Our Service Expeditions
Central American Service Expeditions has a close relationship with a number of communities throughout Central America. Each one is different in terms of the activities offered and the service work which is done. However all of them reflect the CASE commitment to promote meaningful cultural exchange and challenging community service. A service expedition with CASE is designed to ensure that it is much more than volunteer labor in another part of the world. We strive to provide opportunities for students to learn about what life is like in the cities and villages of Central America, and to develop relationships with the people students will come to know during their travels and work. Our goal is that at the end of the service expedition students will know more about their world and themselves.
Explore Cuba with Central American Service Expeditions! Our exclusive service and intercultural trips to Cuba fully satisfy the General License requirements for People-to-People group travel to Cuba as stipulated by the US Treasury Department so you can travel to Cuba with confidence! We meet with Cuban academics and artists to learn about the Cuban economy, environmental conservation, the arts, and music. Highlights include snorkeling to examine reef health, painting and theater workshops, travel in classic American cars, salsa dance classes, and more! Come see Cuba and learn about a fascinating country which somehow combines a centrally planned socialist economy with tropical salsa rhythms! There's no place quite like it in the world.
What People Are Saying About Cuba
-"I don't want to leave. I got to see a country that is normally presented in a negative light and I love Cuba now. It showed how people can still be so great."
-"It made me feel like I have a family in Cuba."
-"I learned so much about Cuba, but was never confined by being put in the classroom."
-"This trip taught me the value of shared experiences and what it means to represent your community."
-"Really feeling like I was a part of a different culture even if it was just for 10 days."
-"Leaving is going to be so incredibly hard. I feel so at home here. I feel so close to the leaders and my peers and I'm so lucky to have had this experience."
-"Filled my soul and my spirit."
-"The human connection across cultures is powerful. To get the chance to connect with Cuba and people like Leyat and Rosemary is priceless."
-"I am changed for the good. My eyes are opened to new ideas and ways of life. I can't say I understand but the journey has begun."
This trip allows you to see first hand how different types of sustainable energy are produced in Central America. The trip is perfect for teachers who want to expand their STEM/STEAM courses or provide students the chance to learn about alternatives to fossil fuels. This innovative service expedition to the foothills of Costa Rica's grand Miravalles Volcano includes discussions with experts about geothermal, wind, solar and hydroelectric energy production, meaningful service opportunities, intercultural exchange with the local community, and recreational visits to hot springs, the beach, and canopy tour! Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and to see how the trip can be adjusted to complement topics teachers are exploring in class.
In Costa Rica you can experience the grandeur of the tropical rainforest, help conserve endangered sea turtles, swim in pristine beaches, glide on a zipline through the forest canopy, see a big Central American city up close, or visit the crater of an active volcano with a professional volcanologist. CASE runs trips to a community in the Yorkin indigenous territiories in Costa Rica's Caribbean, to a rural farming community in the mountains above the Pacific Ocean, and to turtle conservation beach camps on the Atlantic. You have the choice of staying with local families or rustic lodges run by the community.