|Income||$20/month average with Cuban government provisions for basic food commodities, healthcare, education, housing and utilities are subsidized.|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 60%, Non-Religious/Atheist/Other 25%, Santeria 10%, Protestant 5%|
|Ethnic Groups||White 64.1%, Mestizo 26.6%, Black 9.3%|
|Motto||"Patria o Muerte, Vencemos!" ("Homeland or Death, We Shall Overcome!")|
|Independence||from Spain: 1898 and from USA: 1902|
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|Sleeping Accommodations:||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Homemade Cuban and American Meals and Restaurants|
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Prior to the trip, you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, group t-shirts, promotional materials, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in Cuba, you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from sites, three meals a day, purified drinking water, sleeping accommodations, an opportunity to attend local church services, share with the local church, prayer, and debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing activity.
Airfare, visa, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, gifts, and personal insurance.
Spanish is the predominant language spoken throughout the country.
Yes. Praying Pelican Missions holds safety as a top priority. PPM staff are trained and equipped to provide a safe and incident-free mission experience. PPM staff will be with your team for the entire trip and will have access to transportation, cell phones, hospitals, and first aid kits at all times.
Cuba has its share of creatures; however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is very slim. In the unlikely event that one of these creatures is encountered our staff is well prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
PPM staff will be waiting at the airport upon your arrival. They will greet you upon exiting the airport and will handle all in-country transportation.
All transportation within Cuba is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by PPM. Most often teams will travel via school bus, church van or something similar.
Your team should plan to arrive at and leave from the Havana (HAV) or the Varadero (VRA) airport
All food and drink provided by PPM during your trip is safe for consumption. Unlimited purified water is provided for drinking and for cooking. All food that is not provided by staff should be avoided unless approved by staff.
Yes. Your team will have the opportunity to see the beauty of Cuba on your final day of your trip. During that time, you will have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs from the local vendors.
The majority of your meals will be prepared by trained local cooks in the community. The menu will be common Caribbean cuisine including things such as rice and beans, a meat such as chicken, and vegetables/fruits.
No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Cuba
The Republic of Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean Sea and it is the largest nation in all of the Caribbean. Havana is the capital and most populous city with over two million of Cuba's eleven million people. Spanish colonial architecture remains prevalent. Cuba is known for its unique history, white-sand beaches, rolling mountains, vivacious music and dance.
The tropical climate is similar to other Caribbean nations. There are large cities, agricultural fields, rolling hills, mountains, and delightful coasts. The average low temperatures are as low as 65 degrees in winter months and high temperatures can average 90 degrees in the summer.
Spanish is the language of the Cuban people.
Cuba is well policed and crime is incredibly rare. Pornography is illegal. Foreigners who take proper safety precautions further reduce the risk of being involved in any crime. PPM has safety as a top priority. Your PPM trip leader will be with you the whole time you are in Cuba and is prepared to handle any concerns that arise.
Cuba is a developing, socialist/communist nation with centralized control of the market. It's planned economy is run by the state and jobs are issued through the government. Subsidized food rations are distributed regularly although they are not sufficient to sustain the people by themselves. Cuba exports sugar, tobacco, coffee and skilled labor-particularly medical personnel.
Cuban citizens have access to free education and health care. Cubans are very educated and their literacy rate is one of the best in the world. Approximately ten percent of the central budget is spent on education.
There are two forms of currency in Cuba. Cuban Pesos (CUP) are used by Cuban nationals. Foreigners can convert their currency into Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) known as "convertibles" for short. The ratio from CUC to US dollars is one to one, however, there is an exchange rate and fee imposed that will usually make the rate received to be .87 CUC to 1 US dollar.
The pressed, grilled Cuban sandwich is a classic lunch item, but even more commonly seen at a Cuban family table is rice and beans. Cubans cook rice and beans together or separately, but they are enjoyed daily by most Cubans. Pork, chicken, fish, salad, plantains, and fresh fruit are some delightful additions to the menu.
Cuban music and dance display an exciting fusion between Latino and African elements. Cuba is world renowned for their creativity and innovation with the rhumba, salsa, soukous, flamenco and Afro-Cuban jazz.
Baseball is by far the most popular sport. Other sports commonly enjoyed are soccer, volleyball, basketball and cricket.
Culturally, Cuba is considered part of Latin America and the Caribbean. Cuban people and culture come from diverse origins, including the aboriginal Taino and Ciboney peoples, the long period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves, and a close relationship with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
The relationship between the United States and Cuba has a history of political strife. The independence offered to Cuba in 1902 was not without intervention and challenges. This continued until the US-backed Cuban President Fulgencio Batista was eventually overthrown in the Cuban Revolution that lasted from 1953-1959. Fidel Castro founded the Communist party and led Cuba as their president after their nationalist and socialist revolution took hold. His younger brother Raul Castro is now leading the nation's government. Since 1965, the country has been governed by the Communist Party of Cuba and the role of the Communist Party is enshrined in the Constitution.
Cuban and US diplomatic relations are improving and their embassies were reopened in 2015.
Even though Roman Catholicism looks to be the most popular religion in Cuba, a very small percentage of Catholics in Cuba attend mass regularly. Catholicism was believed to be the religion of the elite with colonialism and therefore became the nominal majority.
Santeria is a religion that grew out of the slave trade in the Caribbean. As African slaves were brought over from Yoruba, they held on to their beliefs. However under Spanish colonialism, slaves were forced to recognize the Roman Catholic faith. Over time this religion was formed, combining African and Catholic traditions and elements which made it possible for the slaves to retain their traditional beliefs while appearing to practice Catholicism.
Atheism has been rewarded by the government at times since the Revolution. Religious persons were prevented from joining the Communist Party and Cuba had been declared a secular state. In the early 1990s restrictions on religious practices were loosened and it became illegal to discriminate on anyone based on their religious beliefs. Approximately five percent of Cubans are believed to be Protestant Christians.