This is my first ISP and so far and my knowledge of Cuba has grown. I used to think that Cuba was a run down,rat infested, and third world country. Now I know that Cuba is a beautiful country that is trying to thrive even though the USA embargo is holding a tight grip on them and trying to put obstacles in front of them to make their government collapse. Today I learned that most people practice permaculture which is when someone is in harmony with nature and protects their environment. I used to think that all the Cubans riding horses could not afford car but after learning about permaculture, I learned that some Cubans ride horses not because they canโ€™t afford cars but because they do not want to use fossil fuel and pollute the air. This really changed my view on Cuba and the Cuban people and Iโ€™m glad I made the decision to do ISP because there is no other group of people I would choose to make such memorable experience with.

-Jason Morales