Learn More About Joining a Mission Trip
While the ability to speak Spanish is helpful, it is not a requirement to join a mission trip to Cuba. The team will have ample access to translators to engage those we meet.
We will wake up in the morning and go to bed at night – everything in between is constantly changing. If you value arriving at a predetermined time for every activity, you may struggle on a trip. If you value the activity, you will find the routine easy. Moving around Cuba is difficult because the slightest problem may cause tremendous delays. We need to be flexible and expect problems and shifts to our schedules. This is normal for our hosts and those we visit. Leaving early is frowned upon, but arriving late is rarely noticed. A good reminder is that Americans have watches; Cubans have time.
Overall, your clothing should be lightweight and modest. You will need comfortable shoes for walking and should consider some type of hat for protection from the sun. Shorts, t-shirts, or cropped pants are appropriate. For church services, men should wear a casual collared shirt and long pants. For women, a dress or crop pants would be appropriate. If the trip includes a visit to a beach, a bathing suit is a good idea. You do not need to bring much clothing as the places we stay will happily wash clothes for a few dollars.
The food in Cuba is very fresh and generally safe to eat. Typical meals include rice, beans, eggs, fruit, vegetables, fish, chicken, and/or pork. All the food is cooked well-done and generally safe to eat. Using hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial wet wipes before eating is a good routine to help prevent illness.
A typical mission trip will cost between $2,500 and $3,000. The budget for each trip is unique, but this range reflects past trips. Payments are made to Atulado Ministries and are tax-deductible as a charitable donation. You can also raise financial support for your trip. Atulado will provide sample support letters you can use to personalize your message. Full payment for the trip must be made two weeks before the departure date.