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Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about I.M.A.P.
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 I.M.A.P. experience.
I.M.A.P. will be staying in a Jesuit center in Havana.
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.
Your $2,300 will cover food, transportation, housing, your travel visa, fees/donations for translator and museum costs, and airfare.
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 I.M.A.P. Cuba. The visa application must be submitted by September 1, 2021, which would include passport information.
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. Due to uncertainty of successful vaccinations in Cuba, we highly recommend you vaccinate yourself against contracting the Covid 19 virus.
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.
Cuba has balmy weather year round.
Generally the electricity operates at 110 volts/60 hertz (like North America).
Cuba has two forms of currency, the CUC (most widely used) and the peso. The CUC is used for tourists and most main products sold, fees or services paid for. The peso 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.
Cuba presently has no system in place that accepts the phone system of the U.S. The internet use is sporadic and WiFi is only found in special situations. So, no use of phones or internet is advisable. Phone numbers of the staff will be available for contact in case of emergency.