Who am I
The first two weeks the complete brigade stays in the camp 'Julio Antonio Mella' (one of the founders of the first communist party of Cuba), at a distance of 25 miles from Havana in Caimito. The camp-area is 1,25 square miles. There are barracks to sleep in, a dining-room, a conference-room and it's possible to get simultaneous translations. Also there's an open-air cinema, a sporting-field, a postoffice, a shop and a bar, a laundry, an ice-bar and a big dancingfloor with a podium.
The last week the whole brigade leaves to one of the provinces of Cuba. This is another province each year. Usual the brigade habitats a school or institute. This last week is more like a holiday, with lots of possibilities to relax. On saturday the work is being evaluated an production-figures are being notified. On these gatherings one can ask all questiones about the work and about the complete three weeks as well.
On saturday evening cultural events are being organized. This can be perfmorming cuban groups of ballet, drama, music or other activities. During the visits to Havana there's a lot of room to visit cultural activities as well.
An important part of the workbrigade is the preparation. The group gathers before travelling to Cuba about three or four times. The purpose of these gatherings is to get to know eachother, because the brigades have to work intensevily together to learn about Cuba and it's revolution. The trip to Cuba costs a lot of money and most people will not make such a journey very often. Therefore a good preperation is a necessity. In the preperations a lot of attention is being given to several aspects of the Cuban community by reading books, watching films and pictures and dialogues with people who know Cuba well and visited Cuba more than once. A good preperation makes you understand Cuba more.
From Holland a maximum of 15 people can participate. There's no age-restriction, but one has to be in good physical shape to perfrom hard labour. Participants have to have a positive attitude to Cuba and it's revolution.
Each year the sum varies because of the dollar-rates and the difference in prices of the flying companies. It's wise to account for 1000,-
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Arnold van Wezel
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