Be the Change. Be a Global Volunteer in Cuba.
Meaningful Community Service.
Based upon your skills and interests, you’re assigned to one or more service projects – including practicing conversational English with youth and adults, working in community gardens, supporting and assisting seniors, creating crafts with a local women’s cooperative, and helping with light construction and/or painting. Everyone is needed; everyone can be meaningfully engaged. Flights into Havana are available from many U.S. airports for direct access to our on-going Havana Service Program.
American Airlines operates two daily flights to Santa Clara, giving direct access to our partner community of Ciego de Ávila as well.
Get Started in Cuba
Havana and Ciego de Ávila
Local time in Cuba:
Required Mobility Level:
Genuine development projects to help children thrive. Service-learning programs for families, groups, and individuals.
“I felt renewed and grounded by the sewing group. As I sat with the women, I was struck by the memory of sitting with my mom and my grandmother in a similar situation as a 4-year-old. Feeling a kinship with all women in the broadest and most minute sense. The safest moments in my life. Thank you for the huge role you played in aligning the planets so that I may have it again.” – Cuba Volunteer Pat Graham
Global Volunteers service programs fulfill the requirements of legal travel to Cuba under US law by general license. Read regulations here. Our programs enable you to:
- Devote a full-time schedule (40 hours per week) of meaningful service alongside Cubans.
- Support the Cuban people through activities to strengthen civil society in Cuba.
- Are lodged in casas particulares (privately-owned homes that rent out rooms) and eat in privately-owned restaurants (paladares).
- Shop at privately-owned stores and visit private theaters, art museums, nonprofit foundations (during free time).
- Keep a full and accurate record of your daily activities.
US law prohibits engagement in “tourist” pursuits such as beach activities, shopping at a government-owned cigar shop, or lengthy visits to similar attractions.
Free time: During non-work hours, you are free to participate in authorized activities at your own expense.
Volunteer in Cuba: Overview by Community
|Havana||Ciego de Ávila|
|Lodging||B&B-style lodging||B&B-style lodging|
|Senior meal preparation||N/A||Yes|