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RGNN Academy. Educational Travel Programs.

Intensive Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminars with Cultural Immersion Program in CUBA. Spots limited to 15 students.


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Limited spots available. Open to all nationalities.

ROOSTERGNN Global News Network (RGNN.org) and ROOSTERGNN Academy, two non-profit journalism education organizations based in Madrid, Spain, ARE OFFERING,

The Intensive Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminar with Cultural Immersion Program, based in two of Cuba’s most emblematic cities, both of them declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Havana and the colonial city of Trinidad.

During the Internship Seminar, students participate in an intensive journalism program coordinated by Experts and Mentors, and which includes Editorial Meetings, Travel Journalism Workshops, Photography Workshops, Mentoring Sessions and Feedback Sessions, and produce the publication of a travel magazine about Cuba, published in digital format in the news agency.

Cultural Immersion and people-to-people contact is the differentiating aspect of this Travel Journalism and Photography Internship Seminar in Cuba. To discover the local culture, the schedule of events includes a series of Site Visits to Local Projects, Tours of both urban and rural UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as Guided Excursions. The Cultural Immersion is complemented with accommodation in “boutique” style, colonial houses with Cuban host families.

The program includes 24-hour bilingual (English & Spanish) local support. All of the Experts and Mentors are bilingual. To participate in the Seminars, it is required that students have knowledge of at least ONE of these languages. Students can choose to write their articles in English, Spanish or both (English-Spanish). The selection process is rigorous and includes an interview for all candidates of interest.

The Internship Seminar offers students the possibility to graduate with a Portfolio of Published Content, published in the news agency, a Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Certification, a Certification of Academic Credit, as well as a Letter of Recommendation of Merit, if applicable.



TUITION FEE. It is recommended that students enroll as early as possible in order to process visas and book flights to the island.


The Intensive Seminar includes:

