What exactly is a People-to-People license? Well, as many of you already know, in order to travel to Cuba from the US an individual must have a license to go. Licenses are either general or specific. People to people licenses fall under the specific category. This means that certain parameters need to be met in order to qualify. For instance, a people to people program may include 3-4 activities a day which yield meaningful interaction between the visitors and the Cuban people. So in the morning a person or group traveling under a people to people license may go to a local school to learn about the education system in Cuba and have an interaction with the children and the teachers. In other words both parties need to benefit from that visit, not just the traveler. These types of licenses are sometimes granted to organizations rather than individuals.
Individuals may travel to Cuba under the auspices of an organization granted a specific license to engage in educational exchanges in Cuba, without the individuals having to apply for a specific license on their own. These educational exchanges need not involve academic study but they do have to be educational in spirit.