Thank You from our Cuba Program Partner

Dear brothers and sisters, You might wonder what kind of work you come to Cuba to do. Indeed, you do not come to build schools, because we have schools and education, available for everyone. You do not come to do medical work, because we have excellent free medical service, and we don’t need evangelism because […]

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The Joys of Being a Global Volunteer in Cuba

by Frank Baudino I’m so glad I went on this Global Volunteers mission. I lucked out in many ways–one of which being on the painting team. I love painting and the time we spent in peoples’ houses was time spent to form relationships. The residents of the houses we painted were so very appreciative of […]

Seeing Cuba after 57 Years

by Tom McMahon My two weeks in Cuba reminded me of the comment Churchill made of another country: “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” That seemed to sum up the impression made on me by Cuba…the forbidden fruit of my generation, which my wandering spirit pined for over the past […]

Make Sure You Help, Not Hurt When Visiting Cuba

As President Obama declares “Change is going to happen in Cuba, ” Global Volunteers President and CEO offers advice to Americans in a widely released editorial: Cuba is a wonderful country of many contradictions. It boasts one of the world’s highest literacy rates, yet food is rationed throughout the island.  Its highly educated teachers and […]

Engage Cuba as Few Have – Volunteering and People to People Activities

Enjoy Cuban culture and get to know her people up close and personal. The following people-to-people activities are only offered in Havana. Note: There is an additional fee for these activities. One-week volunteers on Ciego de Avila programs do not visit Havana. However, volunteers who serve for 12 days in Ciego de Avila can add on […]

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Couple Volunteering in Cuba Deepens Their Commitment to Service

Volunteering abroad with a partner may lead to new directions and interpersonal connections. It can be one of the most significant experiences of your life!  Gail and Bill O’Neal are a couple volunteering in Cuba who truly enjoy service together, as recorded in their program journal: We have been fortunate to be able to travel. It has […]

Reflections on Cuba

Message of the Day – “We draw comfort from those who agree with us; growth from those who don’t.”  – Marty Nemko Thursday. It’s a word we have practiced countless times with our students over the past 8 days. It’s a day we have both anticipated and dreaded in “mas o menos” equal measure.  It […]

Cultural Weekend in Cuba

A busy weekend of people-to-people events started with an historic museum visit ending with a Conga line. We said a sad farewell to our one-week volunteers.  On to Moron, stopping at Rancho Palma for a lunch under grass roofs among the caged animals.  When we entered Moron, it was carnival so streets were packed with […]

Wrapping Up a Memorable Volunteer Week in Cuba

The evening classes continue to be attended enthusiastically by a sizeable student body.  Of particular note was a fourteen-year-old girl who received some one-on-one tutoring.  She already had a rather good grasp of English sentence structure and pronunciation, but needed work on vocabulary building – which volunteers provided. A very enjoyable conversation was had by one group […]

First Day With Our Students – Cuba Volunteering

On our first day of teaching, our team quickly spread into different rooms that varied by English proficiency,  and we all got to work! I was in the front room with Joanne and the beginners. First I must applaud Joanne for her incredible translating skills and her enthusiasm.  Every student in our group was fully […]