Cuba is modernizing quickly. With this comes an influx of new perceptions and ideologies that greatly impact the local landscape and communities. As an organization focused on the human-environmental intersection, IOI is uniquely poised to support small communities in Cuba to grow and thrive in sustainable ways.
We offer a volunteer program, study abroad programs, day trips in Playa Larga and Las Terrazas and 10-day conservation travel trip to Guanahacabibes National Park.
As the Marine and Coastal Habitat Conservation Volunteer, you will contribute to an ongoing initiative to improve and monitor marine and coastal ecosystem health. The data collected will help guide the environmental planning of this protected area. This will include: fish & seagrass surveying, lionfish monitoring and capture, invasive species removal, and native plant gardening.
Study abroad is a key and central part of what we do at IOI. Our faculty-led programs are custom designed to fit every university’s needs while also emphasizing cultural exchange, service learning, and language immersion.
Travel to Guanahacabibes National Park on the island’s western tip and see one of the wildest, most biologically diverse ecosystems in the Caribbean. On the way you will visit the breathtaking Viñales valley, a UNESCO world heritage site. Meet Cuban marine scientists and local fishers, bird watch, scuba dive, and feel the energy of Havana, its music and its people.
Top Three Reasons to TRAVEL WITH IOI in Cuba
1) The time to hesitate is through! Cuba’s changing quickly. If ever there was a moment to dig your heels in, and directly affect positive change, it’s this one. Right. Now.
2) Unique culture
3) A brilliant, turquoise sea so breathtaking you’ll never look at the ocean the same way again. A time-window into Caribbean marine ecosystems like they were 100 years ago