Conscious Cuba strongly values cultural richness and diversity. We facilitate the opportunity to discuss commonalities and differences through meaningful interactions.
At Conscious Cuba, we redefine traditional vacations by tailoring programs that combine education with pleasure and social good with comfort. Our travelers will dive deep into culture and lives of Cubans offered nowhere else.
We will be traveling on a people-to-people general license given to Conscious Cuba by the United States Department of Treasury (OFAC). People-to-people licenses are issued based on the validity of a tour's cultural exchange. On this license total participation in the activities is required, in order to fully comply with the OFAC regulations. Conscious Cuba will provide every traveler with their tourist entry visa, and letter that authorizes participants to travel with conscious Cuba under the general license contained in part 515.572 (b) of the Cuban Asset Control Regulation (CACR). This letter is what each traveler will present to the United States customs upon arrival in Miami proving their legal travel to Cuba.
Meet the Team
President and Founder
President and Founder
Francis Harrison studied abroad in Cuba during her undergraduate studies in 2009. Little did she know that this experience would change her life forever.
During her time in Cuba she made deep connections and strong relationships with local Cubanos who showed and shared with her an experience of a lifetime.
Francis returned to the U.S. determined to enhance cross-cultural exchanges through the people-to-people program. Conscious Cuba was created with the intent to promote understanding from the ground up between two culturally and historically intertwined countries.
Laura Reeder is from Dallas, Texas where she works in development, marketing, branding, PR, and events. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and has been lucky enough to live all over the US and Europe. It only took one trip down to Havana with President Francis Harrison for Laura to be hooked on Cuba. Laura fell in love with the sights, 1950’s cars, music, food, but most of all the people. She is passionate about the Conscious Cuba mission to bring North American travelers down to Cuba for a real cultural exchange.
Denisse Cardenas-Coronado is a native of Charleston, South Carolina and a travel specialist and tour leader for Conscious Cuba.
During her studies at College of Charleston, she found a passion for traveling and learning about the diverse cultures of Latin America.
Her interest in social services lead to working with migrant farmworkers and their families on the east coast of the United States, advocating for children and families in their areas of need.
Her love of travel has brought her to the Conscious Cuba team as a travel specialist and guide helping you book your travel on our cultural exchange tours.
Devin is a passionate photographer, teacher, surfer, guide, and friend. He has traveled the world shooting, guiding, surfing, writing, and doing community service. He always tries to leaves each location with an understanding of a new culture and many new friends. With a diverse range of experience and knowledge Devin is mindfully engaged in wandering the planet and enjoys connecting both people and moments. Devin feels very lucky to have shared his experiences with the people he has met and can’t wait to meet you.