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Physical Activity in Cuba: A Short-Term Study Abroad Experience

Michelle Dolphin, Gianpietro Elías-Revolledo, Patricia Pagan-Lasalle, Luis Columna


A short-term study abroad course (one-week) was conducted in Cuba with 21 students and two professors during spring break 2017. We had the opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of physical activity opportunities, experience the Cuban culture (including food, physical activity, and sports), and interact with remarkable athletes in Santa Clara and Havana, Cuba. We visited historical and cultural landmarks in Havana and Santa Clara, spending the nights in Casas Particulares (accommodations in a private home). This paper provides suggested steps for implementing a successful short-term study abroad program with a focus on physical activity and culture.

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Adapted exercise/sports; adapted physical activity; Cuba; disability/disabilities; student-engaged learning; students’ perceptions; study abroad

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