Join the International May Day brigade to Cuba

February 18, 2012

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples is inviting all friends of Cuba to join the sixth International Brigade of Volunteer Work and Solidarity with Cuba this May Day.

The brigade runs from April 22 to May 6 this year. It aims to provide a wider understanding of Cuban reality and carry out volunteer work to support agricultural development in Cuba.

The 15-day program includes visits to historical, economic, cultural and social places in Havana and the provinces of Artemisa and Pinar del Rio.

Activities will include meetings with relatives of the Cuban 5, Cuban doctors who have worked abroad, and representatives of the Federation of Cuban Women, the Federation of University Students, the Senior Students Pioneer Organization, the Young Communist League and the Cuban Revolution Combatants Association, among others.

The itinerary also includes a range of lectures, including on the current efforts to update Cuba’s economic model.

This brigade will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Cuba’s International Camp Julio Antonio Mella (CIJAM) in Caimito, 45 kilometres from Havana City.

The brigadistas will spend 10 nights in CIJAM and four nights in tourist facilities in Pinar del Rio. The agricultural work sessions will be carried out in areas near CIJAM.

The cost for the brigade is US$295 (about A$275), which includes accommodation in shared rooms, three meals a day, transfer in-out and transport to all program activities (international and domestic airfares, and other personal costs, are not included).

Registrations for the brigade are open until March 30. To register, or for more information, email ICAP at or the Cuban Consulate in Australia at .

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