Matanzas, Cuba 2018

Matanzas, 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 six 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 Register
Mar 10 2018 to Mar 17 2018 All Ages Open
Mar 17 2018 to Mar 24 2018 All Ages Open
Mar 24 2018 to Mar 31 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 23 2018 to Jun 30 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 30 2018 to Jul 07 2018 All Ages Open
Jul 14 2018 to Jul 21 2018 All Ages Open
Jul 21 2018 to Jul 28 2018 All Ages Open
Aug 04 2018 to Aug 11 2018 All Ages Open
Dec 29 2018 to Jan 05 2019 All Ages Open

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, 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 – Arrive at Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport (VRA); transport to lodging facility
Sunday – Attend a local Cuban house church in small groups; free afternoon 
Monday-Thursday– Tour local churches, serve on various work projects, and see ministry sites; evening devotions and God Sightings
Friday – Free day in Havana 
Saturday – Depart for VRA 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.
  • Fly into the Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport (VRA). Average flight cost is $400-$700. We’d be happy to purchase your plane tickets and visa for an additional fee. Please contact us if you are interested.
  • Lodging will be at 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: $100 per person

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Yes! Lifetree Adventures! We have created faith-based trips to many destinations where you stay in a comfortable hotel, serve those in need, and see the local sights and culture. They’re designed for the individual, family, or group that wants to make an impact with their vacation.

Check out our website at Lifetreeadventures.com

Call our expert International Mission Trip advisors at 800-747-2157.

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 nonrefundable $100 deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please visit our website for complete details of our cancellation policy.

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.

Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. Contact Robin at 866-595-4906 for more location-specific age requirements. You must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. If you have both males and females in your group, you must have at least one adult volunteer of each gender.

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.

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.

While some adventures 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.

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. Your 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@group.com, or call 1-800-747-2157 for more information.

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

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