Want to visit Cuba? Contrary to popular opinion, as a U.S. citizen is not illegal to travel to Cuba. It’s illegal to spend money in Cuba, but not to go there. This is kind of the “six of one, half a dozen of another” argument, since how would you go somewhere without spending money to travel, sleep or eat? So for an American, it’s basically illegal to travel to Cuba.
There are Americans who travel “illegally” so to speak, by going through other countries, especially Mexico, and just don’t mention they visited Cuba when asked where they recently traveled to by U.S. agents. That’s not a route I’m looking to go, and especially not one I’d write about.
In more recent years, the U.S. has promoted “Person-to-Person” exchanges. This is meant for Americans to be able to travel to Cuba in order to build relationships and see how the average everyday Cuban lives. This requires going through a specially designated company that has official authorization by the U.S. government. Sometimes this is done in purely secular means, to facilitate the relationships and meet people in Cuba. In other circumstances, there are mission groups that have approval to send people to conduct religious outreach and help build/rebuild areas.
It’s the latter that I’m currently looking at. I’m looking at going to Cuba sometime in February or March of 2015. It will be through a Christian mission organization which is a much less luxurious trip so to speak, but also much less expensive. I haven’t definitely decided or been accepted for on an organization, but one I’m looking at is “Experience Mission” They currently do accept people who don’t have full groups, but want to join larger groups, however their minimum number for those looking is two people. And since I am just one person, that’s where you come in.
There are many companies and tour groups that are legally able to take Americans on trips to Cuba, though the price is substantially higher. Are you a Christian interested in mission work? Want to likewise escape the winter cold plus have a fantastic story to tell? I’m estimating that the trip in total, including airfare there and back, will run you no more than $1,000 for the week. If you’re a Christian who is interested in mission work then I’m looking for someone to join up with me. Plus holy cow, you get to visit Cuba. Who knows when the U.S. will lift the rules on visiting there. You might just be the only person of all your friends and family to visit Cuba.
Please reach out and contact me if you’re interested in this and I’ll talk with you more.