Winter Solidarity Brigade 2023-24
18 December 2023 - 3 January 2024
Discover the real Cuba and make a real difference with this amazing experience. Join a diverse group of UK and international volunteers at the International Centre near Havana for a unique opportunity to learn first hand about the realities of Cuban life.
Apply now for Winter Solidarity Brigade in Cuba 18 December 2023 - 3 January 2024
Now is an exciting time to be going to Cuba and the brigade gives a unique opportunity to speak to Cubans from all walks of life, see the reality of life under the ongoing US blockade, and learn about the country’s economic and social development.
Work alongside Cuban farmers, visit health, education, environment, welfare and cultural centres. With free time to explore the capital and lots of opportunities to soak up the culture, with dance classes and live music.
The brigade is based at an international centre 25 miles outside of Havana. The accommodation is basic, sharing up to 4 people per room. This brigade also includes a 4 night trip to Pinar del Rio.
Cost includes programme of talks, events and visits, accommodation, transport, food and preparation pack in advance of departure. You need to organise your own international flights but we can assist with this.
"It was a life-changing experience, a really wonderful, rich time in every sense. Humbling in the face of the blockade and its consequences – I will definitely go again, and encourage others to do so!” past brigadista
To view photos and read reports from past Brigades or for more info please visit the Brigade section of the CSC website.
Winter 2023 Solidarity Brigade will visit Pinar del Río province including the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve.
Winter 2023 brigade programme includes working in a rural area alongside local farmers, as well as visits to museums and historical sites, local communities in transformation, plus talks on the current challenges of the US blockade, the economy, democracy and international solidarity.
While in Pinar del Rio province the brigade includes a visit to the university, a teaching hospital, electronics factory and community arts project. The group will meet artists and organisations to discuss arts and culture in Pinar, as well as discuss local development with the City Historian and local students.
They will visit an agro-ecology farm, and the Ecological Research Station in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve to explore Cuba’s incredible biodiversity and how the environment is being protected, as well meeting locals involved in the national ‘Tarea Vida’ project. The group will also meet young activists in a community recovering from the effects of Hurricane Ian, and visit the prehistoric mural and a cave in Viñales valley.
The group also expect to meet representatives of mass organisations such as trade unionists at a factory, and participate in discussions on small businesses, the new Family Code and LGBTQI+ rights.
With free time to explore the capital, plus dance classes, film screenings and music. Not forgetting a National Ballet of Cuba gala show on New Year’s Day.