student in 2014. After earning her bachelor’s in Travel Management she started her career in Finland to further expand her understanding of different cultures. She developed a strong passion for International Education during her time as an exchange student and is dedicated to using her experience to bring more international opportunities to students all over the world. Celia's goal is to help strengthening relationships between nations by creating diverse communities.

 
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why study abroad?


why study abroad?


growth

Studying abroad is much more than simply traveling to another country. It is a chance to learn more about yourself, the world, engage people from different cultures and perspectives and inject an international element into your résumé/CV. Studies have shown that studying abroad makes you more attractive to potential employers.


language

Believe it or not, but learning and speaking another language has health benefits! Recent studies show that speaking another language helps with memory and staves off diseases such as Alzheimer’s.


Career

Through study abroad and second-language proficiency you can become a better worker, claim some researchers. Read the latest on this research.

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Testimonials


Testimonials


Abroadia was able to provide a fantastic experience for me travelling to Cuba. Searching tirelessly for the right provider, Abroadia delivered a study abroad program that maximized my experience by putting me with wonderful locals and guiding me through practical logistics. Abroadia understands the value of study abroad and it shows with its focus on strengthening community there and leaving students with a genuine and rewarding experience that challenges our preconceptions. If a student is looking for more authenticity and value out of their abroad experience, I highly recommend Abroadia.

-Dillon W., Emmanuel College 2020, Cuba Intersession Program 2018-2019

I really enjoyed Abroadia's idea of traveling throughout the entire island. I think it allowed us to see, learn and experience different parts of Cuba.

-Eunice G., Lafayette College 2019, Cuba Intersession Program 2018-2019

I truly enjoyed my overall experience. I definitely made the most of my trip and tried to do as much as I could and enjoy it all. Buenos Aires is a large city, so it’s hard to do everything, but whatever you do it will be worth it! I am very grateful for my experience and everyone in Buenos Aires who helped me get accustomed to the culture.

-Akili J., Methodist University 2020, Argentina Summer program 2019