Catlin Gabel School Invited to Visit Cuba by the Cuban Ministry of Education

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Press Release

Mar 17, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: Langley Allbritton


Catlin Gabel School Invited to Visit Cuba by the Cuban Ministry of Education

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The Catlin Gabel School, dedicated to excellence in education, has been invited by the Cuban Ministry of Education and a consortium of host schools to visit the country of Cuba. Roberto Villa, Upper School Spanish teacher, and a group of 28 students and six adult chaperones will travel to Havana, Cuba from March 19 to April 4, where they will meet with students and Cuban officials to learn more about the country.

The group will be primarily staying in Havana, with expeditions planned to the western province of Pinar del Rio, and to the eastern province of Varadero. Consortium ambassadors will host the students on several excursions, including classroom visitations, trips to the beaches of Cuba, and tours of the Museum of the Revolution, Historic Military Park Morro Cabaña, the Río Caminar, and Viñales. The group will also spend a day shopping in Havana’s outdoor market.

In June 2001, Roberto took 17 students and five adult chaperones on the school’s first visit to Cuba. Because Cuba is a communist country with restricted access, Roberto wants the community to learn about the country and its social progress since the Revolution.

“It is important for students to see another type of society, to rid themselves of false prejudices, to learn about the history and culture of Cuba, and to practice the Spanish language with host students,” explains Roberto.

Students were selected based on their proficiency in the Spanish language and their grade level. Juniors and Seniors with a proficiency level of four or five were given first priority.

About Catlin Gabel Modern Languages Program

Catlin Gabel’s Modern Language Department focuses on developing a student’s fluency in speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension, and to impart a knowledge of and personal perspective on people of other cultures. Students are encouraged to travel and study in another country in order to deepen their understanding of the global community, as well as their own culture. Catlin Gabel School offers students the choice of French, Japanese and Spanish.

About Catlin Gabel

Catlin Gabel School is an independent, co-educational day school, dedicated to student individuality, academic excellence, multiculturalism, and life-long learning. The school’s dynamic pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade curriculum combines academics with arts, physical education and a strong sense of community service. Catlin Gabel is independently governed by a Board of Trustees and is not supported by tax or church monies. For more information, please visit