Workshops with Purpose, Photographers Kevin Kubota, Benjamin Edwards

Workshops With Purpose - Cuba 2019

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2019 CUBA | April 6th, 2019 - April 17th, 2019.

We are very excited to announce our fifth workshop in Cuba next April. We will be leading a group of experienced photographers to donate our skills to the international charitable organization, Forward Edge, who transform the lives of vulnerable children, disaster victims, and those who go to serve them.

For each Workshops With Purpose trip, we carefully choose a different organization to work with based on their mission and our experience with them, if any. The organization is not selected based on any religious affiliation, although they MAY have a religious foundation. We select organizations that provide charitable services to ALL people, regardless of religious belief, race, or gender. Likewise, attendees are not expected to align with any religious belief. We welcome anyone who simply wants to do good in the world with their creative talents.

We ask that you come with an open mind. Our work may require us to document the work being done by a religious organization, possibly in a religious setting. Our mission is to respect, document, and help where needed -- even if we don’t completely align. Will this work for you? If so, read on! Entry in to Cuba from the US is restricted for general tourist travel. Since we are working with a religious organization, they will be able to host us with a religious visa. This is what we’ll be applying for. This does not mean you are going as an evangelist :-)


WWP will be working with Forward Edge who has a presence. In keeping with its primary mission, Forward Edge focuses primarily on supporting church-run children's programs which provide children with regular nutritious meals, educational tutoring, and spiritual discipleship. This is why they have teamed up with local program coordinators, Gabriel Lopez and Leidis Tejeda. They spearhead building relationships with local pastors and churches ministering to children, families, and communities throughout Santiago de Cuba.

Your workshop leaders will be Kevin Kubota and Benjamin Edwards who have led numerous other workshops and have extensive international travel experience. They will provide education and coaching in the logistics of doing international charitable work, ethical storytelling, photography workflow, and photographic capture and lighting techniques for documentary and portrait work. Representatives from Forward Edge will also be coordinating and leading our group while in Cuba.


What will we be doing? Good question! We offer our skills in whatever way is most needed and helpful to the organization and the people we encounter. Forward Edge will have specific projects for us to photograph, which could include: documenting the community programs they sponsor, portraits of their staff, portraits of the local children and families, general use images for their marketing needs, in-house staff training on photography, creating outreach video or promotional pieces. We donate our services free of charge, and without licensing restrictions.


What’s required of me? Photographic experience and proficiency with a DSLR or mirrorless digital camera and the ability to edit and submit digital files ready for publication.


The main program will cover 7 days and you have the option of adding on 5 more days for more cultural experience in Trinidad and neighboring areas with us. Our 7-day program will INCLUDE team building, cultural experiences, classroom time, as well as the actual photographic/video project work for Forward Edge. All in-country transportation, meals, accommodations, cultural experiences, and education is included in the workshop cost. The additional 5 days will be optional and include all transport, lodging, meals, and experiences as well. Since you are going all the way to Cuba, we highly recommend you maximize your visit and stay with us! We believe that our openness to cultural experience and education is equally important to donating our services to the efforts of Forward Edge. We do good in the world by appreciating other cultures, finding commonality, and developing deep compassion.

Full program experience, 12 days, $4750. This program adds 5 additional days after the base workshop and visits to Trinidad and neighboring areas. This includes roundtrip airfare to Holguin, Cuba from Miami. All accommodations, meals, transport, guides, entry fees, required insurance, and instruction. It does not cover airfare to Miami.

Primary Workshop experience: $3750 ( This is approximate and will be finalized before your deposit is due), for the base 7-day program. This is the service workshop and some cultural experience in and around the Holguin area. It includes roundtrip airfare to Holguin, Cuba from Miami. All accommodations, meals, transport, guides, entry fees, required insurance, and instruction. It does not cover airfare to Miami.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is due December 15th, 2018. Why is this non-refundable? We have a strict limit of 8 participants and a deadline of Jan. 1, 2019 to apply for our visas. If somebody decided to drop out, we will not be able to refill that vacancy and risk losing money on our empty spot and the deposits we’ve paid to organize the workshop. Make sense?


What is WWP?
Workshops With Purpose was created by photographers Kevin Kubota, Benjamin Edwards, and Marianne & Andrew Nicodem to help photographers & filmmakers learn to use their skills to tell humanitarian stories for the betterment of our world. Image makers are guided through the process during international travel experiences where they learn logistics & photographic skills while simultaneously using them to provide valuable imaging resources to local service organizations. WWP is part photographic workshop, part group service project, and all life-changing.

Benjamin Edwards' original video that moved Kevin Kubota to action...

The following is a video with highlights from our recent trip to Bolivia. What an amazing experience!



Kevin Kubota and Benjamin Edwards


Kevin Kubota talks to Kenna Klosterman from CreativeLive about Workshops with Purpose – his organization that connects media professionals with opportunities to learn through service.

Bolivia Highlight Video

Kenya Highlight Video

Drone Footage of where we'll be going in Thailand

Ben's reflections on WWP Bolivia

Holli's experience at WWP Bolivia

Hadassah's experience at WWP Bolivia

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