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Cuba

Discover a place unlike anywhere you’ve ever seen or served in this rare opportunity to explore a country that has been “closed” for decades. Immerse yourself in the vibrant history and culture of Cuba—a country seemingly preserved in time. You’ll discover the charm of Old Havana, a colorful city brimming with music, art, vintage cars, and architecture. You’ll also explore nostalgic rural communities along the coasts of beautiful beaches and spend time relaxing in the clear blue Caribbean water.

With Lifetree Adventures you’ll also experience firsthand how God is active in the lives and hearts of the joyous Cuban people as you serve alongside local Cubans in an organic farm coop/community development project, engage with disabled children and their parents by offering a day camp for people with special needs, and experience Cuba’s thriving house church movement as you worship alongside local Christians.

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Date Price Age Availability Register
Jun 24 2017 to Jul 01 2017 $2295 9-99 Open
Jul 08 2017 to Jul 15 2017 $2295 9-99 Open
Jul 15 2017 to Jul 22 2017 $2295 9-99 Open
Jul 22 2017 to Jul 29 2017 $2295 9-99 Open
Oct 21 2017 to Oct 28 2017 $2295 9-99 Open

Contact Us to create a custom trip to Cuba.

*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone, you will be paired with another individual traveler of the same gender. Call for pricing and information on single rooms or accommodations for families of 3 or more. Most meals are included, and all transportation to/from the airport and to daily activities are included. International airfare to and from Cuba is not included.

On our Cuban Lifetree Adventure, we’ve partnered with a local farmer who operates a community development initiative with an organic, environmentally conscious farm that provides food and jobs for long-term sustainability for local people in need. This farm also provides space and facilities for a day camp ministry for special needs kids as well as much-needed respite for their parents. 

You’ll be immersed in the Cuban culture and building relationships with local people one-on-one as we learn and partner alongside them in projects such as:

  • Engaging with special needs kids and young adults in art projects, music, and games
  • Pampering the mothers and grandmothers of the special needs kids with spa treatments for hands and feet—giving them the personal time and attention they rarely receive
  • Planting, harvesting, and roasting coffee from the organic farm
  • Light construction projects on the farm such as painting and, building fences or chicken coops

Day 1: Welcome to Cuba! 

Upon arrival to Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport (VRA) in Varadero, your guide will greet you and transport you to your accommodations near the beach in the popular resort area of Varadero/Matanzas. You’ll have time to relax and get acquainted with the group at our welcome dinner.

Day 2: Enjoy Varadero Beach

After breakfast, the group will attend church in the beautiful beachside area of Varadero. Lunch will be provided after the church service, followed by a group excursion to explore the local wares at a handicraft market and a relaxing beach afternoon enjoying the clear blue Caribbean waters.

Day 3: Experience life on the Cuban farm

After breakfast, the group will visit the farm community development project for a tour to learn about this sustainable organic farming operation. You’ll get a chance to roll up your sleeves and work alongside local Cubans to assist in various farm projects, such as planting coffee trees. You’ll enjoy a traditional Cuban lunch featuring an organic farm-to-table feast, and then receive an afternoon orientation and training to prepare for the camp for special needs kids.  

Days 4-5: Make a difference in the lives of special needs kids and their parents

After breakfast, your group will return to the farm and greet the incoming kids and their parents, help host camp activities such as crafts, games, and music. You’ll enjoy farm-to-table lunches together as you build relationships with these incredible young people and their parents. In the evening you will get to visit local house churches and worship alongside the friendly local Cubans.

Day 6: House visits and beach relaxing

After breakfast, your group will travel by horse-drawn carriages to visit the homes of the kids you’ve bonded with where you’ll deliver gifts of beans and rice. You’ll return to the farm for a final lunch feast, and spend an afternoon relaxing on the beautiful beach of Varadero. A special evening will cap off the day, featuring a traditional Cuban celebration dinner and live music and dancing. 

Day 7: Explore historic Havana

After breakfast, your group will depart for a guided sightseeing tour of Havana. You’ll visit the famous home of Ernest Hemingway and stroll the historic cobblestone streets of Old Havana as you take in the rich cultural history. After a harbourside lunch together at a local restaurant, you’ll have the afternoon to explore the famous Almacenes San Jose Artisans’ Market featuring hundreds of hand-crafted Cuban artists’ paintings, leather goods, jewelry, and more.                                        

Day 8: Farewell breakfast and departure home

Time to say goodbye! After your last breakfast together, you’ll be transported back to the airport in Varadero to fly back home.  

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You can book your Lifetree Adventure online under the Dates and Pricing Tab for each location. Or, please call Robin Alm, our expert Lifetree Adventure Trip Advisor at 800-747-9118

Almost everyone! Solo/single travelers, couples, families, students, seniors, and groups! Certain destinations may be more geared toward a particular traveler type, but our international trips accommodate all generations and are family-friendly. In most cases kids as young as 8 can serve along with adults. We’ve also had senior travelers age 80+! Student groups age 13-18 are welcome, but must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. Contact Robin at 800-747-9118 for more location-specific age requirements.

