2018 Update

Cuba has been acknowledged as the safest country for tourism in the world. Cuba received the Excellence Award as the safest country for tourism at the International Tourism Fair Fitur 2018, which took place in Madrid in January 2018.

IT'S SAFE AND LEGAL!

Yes, U.S. citizens can travel to Cuba through ROOSTERGNN Academy. We are a Spain-based organization with strong international relations, including to Cuba and the United States. As such, ROOSTERGNN Academy is permitted to offer people-to-people educational travel programs to Cuba by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s OFAC.

FAQs (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

What requirements do I need to fulfill to travel to Cuba as a U.S. citizen?

There are currently 12 categories authorized to travel to Cuba by the U.S. Department fo Treasury OFAC. You will be traveling under the “Support for the Cuban people” category. Once enrolled, ROOSTERGNN will provide you with a detailed guide (including screenshots!) of the documentation you will need to fill out – it only takes about 5-7 minutes online!

Where should I book my flights?

Our Internship Seminar includes airport pick-up and drop-off from Havana airport. Numerous commercial airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, Jetblue, etc., offer non-stop flights from the U.S. to Havana, Cuba. Book your flight online and tell us when you are arriving – we will be there to pick you up at the airport!

How do I obtain my Cuban visa?

The Cuban visa can be obtained online (we will send you a link once you are enrolled) ahead of time, or directly at the airport through your airline on the day you leave. Easy!

Do I have to be a current student at a U.S. university to participate?

No. The program is open to current students and non-students. You do not have be enrolled at a U.S. university to participate in our Internship Seminar.

Will I be safe in Cuba?

In 2018, Cuba won the Excelencias Award as the safest country for tourism at the International Tourism Fair Fitur 2018 (more here). Our Internship Seminar includes 24-hour emergency local support, which means that a staff member will be available to all students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What about communications & Wi-Fi in Cuba?

Wi-Fi is spreading fast throughout Cuba. You can stay in touch with your friends and families while you are abroad.

Year after year, we take students to Cuba, many of them are from the U.S.

Their experience on the Carribbean island is one that they never forget. Just take a look at their social media feeds!

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

“I liked the freedom to choose any article topic and the process of creating my article. RGNN Expert Benjamin Jones was open to any ideas we wanted to cover and I liked going out, doing the research, and then creating my work. This [Internship Seminar] just reinforced what I already know: you are a better person when you have seen more of the world and gotten outside of your small corner of the globe.”

— Jordan Hart, Palm Beach Atlantic University (Australia).

RGNN Academy Class of 2017, Havana and Trinidad, Cuba

“I liked the variety of activities that also served as a learning experience, such as walking around for a photography workshop tour to see more of a city with someone who knows it very well but also get good tips on taking better quality photos”

— Natalie Bauta, University of Florida (USA).

RGNN Academy Class of 2018, Havana and Trinidad, Cuba

“I liked that we were a small enough group that we were able to receive plenty of one-on-one guidance.”

— Jessalyn Jahn Castro, Midwestern State University (USA).

RGNN Academy Class of 2017, Havana and Trinidad, Cuba

I really, really appreciated a hard set of rules and guidelines and a packet of information to study. This gave [the Internship Seminar] a good sense of structure.”

— Laura Zornosa, Northwestern University (USA).

RGNN Academy Class of 2017, Havana and Trinidad, Cuba

“What I liked about the Internship Seminar was that we were able to work one-on-one with RGNN Expert Benjamin Jones in order to go over the pieces we had written and receive feedback from him individually.”

— Shana-Kay Hart, Pennsylvania State University (USA).

RGNN Academy Class of 2017, Havana and Trinidad, Cuba

“I really enjoyed getting to go out and actually gathering the information for my articles because I learned a lot by experiencing the culture myself.”

— Katie Bandish, Temple University (USA).

RGNN Academy Class of 2017, Havana and Trinidad, Cuba

“After my Internship Seminar in Cuba with ROOSTERGNN, I have a better idea of stories to look for when traveling somewhere new, and I feel more confident pitching those ideas to other publications.” 

— Gabriela Milian, Columbia University (USA).

RGNN Academy Class of 2017, Havana and Trinidad, Cuba

“Working with professionals on a day-to-day basis as I created my articles and photographs was a priceless experience for me.”

— Noah Dockery, Grand Valley State University (USA).

RGNN Academy Class of 2018, Havana and Trinidad, Cuba