Cuba Trip Information

Dates

Cuba is back on the schedule.  Yeah!  

December 1 - December 8, 2019
We partner with churches in Havana and in Mantanza, Cuba working in both church settings as well as house visits. We encourage both medical and non-medical team members. 

Group Leaders

Dr. Stan Grogg and Barbara Grogg will be your group leaders. If you have
questions, please contact Barbara at [email protected].

Also, we will are partnering with Tim Case International Ministries


Thank you for your inquiry about our Cuba trip. This particular trip is very different from any of the other trips with Power of a Nickel. When visiting Cuba several years ago we encountered a wonderful man who owned a travel agency in Cuba. After spending some time with him, he shared the real situation with us about the medical problems in his beloved country. They do not need physicians to come to Cuba… they have the largest medical school in the whole Caribbean and train physicians for deployment throughout the Caribbean and S. America. All physicians (except plastic surgeons) are employed of the government – thus we are not able to work with them. After saying that, there are 2 physicians who are members of churches we will be working with and they are so happy to have us visit. Cuba has a wonderful public health system that perhaps we can learn from. The real problem is that when one of the easily accessed physicians orders a prescription, the prescription is taken to a pharmacy and, sadly, the shelves are empty. Literally empty. The lack of common meds such as aspirin, lisinopril, metformin, on and on… is unbelievable. The meds are not even available on the black market. A small package of Band-Aids is $10US. The need, then, is not for our medical services (although we certainly do give consultations and meds that we have with us, but rather the meds and supplies we take to our hosts. We take our listening and compassion to a wonderful people. We take our enthusiasm for the beauty of their country and their desire for us to enjoy ourselves in their world.

Having explained that difference, the other difference is that Power of a Nickel is a humanitarian organization we embrace those of all different faiths. In Cuba, however, we have partnered with a Christian organization for this destination. The church leaders make all arrangements for the “clinics” that are held in their churches as well as house calls that small teams fan out into the communities and evaluate people that have been identified as needing a consultation or second opinion. Each of these locations for service are accompanied by a church leader who offers prayers or encouragement for the patient. As a healthcare provider, you are not required to participate in the religious portions of those visits – but are certainly welcomed to do so if that is your desire.

Know that regardless of your religious affiliation, you are welcomed and we want you to experience Cuba comfortably. You will be asked to bring with you first aid items, OTC meds, and other health items.

We will work in churches and homes in Havana and in Mantanza. We stay in a hostel in Havana (that means it is a small private “boutique” hotel. The price is based on double occupancy. There may be some single rooms available at an additional cost. We will need to know when you complete your application if you are requesting a single room. In Mantanza we are in a very beautiful colonial hotel, and our experience with the leisure time of Cuba will be at the beach in Varadero, We travel via vans. Breakfasts are included. Two dinners are included. We are at an all inclusive at the beach. Our hosts will be making our specific itinerary – but this is an overview of what to expect. Last year we flew into Havana then returned to the US from the airport near Valadero Beach. As far as team size, our goal is a max of 20. The make up of the team will not be known until we have applications and deposits. We encourage medical and non-medical folks as well. Know that there will be a minimum of one attending physician to 3 medical students.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Barbara Grogg, ARNP, C-FP

Goals

  • Fulfill requests by community leadership for specific needs of identified individuals
  • Facilitate educational opportunities for the community
  • Supply much needed medications and supplies 
  • Offer a safe learning environment for medical students and residents, other healthcare personnel, and ancillary team members
  • Provide intensive training for students in the art of medicine, with technology limited by the local standards
  • Facilitate opportunities to experience different cultures and global health issues

Checklist

  • Complete the application here
  • Submit your $206 deposit here
  • Make certain your passport does not expire before 7/2020
  • Make certain you have the recommended immunizations 
  • Upload the required documents here for your team role (.pdf format)
  • Your final invoice will be sent to you via email 70 days prior to departure.
  • Final payment due  - payable by check to Power of a Nickel will be due 60 days prior to departure,
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Our Roles 

Because the healthcare system and public health system is very good in Cuba, our roles will be different than those in other countries.  We will be taking medications and supplies to our Cuban colleagues for their use long after we depart.  We work closely with churches in Cuba to serve their communities by offering church based clinics and house calls as arranged by our hosts.  

This trip encourages both healthcare professionals as well as others who would like to be a part of this partnership who are not in the healthcare field.  


Costs

Total trip cost: $1300

This DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE TO HAVANA & RETURN FROM VALADERO

Visa ($60) - This is purchased in the airport prior to your flight from Miami to Havana

Requirements

Participants will be responsible for all travel and routine vaccinations.  More information can be found at www.cdc.gov and www.headinghomehealthy.org.

  • Evacuation insurance is required.
  • Trip cancellation insurance is suggested.

Payment Schedule

A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $206 is required to hold your space. 

Final payment payable by check to Power of a Nickel 4520 S Birmingham Place Tulsa, OK 74105.

Cancellation Policy 

$206 deposit is non-refundable. You may transfer this to another person if you find you are unable to participate, but you will need to make any financial arrangements with that person.

  • Final payment for the trip is due 60 days prior to trip start date.
  • 59-30 days prior to departure, 50% refund
  • 29-0 days prior to departure, no refund

Trip cancellation insurance (different from evacuation insurance) is strongly encouraged to avoid forfeiting funds if you must cancel for any reason.