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Mass Media & Society in Cuba

WHO: Christopher Boulton, Ph.D. Dept. of Communication and students from the University of Tampa.

WHAT: Went on a comparative study tour in Cuba and explored mass media in a communist country and media’s influence on society.

BIG MOMENT: “Our amazing outdoor lunch at El Paraíso Organic Farm. The setting was breathtaking and the variety of courses just kept coming. The staff was very friendly, we all sat together… with a view of the Viñales valley. We sipped on our ‘de-stress’ drinks, got to know our bus driver, and savored this unexpected taste of paradise that revealed the unique wonder of the Cuban countryside.”

BIG TAKE AWAY: “Cubans have a complex relationship with their country - an ambivalent patriotism, if you will. Raiko Valdes (CIEE's Study Abroad Coordinator in Havana) was particularly instructive in this regard. He was with us the whole time, helping to translate both language and culture. And as someone who loved his home and would never choose to leave it, Raiko was also consistently candid about the things he found frustrating, embarrassing, and even downright bizarre. Moreover, Raiko was the model of an inquiring mind and encouraged my students to do likewise in critiquing their own cultures and social systems.”

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What People are Saying

  • “Excellent academic program; excellent administrative and on-site support. This is my 4th study abroad, but my 1st with CIEE, the superior quality of this trip from an academic, logistical, and support standpoint, was outstanding.” 

    Flagler College faculty, Havana
  • “This was an incredible experience.  You are completely immersed in everything: the culture, the industry, marketing, teamwork.  It's just something the classroom on its own can't deliver.” 

    Portland State University student, Brussels
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    Linfield College faculty, Paris