The Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade is a project of the
Canadian Network on Cuba
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trabajo voluntario es una escuela creadora de conciencia"
"Volunteer work is a school for building
~ Ernesto Che Guevara
Click to View the 2013 Che Brigade Program
Posted January 21st, 2013. Please check back for updates.
The annual Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade was established in 1993 to exchange political and cultural ideas with Cuba in the spirit of solidarity and respect. The Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigades itinerary includes up to 10 days of volunteer work. While this work is physical, the pace is not strenuous and should not deter the not-so-young-and-fit. In the past Brigadistas have ranged in age, from 10-75! The morning is our main work time, where Brigadistas work alongside Cubans sharing, learning and having an important exchange. After lunch time Brigadistas have meetings with various groups and organizations, or visit the beach, or enjoy some free time. After dinner could be free time, or some excursions or dance lessons!
The Che Brigade is led by a friendly group of English-speaking Cubans who accompany Brigadistas throughout their visit.
Click to view the 2012 Che Brigade Program
Click to view the 2011 Che Brigade Program
Click to view the 2010 Che Brigade Program
Click to view the 2009 Che Brigade Program
Your Brigade Coordinator
The national coordinator of the 2013 Che Brigade, Dave Thomas, will work
in close collaboration with the Cuban hosts. Dave is knowledgeable
about the political, economic and social situation in Cuba and will
work to answer any questions you have about Cuba, or the organization
of the Che Brigade.
During the Brigade the coordinator is responsible for:
Coordinating the Brigade hand-in-hand with Cuban organizations
Relaying information about itenerary changes, etc.
Ensuring that everyone is able to participate in the Brigade's
discussions and decision making processes
Ensuring that the brigade makes any necessary decisions
Taking care of any administrative details (letter writing,
Acting as one of the Che Brigade spokes people, although other
brigadistas may be called on to do this as well
The coordinator will always be available for questions and ready to