Cuba Internship- CLOSED

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Travel to Cuba and experience our food security project in Sancti Spiritus. Participate and experience the cultural differences between Canada and Cuba. Deepen your studies; and increase your understanding of global issues and sustainable food production challenges for developing countries.

Sancti Spiritus, Cuba


Proposed Schedule
Dates  Spanish 
Late JanuaryFirst week of Spanish classes in SS2 weeks f/t Spanish 
Late JanuarySecond week of Spanish classes in SS
Early FebruaryBegin Internship (3 weeks)12 weeks of weekly Spanish 
MarchInternship (5 weeks)
AprilInternship (4 weeks)
Late AprilFinal Presentation and Orientation of next students 14 weeks total 

Program Fees:

Transportation Contribution: Bicycle in a Box (tax receipt issued if donated) $ 100
Contribution to Mentor Site Visit $ 200
Contribution to bring Cubans to Canada $1,400
Contribution to Host Organization (to pay for your project supplies) $300
Program Fee Total $2000

*Note: Students are required to pay CUC$200 to cover food expenses upon arrival to the residence.

Other Costs (Estimates):

Airfare (incl bicycle, suitcase) $ 1,500.00
Language classes first two weeks: 5-6 hours daily classes and walking abouts. Remainder of Internship, 1 hour class/week $  600.00
Travel medical insurance $  300.00
Sancti Spiritus Expenses 
Food, entertainment, local transportation $50/month $  150.00
Kwantlen Costs 
Tuition co-op $     650.00
Total $  5,050.00

Classes Offered:
Co-op term. Students will pay tuition for the term.


- Current KPU student in good academic standing

- Passport valid for at least 6 months after return

- 30 credits of study, in a suitable program, at least half credits at KPU and returning to KPU after internship

- Some language study in Spanish prior to departure

- 2 recommendations from referees, short listed by your Program Chair, successful interview

- Submit CV, transcript (not official), statement of Interest and application form

- Fundraising for project - 25 donations of $10 (cards)

- Predeparture session (4 at least)

- Travel with the group

- Taking project stuff

- Write, video, share your experience

Application Form:
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Reference Form: 
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Scholarship Information:
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Contact Information:
Deborah Henderson

Joseph Watson-MacKay - Richmond Campus

Alex Leach - Surrey Campus