JOIN RAINBOW WORLD FUND ON A HUMANITARIAN JOURNEY TO CUBA - May 9-19, 2018
Encounter new lands and peoples in a way that values them, deepens your spirituality, broadens your worldview and begins to heal the world.
Travel With A Purpose
- Learn about the cultural, historical, spiritual, and political realities of the developing world.
- Explore human rights issues with a people whose traditions span centuries of development.
- Experience ancient, colonial, and modern influences that have molded cultures of unique strength
- Meet with members of the LGBT community, artists,and leaders in many elders
- Learn about Cuban colonial, revolutionary history and the complex U.S.-Cuba relationship
- Visit medical clinics, art institutions
- Meet with human rights activist Mariela Castro and much more
- Participate in LGBTQ Pride celebrations in Havana
- Help deliver medical and educational supplies ... be forever changed.
The Rainbow World Fund Cuba Journey is an educational experience. We will learn from Cubans about the realities in their country by visiting projects that serve the Cuban people and engaging in social and cultural education in the context of the LGBT community. The trip includes visits to diverse communities, meeting with leaders from a variety of fields, experiencing time on one of the top ten beaches in the world, great Cuban hospitality, and opportunities to practice your Spanish. The program strives to connect participants with the realities, struggles and hopes that Cubans experience each day. We also hope to bridge connections with Americans and Cubans in order to build understanding and partnerships. This is RWF's eighth trip to Cuba.
The dates of this years trip are May 9-19, 2018. Travel to Cuba is opening up but still remains restricted. We will be traveling as a humanitarian aid group and our itinerary reflects this. We are still creating the itinerary for the trip. We will spend the first 5 nights of the trip in Havana. We will be staying in beautiful Old Havana at Plaza Veija. The location is ideal and our guest house is comfortable, clean and air conditioned. While in Havana we will visit historic and cultural sites, medical clinics, museums, human rights and humanitarian projects, and will participate in the Conga - the LGBT Pride celebration.
After we leave Havana we will travel 2.5 hours to beautiful Varadero where we will spend 5 nights. We will use this location as a base to visit many humanitarian projects and sites of cultural interest. We will be staying at a Centre for Children and the Aged (CESERCE). The retreat center is located directly across the street from Varadero Beach, one of the top ten beaches in the world…white sand and clear blue water…. pretty much a dream. The Center has a large wrap around covered porch where we will have, weather permitting, many of our meals. The Center has 4 bedrooms available to us, each with it own full bathroom and air conditioning. A second accommodation close to the Center will offer us additional accommodations if the size of our group exceeds the Center . The center has security and a great staff who will cook most of our meals during the trip. Participants need to be prepared for a group experience of communal living.
Every trip is unique. Here are a few of the many highlights from past trips:
- March in the LGBT Pride Parades in Havana and Matanzas
- Meet with Mariela Castro and human rights activists
- Meet with members of Parliament as well as political dissidents
- Visit schools, medical clinics, and the Institute of Tropical Medicine
- Spend time at the Martin Luther King Center
- Experience an amazing LGBT extravaganza at the Karl Marx Theater
- Learn about communism, socialism and Cuba's unique capitalism
- Meet members of the Cuba 5 - former US political prisoners
- Learn how the Christian, Jewish and Yoruba religions survived
- Visit ecological areas and learn about the Cuban organic movement
- Learn how Cuba has survived post USSR and under the US embargo
- Visit non touristed communities in Cardenas and San Nicholas
- Learn about socialized health care at a children's neurological center
- Spending time with members of the Cuban LGBT community
- Cruise Havana in a 1950s American Car
- Explore historic Old Havana
- Attend a concert by Bueno Vista Social Club
- Visit the Bay of Pigs
- Snorkel the reefs of Varadero
- Visit the Revolutionary Museum in Havana
- See the amazing modern art at the National Museum of Fine Arts
- Stroll the Malecón, Havana's evocative 8km-long sea drive
- Explore La Necrópolis de Cristóbal Colón Cemetery
- Experience Fusterlandia - the home and neighborhood of artist Jose Fuster
- See Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña colloquially aka "La Cabaña"
- Have Cuba Libres with friends at the elegant former DuPont home
The trip cost is $2,600 and includes a Cuba travel visa (required), all hotels and accommodations, in-country transportation by private van, all meals (except one), all tips/gratuities, translation and guide services, speakers fees, entrance fees to special events. It does not include round trip air transportation from the USA. Flights are available from several US airports to Havana. If you are interested in this trip please click this text and send us an email ASAP to set up an interview.