We believe in authentic relationships, and our Lifetree Adventure trips are designed with small group size in mind. Depending on the location, the size of the group can be as small as 6, or as large as 30. The typical size of a group is usually around 10 people, plus a highly experienced multi lingual trip leader who will be with your group for the entire trip. 

Prices include: Lodging, most meals, all activities as shown on itinerary (with the exception of optional excursion choices), planned arrival and departure airport transfers, transportation to all itinerary destinations, and an English-speaking trip leader who will accompany your group from the time of arrival through departure. Prices do not include airfare from North America.

Please see the Pricing tab for full details on what your trip includes, as certain trips require an additional fee for project materials and/or flights within the destination country.

Many of our Lifetree Adventure trips offer optional excursions that we’ve pre-arranged in order to provide an array of cultural experiences that meet the unique needs of our travelers’ desires and budgets. Some of these options will be offered within the trip itinerary, and some might be “add-on” days at the end of the trip. Please see the details of your destination location for more information.

To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $250 per person is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please [click here] for complete details of our cancellation policy.

Breakfasts, most lunches, and some dinners are covered as part of your registration. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for more details.

You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well. Most meals are provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. Other meals will be enjoyed at our favorite local restaurants.

Lifetree Adventures is designed to be a balanced combination of enjoyable cultural excursions plus meaningful volunteer service on local projects. We select hotels that are comfortable, clean, and safe—with rooms that offer much more privacy and amenities for our travelers than the typical mission trip accommodations. For most trips rooms are based on double occupancy, with private bathrooms for each room. If you are traveling solo you will likely be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender, although you can upgrade your trip with a request for single room arrangements. If you have any specific accommodation needs, contact Robin at 800-747-9118. Please inform us of any accommodation requests before or when you book your trip.

Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.

Airfare from the US to the destination country is not included in the cost. Trips requiring charter flights to or within the destination country will be reflected in the price break-out details. Please review the pricing section of the specific trips for more details.

Your safety is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we explore and serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you’re as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that is safe and reliable. Robin is glad to answer any further safety questions.

While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, most trips will accommodate a broad range of physical ability. Please contact Robin to discuss any questions about limitations, etc.

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Alaska. Tourist visas are not required for most trips, with the exception of Cuba, which we will arrange for you. For full information, please ask at time of booking.

We strongly recommend that you visit the CDC Travel Health site for the most up-to-date details on what specific vaccines are advised per your destination as well as other important information to stay healthy while you travel internationally.

Four to six weeks before you travel, make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations and schedule an appointment with your health care provider or your local health department’s travel clinic to get the recommended vaccines for the countries you plan to visit. This gives the vaccines enough time to start working and time for any vaccines that might require more than one dose.

All participants need to have sufficient personal medical insurance, but as part of the registration fee for your trip, Lifetree Adventures purchases a group travel insurance policy through ACE’s Europ Assistance USA that acts secondary to your personal insurance policy. It will cover up to $25,000 toward medical assistance as a result of accident or sickness while traveling with Lifetree Adventures, and will provide up to a $10,000 hospital admission deposit advance. For a complete list of benefits, please refer to the Travel Insurance document.

If you do not have an existing personal health insurance policy, we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase Travel Medical Insurance for your trip, since Ace's Travel Insurance does not cover medical treatment costs, only costs that ensure you get to a facility where care can be provided.

Please consider the following in your travel and insurance planning:

All of your Lifetree Adventures’ trip fees are non-refundable once you are within 60 days of the trip, unless Lifetree Adventures cancels the trip. It is highly recommended that you purchase your own trip cancellation insurance. Your personal trip cancellation insurance would cover your expenses if you needed to cancel your trip at any time due to your own emergency or a family member’s emergency or any other unforeseen circumstance. If you do not purchase your own trip cancellation insurance, please note that Lifetree Adventures will not reimburse any of your trip fees.

There are many options for trip cancellation insurance. You may want to start with the website www.insuremytrip.com to compare several different plans at once. Remember, you do have international medical insurance with Lifetree Adventures, so you do not need to purchase additional coverage there.

If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we can probably accommodate you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at ralm@lifetreeadventures.com, or call 800-747-9118 for more information.

Yes! Lifetree Adventures is just one arm of Group Mission Trips! Group Mission Trips offers a variety of international and domestic service trip options that focus more time on the service project and more rustic accommodations, as well as week-long service projects for junior high and high school students! Check out the website at groupmissiontrips.com

Price:
$2295
Age:
9-99
Trip Capacity:
20

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