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Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization

"Promoting cultural sharing, understanding, and exchange."


Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization public meeting:

Thursday, June 23, 7-8:45 pm at Alfafa's Market Community Room, 1651 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

(The Community Room is a separate entrance, on the North side of the building through the Corporate entrance. Please don't park in Alfafa's lot as you are subject ot being towed. There is parking across the street near the library)

Featured speaker:

Joe McGowan Jr.

“A Day  with Fidel Castro” 

Joe McGowan, Jr. spent 42 years with The Associated Press news service and during much of the 1960s he was a foreign and war correspondent. He spent a full day in Havana with Fidel Castro right after the Cuban Missile Crisis. He wrote the first worldwide stories about Mother Teresa from Calcutta. He reported the 1965 India-Pakistan war, Latin American revolutions, and traveled with President John F. Kennedy. McGowan was bureau chief for AP in Indianapolis, Boston and Denver, where he retired at the end of 1997. He is the author of From Fidel Castro To Mother Teresa: An Associated Press foreign correspondent's experiences abroad in the 1960s (Volume 1).

Free and open to the public

Other agenda items include:

Election of officers and board members for 2016/2017

Update on October delegation

Plans and projects for upcoming year

August talk by Cuban photographer, Julio Larramendi




Three Cubas?

Do you yearn to see Cuba? 

Here is the trip you’ve been waiting for!

Experience: Rural Cuba,Urban Cuba,Tourist Cuba

The Boulder Cuba Sister City Organization has been visiting Cuba since 2003.  Two experienced leaders will take you to places where tourists seldom go to meet the people as well as to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other attractions that have made Cuba a fascinating tourist destination.  Ten nights in Cuba – flying into Santiago de Cuba in eastern Cuba and returning from Havana. 

For more information and itinerary details:

Click here: information      Click here: application


October 22-November 1, 2016


                            Santiago de Cuba, where revolutions begin and home of San Juan Hill,

Yateras, Boulder’s sister municipality high in the hills of Guantánamo,

Baracoa, a charming seaside city famous for its art and chocolate,

Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, one of the most biologically diverse tropical island sites on Earth.

Old Havana, UNESCO World Heritage site,

Art, Music, Nature, Cuisine, FRIENDSHIP!

Read what past participants have to say about our Cuba explorations:

“It’s difficult to summarize this 12-day immersion in the Cuban/Latin culture other than to say it was fantastic!  We were privileged to travel with a group so well connected in Cuba and with an itinerary full of events to facilitate “people to people” interactions.” 


It was a trip to be long remembered. I can only guess how much effort and time it took for you to put together our terrific trip to Cuba. It was with great skill on your parts. 

I'm so pleased to have been included and want you to know how thoroughly I enjoyed it all. The programs you selected were great; good variety. Of all, I appreciate the free time that we had to explore on our own. It was a great group too.”



“We had such a wonderful time - one of the best trips we've ever
 taken. It was a busy itinerary but, oh, did we learn a lot from this
 trip! A people-to-people it definitely was and more. Spense and Kate,
 our hats off to you both. Your hard work in organizing this
 "expedition" really showed; we were expected everywhere we went and we
 kept to the schedule -- a feat in itself. You gave us a full range of
 experiences from the middle of big cities to rural countryside and
 everything in between.”

           This trip is currently full. Contact us about a wait list.



"Rediscovering Cuba"

A year-long program featuring presentations by experts on all things Cuban--economy, film, book club, cuisine.

Past events include:

"US/CUBA: Can the Best of Enemies Kiss and Make Up?"

Featuring Vicki J. Huddleston, former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, currently president of a small company that provides workshops for entrepreneurs in Cuba and board member of Finca Vigia, Hemingway's former home in Cuba.

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3:00 pm University of Colorado Muenzinger Auditorium.

“Public Health in Cuba: An Overview.”


Dr. Gisele Coutin Marie, physician and biostatistician from Havana, discusses the Cuban health system and some of the challenges it currently faces to a standing room only crowd.  (Jan 26).

Upcoming events include:

June 23, Joe McGowan Jr "A Day With Fidel Castro"

August date and time TBA, Cuban award winning photographer, Julio Larramendi

Contact us at to get on our mailing list.


