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

International trips are available year-round through our trusted partner organizations that we've worked closely with over the years. Trips can be customized specifically to your needs. Please fill out the interest form for more information, and our partners will contact you to book your next life-changing international mission trip.

Dates
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Price $999 per person
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Overview

Group Mission Trips does not operate this trip. You will be connected with a trusted partner organization that can safely and effectively run this trip.

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

Mazatlan Missions, founded in 2016, serves to impact lives and communities through global partners, holistic projects, and short-term volunteers transformed by each unique service-leadership cultural experience. Specifically, they coordinate the efforts of short-term service with long-term local leaders to accomplish projects that impact communities.

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

In 2022 Group Mission Trips will be calling everyone to Go Serve. On each trip, we will focus on God’s call on us to serve in freedom. We will discover that Jesus is the reason we serve. We will learn that serving is a way to give praise to God. We will challenge ourselves to serve even when no one notices. We will remember that the ultimate example of service is Jesus’ humility and willingness to die for us. And we will discover that God blesses us when we serve.

Join us for next summer and answer the call – Go Serve!

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What's Included

Lodging
Most meals
On-site staff
Organized service projects
All project materials for each worksite*

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