Travel To Cuba, The Adventure of a Lifetime!
The time is now to visit Cuba with the League
For information on future Sisters Across the Straits Delegations, email email@example.com and keep an eye on this page!
Has Cuba captured your imagination?
Do you want to see a country that is in every way set apart from all of the others? Travel with us to this enchanting island full of complex history, politics and fascinating people and discover why our prior Delegates call Cuba their favorite country.
With a complicated and turbulent history, Cuba is an island of diverse and fascinating people. Meet Cuba’s community leaders, entrepreneurs, university faculty, artists, and others. The treasure of Cuba is its people and you will meet the spirited people that make Cuba unforgettable. Our exclusive connections forged since our involvement with the people of Cuba began in 2011 when our tour leader, Annie Betancourt first started our “Sisters Across the Straits Delegations”.
“This was the MOST exciting trip of the many all over the world that I can remember. A dream come true! Your itinerary was perfect – you covered it all for us. I want a return visit to Cuba soon!”
Delegation members will meet with counterparts and participate in honest dialogue in order to learn about the role of Cuban men and women in society and explore differences as well as similarities. The aim is to end decades of isolation by building trust and improving relations among people. The project is the brainchild of League Director and former state representative Annie Betancourt, who has led over 24 delegations since 2011.
League members share with Cuban women the tools to develop and sustain leadership in their communities recognizing the importance of their involvement in the future development of their country. The meetings and topics of discussion are based upon the interests and composition of the delegation. The League believes that the advancement and empowerment of women is fundamental to achieving peace and prosperity. Past delegations have included attorneys, health care professionals, educators, social anthropologists, historians, artists, economists, urban planners, business owners and other individuals interested in the advancement of women.
Participants must be League members before traveling.
Why Cuba? Why now? Here are a few more reasons:
Click here to read a blog post by Jean Steiger, a participant in the May 2016 Sisters Across the Straits delegation, about her experience on this incredible trip!
What is included?
- Round-trip airfare from Miami to Cuba and back to Miami
- Hotel accommodations in Cuba for the length of the visit
- Full schedule of people-to-people educational exchanges
- Some meals, including five breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners
- All ground transportation aboard air-conditioned motor coach
- Professional bilingual tour guide, plus League group leader
- Tips for tour guide, driver and wait staff
- Thought-provoking exchanges with academics and women leaders
- Visits to museums and historical sites
Please note that we hold a required orientation dinner in Miami for every delegation the evening before departure.
TRAVEL FORMS AND NECESSARY STEPS
If you are joining a delegation, you must submit the following forms as they are requested from the state office. Do not staple paperwork.
PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE ALL OF THE REQUIRED FORMS BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR PAPERWORK.
- League’s Application to Travel
- Travel Service Provider Visa Application and Authorization to travel to Cuba (three pages)
- Color Copy of Passport (Make a color copy and include with documents. No B&W allowed)
- Terms and Conditions (Must READ, PRINT, SIGN and RETURN)
- Final Balance (Either mail a check or pay via credit card by contacting the state office.)
- League of Women Voters Membership Required to attend (If you are not already a member go here to join now)
A deposit of $250, or full payment, is required upon submission of travel forms and paperwork.
Please note that your place in the delegation is not secured until your paperwork and $250 deposit, or paperwork and full balance, are received by the LWVF state office.
Read about our most recent delegation, which took place in May 2016!
This 5 night, 6 day delegation itinerary featured a day trip to Valle Viñales, an area west of Havana with spectacular limestone formations and the Pinar del Rio Province, famous for tobacco plantations; a visit and tour of Ernest Hemingway’s home and the small town east of Havana that served as the backdrop to his novel The Old Man and the Sea; informational presentations and speakers; visits to museums; and more!
The League’s May 2016 Sisters Across the Straits delegation also included a walking tour of Historic Havana, and provides travelers with multiple open evenings to engage with Havana and Cuban culture on their own. All delegations and itineraries vary, and future trips may not feature the same itinerary as the May delegation’s.
USEFUL RESOURCES FOR TRAVELERS
“Hi Annie. We had such a good time on the trip. What a different and diverse culture! We truly appreciate all you do to make these trips and ours in particular possible. I know it has to be so difficult, but you make it look easy. From the lovely dinner at your house to the supervision of our luggage pick up in Miami, you certainly took care of all of us! Both Richard and I are sure we would never have learned so much history, culture and politics without you! Thanks for all you do, hope our paths cross again!”
Testimonial provided by S. Pozzuto who attended the May 2015 S.A.S. Cuba Delegation
“Keep doing this. It’s very important to educate the American public, especially in Florida. Excellent value for the money.”
“The camaraderie with the other women and the opportunities to interact in a structured way with the locals – the professors, FMC women, etc. We would not have had these opportunities without Annie arranging them in advance, and this made the trip much more productive.”
“Seeing Cuba, meeting the people, learning about their fascinating culture, history, and status of women…and getting to know new dynamic League members.”
“Annie was a welcoming and knowledgable guide to Cuba. Viva la Liga!!!”
It’s very important to understand that this trip to Cuba will be unlike any other League trip. Here are a few words of caution:
- In order to adhere to the US government requirements for travel to Cuba, this expedition will not allow for the flexibility we build into other itineraries.
- As a guest you will be required to participate in our full-time schedule of people-to-people education exchange activities.
- The educational exchanges on this trip will allow for some walking, climbing stairs and traversing uneven terrain. Therefore, participants must be in good physical condition at the time of travel.
- The quality of the hotels will not be on par with resort hotels in other destinations. And the meals, while fresh and healthy, will be quite simple.
DISCLAIMER: The League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVF) shall not be liable for any injuries or any damage to any participant or be subject to any claim, demand, injury, or damages, whatsoever, including without limitation, those damages from acts of passive or active negligence on the part of LWVF, its officers, employees, or volunteers.
Participant does hereby expressly release and discharge LWVF, its officers, employees, or volunteers from all such claims, demands, injuries, damages, actions or causes of action. Participant acknowledges that he/she has carefully read this paragraph and fully understands that this is a waiver and release of liability. Participant expressly agrees that use of LWVF services is at their sole risk.
Travel to Cuba is restricted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury, however, the LWVFEF has been granted a specific travel license to conduct people-to-people travel until February 2015. The Sisters Across the Straits project will soon have come full circle when Cuban women are able to attend League events in Florida.