*An Important Note About Travel to Cuba
As of June 5, 2019 the U.S. State Department and Office of Foreign Assets Control removed the license Rustic Pathways uses from the list of legal travel options for U.S. citizens for Cuba travel. All Rustic Pathways programs purchased before June 5 will operate as planned but we will no longer be accepting new applications at this time.
Please reach out to your Personal Travel Advisor or call 800.321.4353 if you have questions about upcoming travel to Cuba.
If you’re still considering travel this summer, please review programs by departure date.
Join us for an amazing cultural exchange in the exciting Cuban cities of Havana and Trinidad. This program is tailored for those who are passionate about environmental conservation. Travel by horseback to the famous Charco Azul lagoon where a reforestation project awaits with local park rangers, sleep under the stars after a waterfall hike, get your hands dirty with local farmers while learning about their sustainable practices and experience youth culture in town with plenty of dancing, food, and new friends.
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
Rustic Gear. Want to get all your shopping done for your program in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get all the essentials sent right to your door.
Students traveling to Cuba must complete two copies of a Consent to Travel Statement, this document must be notarized and a hard copy must be returned to us by mail. The student should travel with the other copy on their person when departing for and returning from their program. More information on this will be emailed to you after enrollment, or you can download and complete a sample document here.
A school backpack or similar sized bag is ideal (15-40L)
- Photocopy of passport
- Book and/or journal
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Additional community service forms
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (12)
- Underwear (15)
- Pants/capris (3-4)
- Jeans (1-2)
- Long service shorts
- Long skirt
- T-shirts (8-12)
- Long sleeved shirt (1-2, lightweight)
- Quick dry towel
- Beach towel/sarong
- Rain jacket
- Sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
- Sneakers/ Hiking boots (Closed-toed comfortable shoes)
- Hat (for sun)
- Work gloves
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Tooth paste
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contact solution
- Foam ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream