Matanzas, Cuba

Cuba

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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Date Age Availability Stay Informed Register
Dec 29 2018 to Jan 05 2019 All Ages Available Keep Me Informed

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How You'll Serve

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 the hope of change. They’re committed to supporting pastors and are connected to many different churches of many denominations. Our efforts support their heart 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.

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 Crew Stories. 
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.
Price: $999 per person
Deposit: See Below
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.
Payments are due and become non-refundable 60 days prior to the trip departure.
For groups reserving more than 50% of a trip’s capacity, a $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required.
Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.
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Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. Contact Robin at 970-800-4000 for more location-specific age requirements. 

Call our expert International Mission Trip Advisor at 970-800-4000.

Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa.

To reserve space on a trip, a non-refundable $100/person deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. If you cancel your registration prior to the final payment due date, your deposit is non-refundable but any additional payments you have made up until that time are refundable. Once you have paid your final balance and are within 60 days of your trip, all money is non-refundable. If Group International Mission Trips makes the decision to cancel your trip due to inclement weather or political unrest, we will reschedule you to a different trip or refund your fees.

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Puerto Rico and Alaska. Visas are not required for most trips. For full information, please ask your mission trip planner at time of booking.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 International Mission Trip Advisor is glad to answer further safety questions.

Probably. If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we may be able to accommodate that for you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at ralm@groupmissiontrips.com, or call 1-970-800-4000 for more information.

$999*/person
*Flight not included
Age:
All Ages
Trip Capacity:
40
Shots Required:
Yes
Passport Required:
Yes

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