JOIN RAINBOW WORLD FUND ON A HUMANITARIAN JOURNEY TO CUBA - May 10-20, 2017
Encounter new lands and peoples in a way that values them, deepens your spirituality, broadens your worldview and begins to heal the world.

The Rainbow flag at the LGBT Pride Parade in Havana (2015)

The Rainbow flag at the LGBT Pride Parade in Havana (2015)

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 LGBT Pride celebrations in Havana and Matanzas
  • Help deliver medical and educational supplies ... be forever changed.
Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban Revolution

Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban Revolution

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 fifth trip to Cuba.

Cuban flag at the "Conga" - the LGBT Pride parade in Havana (2015)

Cuban flag at the "Conga" - the LGBT Pride parade in Havana (2015)

Havana Cathedral

Havana Cathedral

RWF volunteers visiting a school in Matanzas (2013)

RWF volunteers visiting a school in Matanzas (2013)

RWF volunteers at CENESEX with Mariela Castro in Havana (2012)

RWF volunteers at CENESEX with Mariela Castro in Havana (2012)

Meeting with LGBT activists in Cardenas (2014)

Meeting with LGBT activists in Cardenas (2014)

The dates of this years trip are May 10-20, 2017. 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 flight to Havana, Cuba from Miami, Florida on a special charter flight that takes off from Miami International Airport. The trip is 11 days and 10 nights. We will spend the first 5 nights of the trip in Havana. We will be staying in beautiful Old Havana. The location is great, the hotel 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. While we are there will be a second LGBT Pride celebration taking place a short distance away in Matanzas. 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.

A mural of the late President Hugo Chavez of  Venezuela, a good friend to Cuba

A mural of the late President Hugo Chavez of  Venezuela, a good friend to Cuba

Here are a few of the trip's many highlights: 

  • 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
  • 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"
Posing in front of artist Jose Fuster's "Granma" the yacht that launched Fidel and Raul Castro, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and 79 fighters at the start of the Revolution (2015)

Posing in front of artist Jose Fuster's "Granma" the yacht that launched Fidel and Raul Castro, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and 79 fighters at the start of the Revolution (2015)

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 gratuities, translation and guide services, speakers fees, entrance fees to special events. It does not include round trip air transportation from Miami ($100 each way). If you are interested in this trip please click this text and send us an email ASAP to set up an interview.

Our front yard - where we stay in Varadero

Our front yard - where we stay in Varadero

RWF Founder Jeff Cotter in Havana

RWF Founder Jeff Cotter in Havana

Viva La Revolucion

Viva La Revolucion

Music is everywhere is Cuba

Music is everywhere is Cuba