Venceremos Brigade 50th Contingent (Travel Challenge)
***For information on the purpose/history of the brigade, please check out WWW.VB4CUBA.COM or email VBrigade@gmail.com with questions. Very basic information about this trip is provided below. Look out for the FAQ sheet on the website. It is also suggested that you read the VB POINTS OF UNITY before applying to ensure you are aligned with the work and values of the brigade***

Thank you for applying to join the VB 50th anniversary contingent to Cuba Summer of 2019. This online form is the 1st phase of the application process. ***NOTICE*** This is NOT a licensed trip to Cuba. This trip is an act of civil disobedience through an open travel challenge. In this form, there is an opportunity to sign up for an information session where more detail will be provided and your questions can be answered.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
1. Submit this online form (due no later than 11:59pm EST on March 1st)

2. You will be contacted to complete a mandatory interview (this is to prioritize the collective safety of the brigade)

3. As part of your interview you will be instructed on how to submit a paper application which requires 2 passport photos and $100 nonrefundable application fee. NOTE: Application fee is waived for all online forms submitted by 11:59pm EST February 1st. Also, the application fee is applied to the total cost of the trip.

4. If you are accepted you will be required to submit a $500 deposit due no later than March 15th to hold your spot on the brigade.

Each applicant should complete this form ONCE. For families/groups, please fill out one form per applicant. Parents/care givers are expected to fill out one form per child/dependent. The application deadline to submit this form is March 1st, 2019.

ESTIMATED TRAVEL DATES & COST:
Due to the nature of unlicensed travel to Cuba, exact travel dates and costs cannot be confirmed until early 2019.

To reach the goal of having 300 people complete the travel challenge in an unlicensed trip, there are three trip options with limited seats available for each option. Cost does not include roundtrip travel from your home city to a third country (i.e. Canada) and back. Partial financial assistance (up to $500) may be available while funds last. More information will be provided during the interview.

Because of barriers to participation that an unlicensed trip imposes on non-U.S. citizens, formerly incarcerated peoples, people who are disabled and/or elders, an alternate licensed option is being developed for a select number of applicants. In an effort to make the VB 50 celebration events more accessible to the named communities, this licensed trip would take place during the estimated travel dates of July 28th - August 1st, 2019. For more information, you can email VBRIGADE@GMAIL.COM or check back in the coming weeks (VB4CUBA.COM) for an online application.

OPTION 1: July 21st - August 2nd - $1,800 (Havana and surrounding area)
OPTION 2: July 21st - August 6th - $2,000 (Havana and Santa Clara)
OPTION 3: July 21st - August 13th - $2,300 (Havana, Santa Clara, and Oriente/Eastern provinces)

If you need help completing this form or have any urgent questions, direct them to vbrigade@gmail.com. THANK YOU!

Email address *
Last Name - as indicated on passport (this information will not be publicly shared) *
First Name (middle optional) *
Legal First Name (if different from above) - as indicated on passport (this information will not be publicly shared)
Name you would like to be called (publicly shared)
Best phone number(s) to reach you (please indicate cell, home or work #'s) *
Date of birth *
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How do you identify racially/ethnically? *
How are you primarily racialized in the U.S.? (check all that apply) *
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Are you a U.S. citizen? NOTE: due to this being an unlicensed trip, we are unable to guarantee protections for non U.S. citizens regarding re-entry into the U.S. (This information will not be publicly shared) *
Legal Sex (as indicated on your passport) *
Gender Identity
Gender Pronouns (select all that apply). These will be the pronouns we use in our communications with you. *
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