About us – Caledonia Worldwide
Established in 1996, Caledonia Worldwide is an independent specialist tour operator organising enriching and unique holidays in Cuba and selected other countries. We organise and promote culturally aware travel for individuals and groups, and strongly believe that our trips provide an authentic way to be involved with local people and communities.
With over 20 years of experience in Cuba, we know the island, its people and landscapes, its culture and history. We love to share our inside knowledge and personal experiences, giving you the travel experience of a lifetime at a pace to suit you.
Our small team of dedicated bilingual staff have travelled widely in Cuba and we all love our specialist areas. Read on to find out more about our team…
Caledonia over the years…
Meet the team…
Kath Bateman founded Caledonia in 1996 and still has a very active role in the company. As a linguist and avid traveller, Caledonia brings together many strands of Kath’s personal and professional interests.
She is a Modern Languages and Tourism graduate and has worked as a tour leader, ski rep and salsa teacher, cultural events organiser, salsa club promoter and English language teacher. She is also a qualified Blue Badge Scottish tourist guide, has lived and studied in France and Austria and has travelled widely elsewhere in Europe, Latin America and particularly in Cuba.
Kath is still very much involved in the business and is as motivated by what Caledonia does as when she first set up the company in the spare room at home all those years ago.
Travel & Operations Manager
Jacqueline is a graduate in International Tourism and Languages and has travelled widely in Europe and Latin America. She studied in Germany and lived in Spain and is passionate about travelling and exploring other cultures. She worked in different areas of tourism and travel before joining Caledonia.
Jacqueline has worked with Caledonia for over 11 years now and is involved in every part of the business. She is well travelled and thrives on sharing her passion for visiting new places and getting off the beaten track.
Assistant Travel Manager
Helen is the newest addition to the Caledonia team, joining us in June 2019. She looks after our dance holiday bookings, responds to enquiries and manages our social media and blog content.
Before Caledonia, Helen worked with an urban community food growing social enterprise in Manchester and a global mobility company in London. Helen holds a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh where she wrote her dissertation on community-based ecotourism in Belize.
Whilst living and working in Spain for a year, Helen developed a love for the Spanish language and culture. She later spent four months backpacking through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile; getting to know the vibrancy and diversity of life in Latin America.
Helen is always keen to share her enthusiasm and love of travel with our clients.
Many of you will know our team in Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa already and will appreciate the friendly, professional support and personal attention provided by our local representatives.
Odalis Calzadillo, Maria Alvarez, Alex Arevalo and Oscar Gamez have all been working with our clients for many years now, and are very definitely part of the Caledonia family!