Matanzas Cuba

Since Fidel Castro took power with his Communist regime in 1959, Cuba has been a land trapped in time. You can travel to Cuba safely and legally, and we’ve taken out the guesswork. Our team has streamlined the process for visas and the license requirements to get there and back safely.

Trips starting at $999

Our international trips are available year-round and can be customized specifically to your group’s needs. We have a trip advisor ready to speak with you, please call 1-844-258-9616, or chat with us now online to book your next life-changing international mission trip.

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Overview

Age Group
Families/Adult Groups (All Ages)
Capacity
30
Bus Accessible?
No

You can travel to Cuba safely and legally, and we’ve taken out the guesswork. Our team has streamlined the process for visas and the license requirements to get there and back safely.

On all our mission trips, we see heart-wrenching poverty and hear unbelievable stories of struggle and survival. Yet despite all the hardships faced by the people we serve, one thing always stays the same: God never forgets them, even when the rest of the world seems to. There's no country in the Western Hemisphere where that rings truer than Cuba. Since Fidel Castro’s Communist regime took power in 1959, Cuba has been trapped in time.

The cars on the streets are right out of Leave It to Beaver, and the government controls everything from food rations to media and, until recently, religious freedom. If you're like many Americans, you might even think traveling to Cuba is still illegal (it’s not if you’re going for religious purposes; we’ve been going for the past seven years). Yet God hasn’t forgotten Cuba.

Even with an alarming lack of Spanish Bibles and other Christian resources, Christianity not only survives but is flourishing despite persecution and government restrictions. And because America's travel restrictions have loosened, a unique window has opened for traveling to Cuba, experiencing its beautiful and mysterious culture, and bringing desperately needed Christian resources to churches that have been praying for help for years.

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Lodging

Lodging options typically depend on the size of the team.

  • For small teams (fewer than 10 people), groups may stay at a farm in small dorms with very simple lodging and bunk beds.
  • Larger teams may stay at a guest house in Matanzas with 5-6 rooms, all with bunk beds. Some of the rooms have private bathrooms.
  • Groups could also stay in a small hotel operated by a Presbyterian Church. Typically, there are 3-5 people in each hotel room.

How You’ll Serve

You'll serve in Jovellanos and Varadero. Here are examples of some things you might do:

  • Meet and interact with local Cuban pastors, hearing their stories
  • Do a simple work project for our ministry partner (painting a building or a church, or working on a ministry farm, for example)
  • Engage in humanitarian outreach by purchasing rice and beans, assembling packages, and distributing them to families in need (most have children with special needs); you might also serve meals to the elderly
  • Interact with Cuban kids with disabilities, playing games and helping with crafts
  • Attend a Cuban house church service, share your faith story with them (optional)

Our Partners

Our partners in Cuba are focused on helping the Christian church thrive because they see it as a source for hope and change. They’re committed to supporting pastors and are connected to many different churches of many denominations. Our efforts support their efforts to continue spreading faith in Jesus to every corner of the island. These partners are blessed when Americans come to Cuba not for tourism but to share, relate, and love. The blessing will be mutual, as you’ll walk away with new perspective and a new hope.

Schedule

Sample Itinerary

Saturday – After meeting your trip leader at the ticket counter in Miami, fly to José Martí International, Havana Airport (HAV); lunch in Havana and tour of Old Havana
Sunday – Attend a local Cuban church after breakfast; transfer to Jovellanos and have lunch at the Finca (farm); afternoon at the beach in Varadero
Monday-Friday– Tour local churches, serve on various work projects, and see various ministry sites; evening devotions and God Sightings 
Saturday – Depart for Varadero (VRA) International Airport; fly home

Need to Know

  • A passport and Cuban visa are required. The cost of the visa is not included in your trip fees, but we will guide you on how to purchase one.
  • Be up to date on all standard vaccines, such as Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
  • You will be traveling on a tourist visa while in Cuba, but for U.S. Immigration, you are travelling under a General License with a religious organization. A letter will be provided for you to give to U.S. officials only if asked. More details about immigration will be shared with you by your trip leader in Miami.
  • Lodging will be at a simple hotel or a guest house; you can expect bunk beds in gender-specific rooms (sleeping 4-5 people each).
  • Currency is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). $1 = about 1 CUC. 
  • Electricity is the same as the U.S., and a converter or adapter is not needed to plug electronics into the wall.
  • Spanish is the primary language.
  • Bring additional money for souvenirs and free day activities.

Program

2021 Program Theme

This summer at Group Mission Trips your group will experience a fresh look at the idea of worth through the parable of the prodigal son.

Through each powerful, transformational mission trip experience, your group will see how Jesus wants each of us to know we are valuable, loved, accepted, and worth it to him.

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What's Included

Lodging
Most meals
On-site staff
Organized service projects
All project materials for each worksite*
Participant t-shirt
Devotional Journal
Personalized 'Group Page' - provides easy online access to your group's forms, promo materials, etc
Unlimited customer support from your personal Mission Trip Advisor
*Additional fees required for project expenses in Belize

FAQs

What about COVID-19 safety precautions?

Our goal is do our best to ensure the safety of participants, local partners, and members of the communities we serve. We are in contact with our partners in each community and working to make sure we provide the safest environment and follow all local guidelines when it comes time for your trip. As we get more specific details and plans, we will be sure to share them with you and your group. In the meantime, you may refer to this list of precautions we are currently evaluating: COVID-19 Precautions

Who can participate?

Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. We require 1 adult (18 years or older) for every 5 youth (17 years or younger). Contact us at 1-844-258-9616 for more location-specific age requirements. 

How do I book my international mission trip?

Contact one of our mission trip advisors at 1-844-258-9616, or chat with us online.

Is airfare from North America included in the international mission trip price?

Prices do not include airfare from North America.

What is your policy on deposits, payments, and cancellations?

To reserve space on a trip, a non-refundable $100/person deposit is due when you register. 

Payments can be made:

  • Online
  • By Phone: 1-844-258-9616
  • By Mail:
    Group Mission Trips
    1001-A E Harmony Rd
    #459
    Fort Collins, CO 80525

Cancellations: Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

Are all meals included in the cost?

Most meals are covered as part of your registration, except for free days if you're serving in Alaska or Puerto Rico. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for any exceptions.

What types of meals are served?

Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well.

How strenuous are the activities and service?

While some mission trips are more physically strenuous than others, most international trips will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Your group can work at the level of physical exertion with which they’re comfortable.

Are tips included in the cost?

Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff if you stay in a hotel during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.

Are the trips safe?

The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. Our mission trip advisors are glad to answer further safety questions.

Can you put together a custom trip for my group?

Our international trips are available year-round and can be customized specifically to your group’s needs. We have a trip advisor ready to speak with you,  please call 1-844-258-9616, or chat with us now online to book your next life-changing international mission trip.

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Payment Policy

Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.

  • When you register for a trip, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due per person to reserve your space.
  • Full payment balance is due 60 days prior to the trip departure.
  • Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.
  • For groups reserving more than 50% of a trip’s capacity, a $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required.

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