Cayos of Cuba: El Tuero Community (August 2016)

by Lindsay Morris, 8 months ago

S-Trip! Destination: Cayos of Cuba, Cayo Coco, Cuba
Summer 2016

We were so pleased to return to Cayo Coco for a second time this year! After a great first time together in March, we teamed up again with the community of El Tuero to work on more projects in their only school, Escuela Primaria Angel Gutierrez, and of course, to make more memories!

No shortage of mangoes and coconuts in this community!

No shortage of mangoes and coconuts in this community!

As always, the cultural exchange automatically put a smile on our travelers’ faces as the local kids welcomed us with traditional Cuban poetry, dances, and songs.

A local girl performs a solo with the support of her teachers and classmates.

After getting to know each other a little more and touring around their community, we did what we like to do most - PLAY GAMES! Even though language was a barrier, our S-Trip! Travelers quickly learned that having fun is universal.

Smiles and laughs shared over fun games and a very serious match of tug o' war!

Smiles and laughs shared over fun games and a very serious match of tug o' war!

During our March program, we changed the windows and doors of the school, and fixed up the garden. This time around, we took on several more projects, such as building a water well, installing a fence around the school, and painting the front of the building in a beautiful shade of blue!

There was a job for everyone with so many projects on the go!

There was a job for everyone with so many projects on the go!

This school still has many more projects in mind, and we are hopeful that with the support of our S-Trip! travelers, the community will be able to make it all happen! Check out the before and after shots below for an example of how much of a difference we can make in just a few short days.

Escuela Primaria Angel Gutierrez certainly stands out in the community now! What a happy place to live and learn.

Escuela Primaria Angel Gutierrez certainly stands out in the community now! What a happy place to live and learn.

Read our blog from our volunteer efforts in La Rosa on The Cayos of Cuba.

Written by Maria Monica Henao, the on-site Volunteer Coordinator for Cayo Coco.

Filed under: Blog, Volunteer Reports    Tagged with: · · · · ·

Let’s Get Started

Have a Trip Code ready? Want to organize your own school trip?

Enter your trip code

The trip code "" is not valid. Please try again.

Last Viewed Trip

Trip Code:

Travel Period:

Status:

View trip »


My Profile

Login to view and manage your trips. Forgot your password? Let's figure it out »

Enter Your Trip Code

Please contact your Organizer if you don't know your Trip Code.

The Trip Code "" is not valid. Please try again.

Last Viewed Trip

Trip Code:

Travel Period:

Status:

View trip »

Organize a Trip

Start planning the #TripofaLifetime for your school now!

Get Started