Firstly we hope everyone is keeping well and safe as we navigate these challenging times.
Due to Covid-19, our Cuban host organization, the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) has announced that all brigades which were scheduled for 2020 will be postponed and not take place this year. The ICAP announcement can be read online at https://siempreconcuba.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/icap-postpone-solidarity-projects-due-to-the-consequences-of-the-pandemic-message-to-the-world-movement-of-solidarity-with-cuba/
On June 10th Cuba announced that they will be taking a phased approach to reopening international tourism. This includes taking very careful and responsible measures to limit tourism to beach resorts to minimize interaction with Cuba's local population. An essential component of the Che Brigade is visiting local institutions, towns and communities, including schools and hospitals, which is really what makes this trip so unique and dynamic. Considering this and our commitment to the safety and well-being of our brigadistas and Cuban host communities, it is very understandable that 2020 brigades will not be possible.
On a positive note, we are already planning for our 2021 Che Brigade and hope you will be able to join us then! We will have a two week program at the end of April/beginning of May, exact dates to be announced soon. This will coincide with May 1st, International Workers Day, which is always an incredible experience as we join with the Cuban people to mark this important day.
For more information, questions or to receive updates please email or call the Che Brigade coordinator Janine Solanki at email@example.com or 778-881-6156.
You can also follow the Che Brigade on social media. We are on Instagram @cdnntwrkoncuba, Facebook and on Twitter @CheVolBrigade.
We look forward to travelling to Cuba on the 2021 Che Guevara Brigade and hope you will join us!