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Send Melissa to Cuba!

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EVENT DATE: Jul 02, 2011

Melissa Provinsal


July 2nd to 15th there is an International Conference on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development being held in Cuba and I want to go! (

As a poor graduate student my funds are limited so I am taking to the interwebs, bake sales and good old fashioned groveling to try and raise enough dollars to make this once in a lifetime experience a reality.

The cost of plane tickets, hotels, conference fees and program fees adds up.  I am hoping to get some scholarship money from Global Exchange, and I have a leadership scholarship from the Sierra Club to cash in but there is still a large gap so I'm asking people to give up eating out for lunch for one day and instead donating that $5 or $10 dollars to my trip instead.  If I get 100 people to do that I will be half way to my fundraising goal!


About the program:

What is a Reality Tour? 

Global Exchange’s Reality Tours educate Americans about international issues through socially responsible travel. It is one of

several experiential learning programs that Global Exchange offers.
What is Global Exchange?
Global Exchange is a San Francisco-based international human
and economic rights organization dedicated to promoting
justice around the world. Since our founding in 1988, we have
worked to increase global awareness of the U.S. public while
building international partnerships around the world.
Why I want to do this? 
Cuba is a unique case study for sustainable development.  After organizing an event on the subject in 2008 during my senior year at UPS I became really interested in the success that Cuba acheived.  I have maintained my involvement in my community and am now at Bard developing more skills and learning more about these issues.  This trip will help me to tie many of my experiences together and I hope to bring what I learn back with me and apply them in whatever comes next.


Any donation helps and in return I will be forever grateful and find a creative way to show it. Also, I will try and document all my adventures so that I can share them with you all.

Thank you!!


PS.  If you are uncomfortable with donating online you can also do it the old fashioned way. Let me know and I can get you the donation form :)



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