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Carol Vrancik Oct 01, 2014 at 04:08 PM

Has anyone signed up for April 14, 2015?

Joan Engelhaupt Sep 30, 2014 at 10:59 PM

In my opinion, yes.

Hilarie Emma Sep 30, 2014 at 01:06 PM

Would pens, markers etc be helpful donation on Cuba trip?
Douglas Cummings Sep 30, 2014 at 02:40 PM

I took pens, paper,markers, stickers, etc. Assuming the visits are basically the same there are several groups that can use them.
Palma Mega Oct 01, 2014 at 03:43 PM

how do the items get distributed?

Kira Dirlik Sep 18, 2014 at 03:08 PM

I made the latest reservation I could out of Miami on Nov. 12: 9:25 p.m. For those of you who have already made the trip, are the planes from Cienfuegos ever earlier than the 5:00 p.m. that someone mentioned? Not having flown a lot, if I miss the flight, will I need to pay full price for trying to catch another the next morning?
Douglas Cummings Sep 18, 2014 at 06:53 PM

I had early evening flights out of Miami for the West coast. The plane from Cienfuegos took off right on time, and was 15 minutes early into Miami. It'll take you longer to get to your gate in Miami than the flight from Cuba. Assuming everything is the same you shouldn't have a problem with 9:25 p.m. flight.
Rita Fahrner Sep 18, 2014 at 09:50 PM

Same for me. My west coast flight left at 7 and I had lots of time.
Palma Mega Oct 01, 2014 at 03:46 PM

what time did you leave cuba? Please refresh my memory, how long is the trip from Cuba to Miami?

Kira Dirlik Sep 18, 2014 at 03:05 PM

I think the only thing I will need to plug in is the battery charger for my camera. Will I need a converter plug?
I'm still wondering what might be the best gifts/donations that would be light and compact for carrying in my bag.
Richard Hannegan Sep 18, 2014 at 04:47 PM

Bring a plug. Some hotels are 120; others 240; and others have both voltages!

Deirdre Mc Kee Sep 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Take American dollars. Changing to Canadian and then to CUC will not be a benefit. It would be good if Road Scholar would send these answers out well in advance to all that sign up because every group has the same questions. I went last December. And most likely you won't be spending a lot of money while there. Eventually all your questions will be answered but I, too, planned it out very early.
Natalie Maynor Sep 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I used British pounds and Japanese yen because I happened to have them on hand. That worked well (saved the surcharge for US$ -- this was in 2011), but I doubt that it would have been worth it if I hadn't already had them sitting around my house.
Natalie Maynor Sep 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

PS: I *adored* the trip. I put four sets of pictures of it on Flickr. The first set is here (and from it you can get to the other three sets if you're interested):

Kendra Roth Sep 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Any suggestions on what type of currency to take--$US or $CDN?
Richard Hannegan Sep 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Well - a US $ will get you 87 centavos.Depending on which web site you use, a Canadian dollar will get you anywhere from 90 to 97 centavos. When I was there it was a straight 1-to-1 conversion. Maybe someone who has just returned can comment.

Elizabeth Fithian-Barrett Sep 11, 2014 at 06:16 PM

Hello travelers. I would appreciate any advice available regarding useful and needed donations, particularly for the women's choral group and the dance school. Going on the Nov. 4 departure . Thanks!
Jan Wolfe Sep 11, 2014 at 07:17 PM

I went on this fabulous trip in April! It is a life changer, and you will fall in love with the Cuban people. Next time I will pack more donations and simply pay the over 44 pounds charge. These people have so very little, and everything helps. Even if people might have the money to purchase items, those items often aren't available - for example, toothpaste was in short supply in April. Some things not listed in the materials which would be helpful would be latex gloves, sheet music (the adult choir in Cienfuegos would like some religious music by Mendelsohn or Verdi), guitar strings, dance attire, feminine hygiene products. The english bookstore Cuba Libro has a facebook page, so you might be able to ask if they have specific requests. Don't forget your own toilet paper, alcohol or alcohol wipes, facial wipes, extra Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, and your flexibility cap. Also, an extension cord comes in handy. You might also want to do a few extra squats before you go - many toilets don't have seats - but don't worry because any inconveniences will pale in comparison to the enormous joy you will experience in Cuba.
Palma Mega Oct 01, 2014 at 03:49 PM

thank you. this was very informative

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