  1. WELCOME PACKET. Before the start of the Seminar, all students will receive a Welcome Packet via email, which will include an updated version of the Seminar Schedule. In the meantime, students can consult the provisional Schedule here: http://rgnn.org/academy/cuba-travel-journalism-photography-internship-seminar/schedule.
  2. TRAVEL JOURNALISM AND PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM. Must be completed in order to obtain curricular benefits as detailed below.
    • Journalism Specialization. Seminar specializing in Travel Journalism and Photography.
    • Attendance at Orientation, where the academic requirements are explained.
    • Attendance at ROOSTERGNN Editorial Meetings. Required attendance at one Editorial Meeting per week.
    • Attendance at Group Mentoring Sessions, which will address the progress students have done on their articles. Required attendance at one Group Mentoring Session per week.
    • Submit articles for Feedback and Publication. Each student will prepare one article per week on the assigned topics. Each student will receive verbal Feedback on this article during the Group Feedback Sessions. All articles must be submitted by the deadline established by RGNN in order to be eligible for Feedback. At the end of the Seminar, students will have a seventy-two (72) hour time frame to submit their articles for publication in the news agency.
    • Participate in Travel Journalism and Photography Workshops with Experts and Mentors. The following Workshops are included:
      • Journalism Workshop #1: “Travel Writing 101: Potential Markets, Picking a Destination, Landing an Assignment”
      • Journalism Workshop #2. “Get Paid to Travel: Taking Your Travel Writing Career (and Income!) to the Next Level”.
      • Photography Workshop #3. “Tips, Tricks & Techniques to Achieve Better Street Photography”.
      • Photography Workshop #4. “Photojournalism Workshop: Documenting Trinidad, Cuba’s 500 Year-Old Spanish Colonial UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
    • Participate in City Tours, Site Visits and Guided Excursions. The following are included:
      • City Tour #1: Havana.
      • City Tour #2: Trinidad.
      • City Tour #3: Cienfuegos.
      • Beach or Rural Excursion: Playa Ancón or Valle de los Ingenios, depending on the weather.
    • Complete all tasks by the deadline established in the Editorial Calendar. Each student will pitch ideas for articles by the date established by RGNN. These ideas may be integrated, along with the required topics, assigned by RGNN. The content can be created in English or Spanish or bilingual (English & Spanish). Students indicate their language choice in the application form.
    • Submit Photojournalism Portfolio. Students will take photographs throughout the Seminar, of which RGNN will choose the best to publish in the news agency’s communication channels.
    • Submit a Final Seminar Evaluation. All students will be required to submit a final Evaluation before the end of the Seminar.
    • Accommodation in colonial “boutique” style houses with Cuban host families. Thirteen (13) nights: seven (7) nights in Havana and six (6) nights in Trinidad. The Seminar Tuition Fee includes housing in colonial “boutique” style houses with Cuban host families specifically selected by RGNN in Central Havana and Central Trinidad, with a Cuban family to welcome and attend to them. The accommodation is shared in double rooms (2 individual beds) and there is also one big triple room (3 individual beds) in Trinidad. The rooms, of a colonial style, are spacious and well illuminated, and all of them have their own bathroom and air conditioning. All of the houses moreover have a spacious common area, such as a salon or rooftop terrace, to study and work on the journalistic projects assigned. The entry of persons foreign to the Program (Cubans and non-Cubans) is not permitted in the houses. The sale of alcohol within the houses is also not permitted. RGNN will assign accommodation.
    • Food. The following meals are included in the Seminar Tuition:
      • Daily Breakfast. The Seminar Tuition includes daily breakfast throughout the Program. Breakfasts take place at the “boutique” style accommodations in Havana and Trinidad. The breakfasts are ample, and usually include, depending on the house, cheese, ham, bread/sandwich, butter, jam, honey, eggs or omelettes, sweets and desserts, pies, in addition to coffee, tea, milk, juice, for example.
      • Daily Lunch. The Seminar Tuition includes daily lunch throughout the Program, taking place at the “boutique” style accommodations in Havana and Trinidad. On excursion days, the lunch will include a packed lunch. Lunches typically include a starter (for example, salad or soup), main course (for example, seafood, fish, meat, or chicken, accompanied by rice, pasta beans or other vegetables) and a dessert. Vegetarian options can be provided; students can indicate dietary requirements in the pre-arrival forms. 
    • Transportation. The Seminar includes the following:
      • Transportation to all of the activities related to the Seminar.
      • Transportation Havana-Trinidad-Havana.
      • Transportation to and from José Martí International Airport in Havana. The departure and arrival of the shared transportation to the airport will be communicated to accepted students before the start of the Seminar. In the meantime, students can consult the provisional Schedule in the following link: http://rgnn.org/academy/cuba-travel-journalism-photography-internship-seminar/schedule.
    • Local bilingual support, 24 hours. The Seminar has local, bilingual (English and Spanish) support staff available 24 hours a day.
    • This Seminar includes the collaboration of the following Experts, Mentors, Guides, Local Support and Staff:
      • Benjamin Jones. RGNN Expert & Mentor. Expert in Travel Journalism. Editor-in-Chief of the bi-weekly travel magazine about Cuba, which is published in the global news agency. Havana and Trinidad.
      • Julio C. Muñoz. RGNN Expert & Mentor. Photography Expert. Trinidad.
      • Catherin Peterssen Catalan. Bilingual Local Support. Guide. Havana.
      • Yosleivy Abrahantes González. Bilingual Local Support. Guide. Trinidad.
      • Maria Teresa San Segundo Gil. RGNN Staff. International Programs Coordinator.


Students will be evaluated continually throughout the Program, and remaining enrolled in the Internship Program will be necessarily linked to the student’s compliance of a minimum set of goals within the Program as subject to the Tuition.

Completing the goals of the Program allows students to obtain the following academic or curricular documentation.

  1. Certification of Portfolio of Published Content.
  2. Journalism Internship Certification specializing in Travel Journalism and Photography.
  3. Letter of Recommendation of Merit. There are three levels of evaluation that permit obtaining a Letter of Recommendation: Sufficient, Good, Excellent. There will be no Letter of Recommendation for students who do not meet the Sufficient level. The Experts and Mentors of the Seminar will conduct the evaluation of merit. In order to be considered for a Letter of Recommendation of Merit, it is required that students submit one article per week.
  4. Certification of Academic Credit. Students who have met all requirements of the Program obtain a Certification of Academic Credit. ROOSTERGNN will certify a total of eighty (80) hours of academic credit per two-week Seminar.
  5. Processing of University Agreements (Convenios) and/or other External Academic Documentation for Academic Credit (optional and subject to approval by RGNN). Those students who wish to request the processing of university agreements (convenios) and/or other external academic documentation for academic cedit for their university must submit all such documentation via the Pre-Arrival Forms provided to accepted students. No requests for external academic documentation will be processed after this deadline.

ROOSTERGNN follows a strict evaluation process for issuing academic and/or curricular documentation. Students must have completed all requirements of the Program to obtain any type of academic and/or curricular documentation.

All processing of academic and/or curricular documentation is conducted EXCLUSIVELY via email academy@roostergnn.org. Academic and/or curricular documentation is issued via email in PDF format, within twenty-five (25) business days after the last day of the Seminar.


To apply for a spot, please fill out the following form:



Tuition Fees should be paid via bank transfer or cash deposit into a bank account that will be provided to selected candidates on the Enrollment Confirmation Form.


The following payment plans are available:

Single payment. Once a student has been accepted by ROOSTERGNN, he/she will have seventy-two (72) business hours to pay the full Tuition Fee.

Payment in three installments. As follows:

  • A deposit of five-hundred (500) Euros within seventy-two (72) business hours once the student has been accepted by ROOSTERGNN.
  • Two payments of 50% of the remaining Tuition Fee, to be made by the following deadlines depening on the program:

      • February 28, 2017. 50% of the remaining Tuition Fee.
      • March 30, 2017. Rest of the Tuition Fee.

All Tuition Fees, including the deposit, are non-refundable and non-transferable.

ROOOSTERGNN reserves the right to terminate the Enrollment of any student who does not respect the norms or mission of the Program.
Tuition Fees are non-refundable.

Important Note: The Tuition Fee stated is the exact amount in Euros to be received by the RGNN Academy. Students are responsable for inquiring with their bank about possible wire transfer fees, and if so, for covering fees incurred by their bank.


Medical insurance. Medical and travel insurance is not included in the Tuition Fee. It is highly recommended that students consult with the insurance company to obtain medical coverage during their travels to and stay in Cuba.

Visas U.S. Students.

Students from the United States require, in addition to the tourist visa from the Cuban Embassy, a license from the U.S. Department of Treasury in order to travel to Cuba for educational purposes. To obtain this license, it is required that the student obtain academic credit for the Intensive Journalism Internship Seminar from a U.S. academic institution or university. A letter on official letterhead, signed by a designated representative of the sponsoring U.S. academic institution, will be required.

More information:

Citizens of other countries should consult with the Embassy of Cuba in their respective country to obtain a visa.

Flights from the U.S. to Cuba.

Latest update:
After 55 years, commercial flights US-Cuba have begun again. More information here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/31/travel/how-to-go-to-cuba-now-jetblue.html.

There are also charter flights from Miami, Florida (MIA), Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Los Angeles (LAX), to Havana with American Airlines and Jet Blue. Please use the following links to book your flight:

American Airlines Visit Cuba.
Video from American Airlines about traveling to Cuba from the U.S..
ABC Charter. Company organizing flights from Miami, Florida (MIA), Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Los Angeles (LAX) Airports to Havana.

LEGAL FRAMEWORK. The Educational Programs, or “Internship Seminars,” are regulated by the norms of their program, in its last published version, and by the currently valid legislation in the Kingdom of Spain. ROOSTERGNN can take photographs, videos, interviews during the Educational Programs and can make use of this material in its publicities and promotions. By formalizing the Enrollment, the students authorize ROOSTERGNN for this use.

ROOSTERGNN reserves the right to modify or cancel the Educational Programs depending on the needs of the agency, the availability of experts, and possible local contingencies. In the case of a cancellation of a Program, ROOSTERGNN will refund the full payment of the Tuition Fee to the originating bank account.

ROOSTERGNN does not assume any responsibility regarding transportation before the pick-up and after the drop-off from Havana airport in the times indicated to enrolled students. For this reason, all processing and hiring of transportation, flights, visas, and travel licenses are the responsibility of each one of the participants. All transportation and/or optional activities not included in the program that participants hire in Cuba on their own terms are also the responsibility of each participant.

Note. In the event that ROOSTERGNN has provided you with a translation of the Spanish version of this document, you accept that such a translation is provided solely for your convenience, and in your relationship with ROOSTERGNN, the Spanish version of this document prevails in any case.



Updated March 1, 2017.