For information on becoming a member of

the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization,

click here: Membership Application



                Presenting a painting of Boulder made by students at BCSIS to Yateras

                                 School Children in Yateras


                                               Making new friends



Thank you

Muchas gracias

to our volunteers, participants and sponsors who contributed to the success of BOCUSCO'S

Colorado Cuba Arts and Dance Festival

October 18-24, 2014.


Miguel López at Intercambio Fiesta    Art workshop with Tony Ortega and Oscar Lasseria


Dance classes with Yaneisi Chibas                Drum classes with Miguel Angel López

Cuban Art Show


Ezequiel Torres Group                                                    Yaneisi Chibas as Yemaya  

Sikan Afro-Cuban Dance Project


Sabanas Blancas project


Art Historian Jorge Núñez                             Enthusiastic audiences


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Hurricane Relief

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to hurricane Sandy relief in eastern Cuba.  BOCUSCO contributed to medical relief containers sent by MEDICC and Global Links and received this message:

"Thanks to the support we received from individuals and organization across the US, we were able to ship 4 containers in November and December to help hospitals in Santiago.  Two more are planned for late January / early February.  We could not have have been able to provide 6 containers of medical aid so quickly without the help of supporters like your organization."
On October 25, 2012 Hurricane Sandy tore through eastern Cuba leaving destruction, devastation, and death in Guantánamo, Holguín and especially Santiago de Cuba provinces.  See photos below.


Photos of Santiago de Cuba taken October 26, 2012. © Julio Larramendi


Ongoing projects :

Boulder Sister Cities in a trunk

The Boulder History Museum is busy gathering art, cultural artifacts, and resources from each of Boulder's seven sister cities and preparing them to travel to area classrooms or community groups.  The Cuba trunk containing 64 items from or about Cuba including maps, books, art work, stamps, musical instruments etc is ready!  Please contact Emilie at for more information.                                         


Environmental Publications

To see some of the publications about eastern Cuba that BOCUSCO has supported over the years, visit: Ediciones Nuevos Mundos


Shipping medical equipment and supplies to Eastern Cuba

Since 2006 the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization has been raising funds to sponsor the shipment of medical equipment and supplies to Guantánamo province in conjunction with Denver-based Project C.U.R.E. We are pleased to announce that the first FIVE 40’ cargo containers have arrived at their destinations: a container of hurricane relief supplies following the devastion of Hurricane Ike; as well as containers to the main hospital in Guantánamo which serves the entire province including Yateras; the Guantánamo Pediatric Hospital; the main hospital in Baracoa, and the hospital in Palenque, Yateras.

We would like to thank all of the donors, sponsors and volunteers who have contributed to the success of this project. Thanks to everyone’s efforts and generosity, we have been able to provide one of the poorest provinces of Cuba with such supplies as X-ray machines, anesthesia machines, mamography units, operating tables, stethoscopes, microscopes, laboratory supplies, defibrillators, and much more.  Please visit our HEALTH committee page to learn more about health care in Yateras and our health related projects. THANK YOU!!



About the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization

The Boulder Cuba Sister City Organization (BOCUSCO), is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political, all-volunteer citizen network which exists to create lasting partnerships to promote cultural sharing, understanding and exchange between citizens of Boulder, Colorado and the municipality of Yateras, Guantánamo, Cuba. Yateras, a municipality located in the mountainous easternmost Cuban province of Guantánamo, became Boulder’s sixth sister city in 2002. President Eisenhower promoted a people-to-people initiative in 1956 to involve individuals in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal relationships, fostered through sister city, county, and state affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts. Sister Cities International (SCI) is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. SCI promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. SCI currently represents more than 2,500 communities in 134 countries around the world. Boulder is a member of SCI and has other sister cities in Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Tibet, Kenya and Tajikistan.

Although many of our exchanges and activities involve the community of Yateras, we are also involved in projects, such as health and environmental projects, in other areas of Guantánamo Province including Guantánamo City and Baracoa. BOCUSCO organizes activities, with support from the Boulder community, through its five committees: Arts and Education, Environment and Sustainability, Health, Music and Dance, Sports.


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To make a tax-deductible donation please make check out to BOCUSCO and mail to

2835 Lagrange Cir

Boulder, CO 80305