Traveling to Cuba is surprisingly easy. After a short flight from Miami, we were met at the airport by our Cuban liaison – who reminds us of an old friend.
Most of the Cubans we meet with are very educated, and excited to speak English with us. They’re curious about our lives, and happy to share their lives with us. We learn how much we really are alike and how much they value us coming to work with them. Our whole team found the culture fascinating, and we were constantly learning new things about our neighbors who live less than 100 miles from the U.S.
As relations move forward between our countries, there will inevitably be changes in Cuba. A lot of tourists from the States will be arriving, which could be good and bad. Volunteering in Cuba with Global Volunteers on a humanitarian project is a good way to show the Cuban people we care and are willing to roll up our sleeves and work beside them to help and to promote peace between our countries.
– Judy Werner, Global Volunteers Team Leader