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Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about I.M.A.P..

Why Cuba?

Connecting with the Social Ministries of the Jesuits to learn about and immerse ourselves into their work with the Cuban community is a great way to bring timely justice issues into the lives of our Marquette community.

The program is led by, taught by, and true stories are being shared by the local community. We are there to learn from the experts and to reflect upon these issues in light of our lives, our vocation, and our Jesuit values. Our pre-trip preparation will help prepare us for the principles of poverty, immersion, and solidarity but to be in country learning from those who struggle with these issues can only add to our IMAP experience.

Where exactly in Cuba are we staying?

IMAP will be staying in a Jesuit Center in Havana, Cuba.

How safe is this trip?

There are basic safety issues as would be expected for any foreign traveler. Crimes against American citizens are more prevalent. Marquette University takes every precaution to ensure our safety.

How much does the trip cost?

Your $2000 will cover food, transportation, housing, your travel VISA, fees/donations for translator and museum costs, and airfare.

Do I need to have a passport?

To enter Cuba, you must have a passport with the expiration date further than 9 months from the date of travel. Applications for passports can be found online. Please ensure that you have a passport before you decide to attend IMAP:Cuba. The VISA application must be submitted by October 1, 2017, which would include passport information.

Do I need to get immunized?

Please consult with your family physician on what immunizations are needed for travel to Cuba. Typically, there are no immunizations needed for travel to Cuba. Precautions to protect yourself against mosquito bites (Zika Virus) are strongly encouraged.

What language do I need to know?

Though we will have translators to help us navigate Spanish, it is good to have at least a basic ability to speak and understand Spanish to have personal conversations with those you meet.

What will the weather be like?

Cuba has balmy weather year round.

Do I need to bring an electrical adaptor?

Generally the electricity operates at 110 Volts/60 Hertz (like North America).

What is the currency for Cuba?

Cuba has two forms of currency, the CUC (most widely used) and the pesos. The CUC is used for tourists and most main products sold, fees, or services paid for. The pesos is considered the money of the locals. Converting your American dollars to CUC will be necessary. There is no acceptance of the American dollar and no system for credit cards in Cuba. Cash only.

Can I bring my phone or make calls to home? What about the internet?

Cuba presently has no system in place that accepts the phone system of the US. The internet use is sporadic and WiFi is only found in unique situations. So, no use of phones or internet is advisable. Phone numbers of the staff will be available for contact in case of emergency.


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