Afro-Cuban Cultural Experience July 15, 2017

By (St.Mary's) - abroad from 06/24/2017 to 07/04/2017 with

ThisWorldMusic: Music and Dance Programs in Cuba

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned about the Afro-Cuban religion and visited the house of a Santaeria. I learned all dance forms of Cuba in a few different forms outside of our daily 2hour class with Conjunto Folklorico. I learned about the country's history in music development and how USA was involved in the Spanish-Cuban War.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Authentic, local places to experience, grand exposure to country's history including dance/religion/music history, excellent interpreter that was friendly and very knowledgeable, did not feel like an average student.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • History Education
  • Visiting the houses of artists and religious figures
  • Becoming friends with other students and locals
* What could be improved?
  • I do not know
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I can not think of anything.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.