Join the 36th annual Southern Cross Brigade to Cuba! 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 60th 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 Southern Cross Brigade runs every year from late December (just after Christmas) to mid-late January. Exact dates for the Southern Cross Brigade 2018-2019 will be posted to this website in May 2018. If you can’t make it to Cuba over the Dec-Jan holidays, perhaps you’d like to consider joining the International May Day Brigade to Cuba, which runs from 23 April – 6 May 2018. If you are interested, you can find out more about the May Day Brigade here and see this year’s program here.

The Southern Cross Brigade costs approximately $AU1350 in total, per person. This cost is paid in two parts.

  1. There is a non-refundable* registration fee of $AU250 to be paid by 31 October to secure your place on the brigade.
  2. On arrival at the camp in Cuba you will need to pay a further 860 CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos) in cash, which equates to approximately $AU1100. 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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