Join the 34th annual Southern Cross Brigade to Cuba from 28 December 2016 to 17 January 2017! This three week trip gives Australians and New Zealanders the chance to understand Cuba’s unique, yet often misunderstood, political history and to participate in Cuba’s rich cultural heritage. As the Cuban Revolution celebrates its 57th Anniversary this coming January, there is no better time to join the brigade and to find out what life is like in socialist Cuba!

The Southern Cross Brigade offers the opportunity to experience the cultural, political and social conditions in socialist Cuba firsthand through visits to hospitals, schools, urban agriculture projects, historical sites and more! Brigadistas (brigade participants) will also meet with a range of Cubans who work for national organisations, such as the unions and the Women’s Federation, as well as people working in government, including economists and foreign affairs experts. Participants will also experience agricultural life, spending five mornings alongside Cuban farmers doing agricultural activities such as fruit picking, pruning or planting.

The majority of the three week trip will be spent in a camp about an hour’s drive outside of Havana. This year’s program will also give participants an opportunity to spend time in Havana and to travel from Havana, on the west side of the island, to the cities of Santa Clara and Trinidad in the middle of the island. Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage city, renowned for its colonial era buildings and its 18th century sugar cane mills. The brigade will also make a brief stop in the city of Cienfuegos.

The brigade costs approximately $AU1500 in total, per person. This includes a non-refundable* registration fee of $AU300 by 31 October to secure your place on the brigade. On arrival at the camp in Cuba you will need to pay a further 823 CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos) in cash, which equates to approximately $AU1200. This cost covers all accommodation, food, travel and activities for the duration of the brigade. International flights, visas and health insurance are not included and must be arranged separately.

*Subject to usual consumer rights laws.

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