Join the 50th Brigade:
Cuba is the only country on earth that US citizens can’t travel to freely. In the 50 year tradition of the Venceremos Brigade, this July (2019), we will travel to Cuba to practice solidarity with the Cuban People and their struggles, many of which are due U.S. policy. We do this through voluntary labor, donations of material aid, relationships building and dialogue between our peoples. We have much to learn from each other about building a more just and equitable world. During the 50th brigade, more Americans than ever will have the opportunity to travel to Cuba within these values.
APPLY NOW to Participate in the 50th Anniversary Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade!
We invite you to join the brigade in ethical travel to Cuba this summer, as part of an intentional community of revolutionary practice, to celebrate a half-century of international solidarity and struggle, to see Cuba with your own eyes, to transform your perspective and our movement work!
IMPORTANT UPDATES ON VB50:
All trip options for the VB 50th Anniversary Contingent will now travel direct between the U.S. and Cuba!
What does this mean?
1. The Travel Challenge is evolving as developments in the political climate create new conditions for Cuba Solidarity work. Now more than ever, it is a priority that the VB brings the largest and most accessible brigade in recent history. With continued and expanding attacks on progressive movements and governments across Latin America (and worldwide), and in the context of mounting threats, fear-mongering, and hostility in the U.S. government’s stance toward Cuba specifically, political and ethical travel to Cuba has become, in and of itself, a challenge. At this critical moment, the VB and our Cuban partners have decided that our political objective – of building the strongest possible contingent to engage in a project that is about the survival of the Cuban Revolution – is best served with new tactics. And therefore, this year the brigade will be taking advantage of the General License for People-to-People Educational Exchange.
2. The VB’s program in Cuba, of solidarity work, educational exchanges, and political activities, is not changing. We will still have 4 trip options (see below), but they will all travel directly between the US and Cuba. Please note that now all trip options are open to all applicants, and the 5-day trip includes an option for hotel accommodation, reserved for people who identify as seniors or elders, people with disabilities, and their care providers; all others traveling on the 5-day trip will stay with the larger group at the International Camp.
3. Due to these changes, the application deadline has been extended to April 10th, with application fee ($100) and deposit ($500) due no later than May 1st. The final payment for accepted brigadistas is due no later than June 1st. Partial financial assistance is available and is applied to the final payment.
We are more than half way to our goal of 300 people for the 50th and expect to sell out. We encourage folks to APPLY now to secure your spot. If you have questions about these changes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPTION 1A: roughly 5 days (Havana area only, July 28 – August 1 approx.) – cost TBD *accommodations at camp; full VB program centered around 50th-anniversary celebration on July 30
OPTION 1B: roughly 5 days (Havana area only, July 28 – August 1 approx.) – cost TBD *accommodations at hotel for people with disabilities and elders and their caregivers; adjusted program centered around 50th-anniversary celebration on July 30
OPTION 2: roughly 10 days (Havana area only, July 21 – August 1 approx.) – $1800
OPTION 3: roughly 2 weeks (Havana area and Camaguey, July 21 – August 6 approx.) $2000
OPTION 4: roughly 3 weeks (Havana area, Camaguey, Santiago, and Guantanamo, July 21 – August 13 approx.) – $2200