APA International Learning Partner Program to Cuba

APA International Learning Partner Program

The International Learning Partner Program (ILPP) is open to psychologists and graduate students of psychology who are interested in building professional collaborations with colleagues in the Caribbean.

Apply before July 15, 2018 for the early-bird discount. Applications are due Aug. 30, 2018.

The upcoming ILPP to Cuba will take place Nov. 18-28, 2018. Participants will attend the HOMINIS 2018 Conference (Nov. 19-24), meet with leaders, faculty and service members of psychology organizations and programs, visit university and clinical settings and participate in local social and cultural activities. 

A minimum of 15 continuing education credits will be offered through this program.

View the HOMINIS 2018 Conference pamphlet (PDF, 451KB).

Contact Juliana Mayhew for any questions about the ILLP program.

This is an important program for many reasons… Cuba is so very close to us geographically and we have been estranged from them for so long. It was very clear from the beginning of the trip that we share a great deal more with them than most U.S. citizens think.
—Linda Garcia-Shelton, PhD, APA member

Apply

To apply, please:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Email Juliana Mayhew with the subject "International Learning Partner Travel to Cuba – lastname" and attach the completed checklist and waiver found below.

            - Trip waiver (PDF, 132KB)
            - Checklist form (PDF, 178KB)
            - Payment form (PDF, 160KB) 

Please note, your application is considered incomplete until you have submitted the above checklist and waiver forms to Juliana Mayhew and the deposit to Common Ground Travel.


Itinerary

Program prepared in collaboration with Common Ground Education & Travel Services, a licensed travel service provider and Amistur, S.A. Havana. Download itinerary (PDF, 382KB).

2018 Activities (tentative)

Sunday, Nov. 18

6 p.m.

Meet in Miami Airport Hotel for orientation (6:30-7:45) and group dinner (included)

Monday, Nov. 19

6:35 a.m.

Check in for flight to Cuba, assisted by Common Ground staff person. 

9:35 a.m.

Depart on flight TBD for Havana

10:45 a.m.

On arrival, meet guide and bus for drive through the highlights of Havana, including the Plaza of the Revolution and Martí Memorial, Colón Cemetery, the Malecón and the Prado

1 p.m.

Lunch included at a local restaurant

3 p.m.

Visit to the Fine Arts Museum

6 p.m.

Check in to Palco Hotel 

Evening

Group dinner in a local paladar (informal — included)

Tuesday, Nov. 20

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast at the hotel

All day 

Conference sessions
6 p.m. Group check-in (discussion circle)
Evening Dinner included at TBD

Wednesday, Nov. 21

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast at the hotel

All day  

Conference sessions

6 p.m.

Group check-in (discussion circle)

Evening

Dinner on own

Thursday, Nov. 22

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast at the hotel

All day  

Conference sessions

Late Afternoon

Closing ceremonies

Evening

Closing dinner (conference event)

Friday, Nov. 23

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast at the hotel and check out

9 a.m.

Visit the Center for Psychological and Sociological Research (CIPS)

11 a.m.

Visit to the Neuroscience Institute

1 p.m.

Lunch in local restaurant (included)

3 p.m.

Visit to the medical university, psychology department

5 p.m. 

Transfer to hotel in Old Havana (park or similar)

6 p.m.

Group check-in (discussion circle)

Evening

Group dinner in a paladar (included)

Saturday, Nov. 24

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast at the hotel

9 a.m.

Walking tour of Old Havana

11 a.m.

Visit to a local museum

1 p.m.

Lunch in a restaurant in Old Havana

6 p.m.

Group check-in (discussion circle, mandatory)

Evening

Group dinner in a paladar (included)
Enjoy local night clubs and Cuban music

Sunday, Nov. 25

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast at the hotel

9 a.m.

Visit Project Olimpo 5 in Jaimanitas, a project in the arts

11 a.m.

Visit to the Friendship Institute

Afternoon

Lunch not included

Evening

TBD

Monday, Nov. 26

7-8 a.m.

Breakfast at the hotel

9 a.m.

Visit to a neighborhood clinic

11 a.m.

Visit to a mental health clinic

1 p.m.

Lunch in local restaurant (included)

3 p.m.

Visit to a hospital with more interaction with medical personnel

6 p.m.

Group check-in (discussion circle)

Evening

Dinner on your own

Tuesday, Nov. 27

TBD

TBD

Wednesday, Nov. 28

TBD

Depart for Miami

Travel services provided by Common Ground Education & Travel Company, (413) 203-1125

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.

Costs

Costs vary based on single or double occupancy. Apply before July 15, 2018 for an early bird discount.

Early Bird (prior to July 15, 2018):

  • Double occupancy: $4925 per person
  • Single occupancy: $5175 per person

After July 15, 2018:

  • Double occupancy: $5850
  • Single occupancy: $6100
Cuba seems to be the gold standard for how to make resources stretch within a public-health model and I believe a great deal of what I learned can be applied to the community that I serve.
—Rita Billow, PhD, APA member

Past Programs

A group of psychologists traveled to Cuba for an eight-day trip to learn about Cuban psychology education and history, and the Cuban health care system, and to attend Hominis 2016, a conference organized by The Cuban Psychology Society.

More about this program: APA in Cuba: Building relations and building collaborations

Cuba 2014

A group of psychologists led once more by 2012 APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson, travelled to Cuba to learn about the Cuban health system and participated in the 7th International Congress on Health Psychology — Psychohealth 2014, organized by the Cuban Society for Health Psychology.

More about this program: Psychology in Cuba

Cuba 2013

Led by Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, participants met with Cuban colleagues to discuss major health issues and psychology's unique role in health care and health education in Cuba. The program included one "mini-conference" day with presentations and exchange with Cuban psychologists on research/application topics.

More about this program: APA sponsors second professional visit to Cuba

Cuba 2012

A group of 16 psychologists travelled to Cuba with program leader Carol Goodheart, EdD, to explore models of psychology education and training, and mental health systems in Cuba. The program report included a summary of each meeting, personal/cultural highlights of the visit, outcomes and next steps. This program was eligible for CE credit.

More about this program: APA delegation visits Cuba

APA members in Havana.

Cuba 2013

APA members in Havana.

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