U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration September 2012 Delegation

Delegation 2012

2012 Women’s Research Delegation
“Women Advancing Economic Justice and Human Rights"
September 1-12, 2012

Dear Friend,

We are happy to write today with final details, including application information and deadlines, for our 2012 Women’s Research Delegation!  Travel to Cuba with us September 1-12 to explore the history of the Cuban revolution and its impact on the status of women and girls.  We will meet and talk with Cuban women policy makers about present day economic and social reforms occurring in Cuba in light of the global economic crisis and about the role of women and the Federation of Cuban Women in advancing the Cuban women's rights agenda. 
Cost: This will be a 12-day delegation for up to 25 women, and the cost will be $2200, which includes the following:
  • Cuban visa
  • Round trip air fare, Miami to Havana
  • Double room accommodations (single rooms are available for an additional fee of $200)
  • One to three meals per day (see itinerary for details about which meals are included, which are on your own)
  • Full program with professional guides and translators
  • Transportation in Cuba (with group)
  • Cuban health insurance as required by law
        Not included:
  • Tips for guides and drivers, and 11 meals, mostly lunches. We recommend that you bring the equivalent of $500 (in Canadian funds or Euros) to cover these expenses and other personal incidental costs.
  • Travel from your home city to Miami is not included and we ask you to wait to make your Miami travel reservations until we have confirmation of our exact Miami-Cuba flight schedule (in July).  We will get this information to you as soon as possible.
Per US government guidelines for general license travel to Cuba, our delegation will be arranged by Marazul Charters, a Travel Service Provider (TSP) licensed by the US Treasury Department.  This tour is designed for women who are “full-time professionals conducting research in their fields” and we work with Marazul to provide advice for most women to successfully apply in this category (Category 3) of the general license. Our delegation will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences.  US Women & Cuba Collaboration leaders have been leading successful women's delegations to Cuba and other nations in Latin America for over 15 years.  
The application deadline is July 15, 2012, including a required deposit of $200.  The balance of payment is due August 10, 2012.  The application form may be found here.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have with regard to the application.  Write to  2012delegation@gmail.com or info@womenandcuba.org.
Program Itinerary:
We expect the following to be our final program, but please note that program details are subject to change in order to take advantage of the best opportunities that become available to us.
Saturday 1st   Arrive in Havana and transfer to hotel.  Orientation meeting and walking tour of old Havana. Lunch and Dinner in groups on your own.
Sunday 2nd    Breakfast at the hotel.  Visit to the Revolution Museum or Jose Martí Memorial and visit to Callejón de Hammel.  Lunch on your own.  Meetings with Communications and Economics specialists at the hotel.  Dinner on your own.
Monday 3rd    Breakfast at the hotel.  Meeting with  Meeting with Desk Officer from ICAP.  Meeting with FMC representatives.  Meeting with CENESEX expert at Casa de Amistad.  Lunch at Casa de la Amistad with guests from FMC and ICAP.  Visit to Nguyen Van Troi school.  Dinner on your own.
Tuesday 4th  Breakfast at the hotel.  Check out and leave the hotel.  Meeting with CTC members.  Leave for Santa Clara in morning.  Arrive at ICAP Guest House in Santa Clara for lunch and accommodations.  Afternoon visit and exchange with women at a house for family and women orientation.  Dinner at ICAP Guest House.

Wednesday 5th  Breakfast at ICAP guest house.  Lunch on your own.  Afternoon visits to Che Memorial and Mejunje Project (LGBTQ Center).  Dinner at ICAP Guest House with Santa Clara guests.

Thursday 6th  Breakfast at ICAP guest house.  Morning visit to women's cooperative business.  Departure for Camaguey and stop on the way for lunch. Check In and dinner included at the hotel.
Friday 7th  Breakfast at the hotel and checkout to depart for Granma Province.  Lunch on your own in Bayamo.  Check into hotel in Santo Domingo or Balcon de la Sierra depending on confirmation.  Dinner included at the hotel.

Saturday 8th  EARLY breakfast at the hotel.  Take mountain transportation up to Alto del Naranjo to climb to La Comandancia la Plata.  Lunch at Santo Domingo upon afternoon return.  Free afternoon and dinner included at the hotel.
Sunday 9th   Breakfast at the hotel.  Check out and depart for Santiago de Cuba.  Lunch upon arrival on your own.  Afternoon City Tour including visit to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery and tomb of Mariana Grajales and other relevant patriots´ monuments, with expert guide.  Afternoon visit to Carnival Museum with folkloric presentation (tentative).  Dinner included at the hotel.
Monday 10th   Breakfast at the hotel.  Morning visit to Vilma Espin House.  Lunch on your own.  Afternoon visit to a factory or centre (work site).  Evening visit to a CDR.
Tuesday 11th  Breakfast at the hotel.  Flight back to Havana.  Visit to ELAM (tentative).  Lunch on your own and check in at the hotel.  Farewell dinner with 3 guests from FMC.
Wednesday 12th  Breakfast at the hotel.  Goodbyes and transfer to airport for return to Miami.

In addition to events noted, our final itinerary is likely to include some informal social/cultural events, meetings as a group to discuss the Collaboration's work with Cuban women (and your potential involvement), and meetings with other Cuban women who are friends of the Collaboration (details to be finalized).  We are looking forward to an exciting delegation and we hope you will join us!  Our delegation will foster opportunities for individual and delegation work back in the US, particularly to impact US policy toward Cuba with a goal of creating travel freedom, establishing women’s projects across borders, and developing just and peaceful relations.

In Closing

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In the spirit of friendship and solidarity,
Caridad, Cindy, Jan, Michelle, Moon, Kamilah and Victoria

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