The collapse of the Soviet Union and the tightening of the U.S. embargo in the 1990’s left Cubans with limited access to agricultural and pharmaceutical imports. Without the petroleum that their economy and infrastructure had relied on, Cubans were forced to re-imagine their way of life. Today, 80 percent of produce that Cubans eat comes from local agriculture. In 2006, the World Wildlife Fund declared that Cuba is the only country in the world that qualifies as developing sustainably. The difficulty of obtaining medicine has encouraged the widespread use of complementary and alternative medicines, which are integrated into the medical curriculum in Cuba. Like healthcare, education is public and free for all citizens, and literacy is at 99.8%. At the core of Cuba’s remarkable development is an emphasis on community. Join us as we explore the possibilities of building sustainable communities!
On this delegation, you will:
- Research Cuban national priorities including universal education, healthcare, and sustainable agriculture.
- Investigate the effects of the embargo on Cuban life.
- Learn about the rise of organic farming in Cuba since the fall of the Soviet Union and see how it has improved the lives of millions of Cuban citizens.
- Visit local communities, labor collectives, and cooperatives that demonstrate how ordinary Cubans are engaging in sustainable development.
- Learn about preventative healthcare practices, alternative therapies, and food security.
*All participants must adhere to a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interactions between the travelers and individuals in Cuba.
View the delegation flyer here.
Cost: $1,600 (plus airfare) Includes all preparations, meals, lodging, interpretation, transportation within Cuba, reading, and activist tools.
Apply: Send $150 deposit and completed Cuba Application to:
Witness for Peace Southeast
PO Box 12123
Raleigh, NC 27605
Or apply and pay the deposit online here and email application to email@example.com.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2014
For information about scholarships and fundraising, contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.