Cuba Open Team

Project Full
May 27, 2016 - June 6, 2016
Participation Fee
What's Included


We have a great opportunity to send volunteers to Cuba! The government has given us a special window of time to send volunteers to help construct a church in Cardenas, Cuba. We don’t know if or when we will have this opportunity again, so we are stepping out in faith and planning the project for the end of May. Due to visa processing time, it leaves us only two weeks to recruit volunteers, but we know that those who are able to join this project will come away blessed and will have been a blessing.

There is very limited availability as we can only accept 25 volunteers on the project; however, those 25 volunteers will be able to be a part of an answered prayer for a congregation who has been praying for more than 20 years for this building. Although it is still to be determined exactly what stage the construction will be in when volunteers arrive, the group will most likely be helping to lay the block walls of the church, but could also be involved in many other tasks of the job site.

Because of the visa process, we will only be accepting registrations until March 25. Maranatha must receive your non-refundable deposit and a copy of your passport showing validity until December 6, 2016 in order to be confirmed. So register now and be a part of this amazing opportunity!


Church Construction

Community Outreach


A Test of Faith in Cuba: Video of Cardenas Church

David Lopez,
Project Coordinator
Roger Hatch,
Construction Superintendent
Friday, May 27
Meet in Cancun, Mexico and Fly to Havana, Cuba
Saturday, May 28
Worship with the La Vibora congregation and visit to the Adventist Seminary
Sunday, May 29
Tour of Havana
Monday, May 30
Travel to Cardenas and Half Day Work
Tuesday, May 31
Work Days Tuesday - Friday
Saturday, June 4
Worship with the Cardenas congregation
Sunday, June 5
Return to Havana
Monday, June 6
Departure from Havana to Cancun. Travel Home.
ARRIVALPlease plan to arrive in Cancun, Mexico (CUN) in the morning of Friday, May 27. Meet Maranatha representatives at 12 noon at Terminal 2.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREPlease plan to depart from Cancun, Mexico (CUN) after 5pm on Monday, June 6.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own airfare to Cancun, Mexico where the group will meet together before flying into Havana. You will need to meet Maranatha representatives at the Cubana Airlines check-in counter in Terminal 2 at precisely 12 noon for check in. The group will be taking a 3:05 Cubana flight to Havana. Maranatha will have your Cubana tickets and Cuban visas ready for you.

After the project, the group will return together from Havana on another Cubana flight to Cancun. Then volunteers will return home from Cancun on flights leaving after 5:30pm.

If you require overnight accommodations before or after the project in Cancun, you will need to make your own reservations. Once in Cuba, volunteers will travel together on a tourist bus.


Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


Havana Tour

Cuba has a rich culture and is known as a melting pot of Spanish and African culture. Due to the presence of communism in the country, many countries, including the United States, have restricted trade with Cuba which has resulted in a “Cuban Time Capsule.” Many of the cars and architecture still reflect the 1960’s and have been repaired using strictly local materials or materials sourced from countries which still permitted trade. Havana is a perfect place to get a taste for the culture and history of the island nation and during the project, volunteers will get a chance to tour the city and buy souvenirs.

Cuba, Republic of Facts & Figures








Tropical, hot and humid. Rainy season from May to October.


Cuban Convertible Peso (mostly used by tourists). Cuban Peso (mostly used by locals).

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return with one blank visa page
  • Cuban Visas
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.