Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spaniards. By the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centers for ship-building. Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old centre retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.
Many of Old Havana's finest buildings have been converted into museums, and there are churches, palaces, castles, revolutionary monuments and markets to visit; however, the renovations are only slowly extending to residential areas.
Estudio Sampere Havana is located in 3-story building in a nice residential neighborhood called La Vibora. The school has six classrooms, a spacious patio, terrace, dining room, library, video room and common areas. The building also hosts an in-house residence with 3 rooms. It has a friendly atmosphere, and the director and staff are Cubans who make up a professional and committed team.
The school offers students invaluable assistance by advising them on the various possibilities for travel in Cuba and the Caribbean. All the teachers are university graduates and are certified in the Estudio Sampere teaching methodology.
Residential neigborhood La Vibora, 15 minutes away from Habana Vieja
Internet access available upon request
Small garden, common room, library, cafeteria and video room
Visits to La Habana museums, Cuban tobacco and rum factories
Outdoors sports at the beach, Terrazas Pinar del Rio, Varadero
Music, dance festival and salsa lessons
Calle Vista Alegre, 264 (Luz Caballero/Juan Bravo Zayas), Havana, Cuba
"My general impression of the experience is very good. I was very satisfied with the residence where I stayed, the classrooms, teachers and I recommend La Habana to anyone who has a passion for travel."
"First of all we'd like to say that we had a great time and we really liked Havana, the school, the excursions and especially the food at the school."