While it is true that the Dominican Republic continues to be a country ravaged by poverty, it also holds amazing promise. Many are coming to believe that with all of its troubles, this beautiful country holds some of the greatest potential to leave its history as a developing country behind to become a fully developed nation. The only thing standing in the way is the current generation -- what or rather who will the boys and girls currently enrolled in Compassion's programs become? What changes will they be poised to make? What is currently standing in their way and how can those obstacles be removed? This tour is designed to be short, yet high impact. Our journey will require us to come prepared to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the ongoing factors that create poverty and what can be done to reverse these factors. We will have the opportunity to learn what the everyday heroes who serve the children of the Dominican Republic offer them, and spend plenty of time encouraging them toward greater success.
This tour is designed to give you an opportunity to serve alongside other believers, but don't worry -- it will not be all work and no play! Each day will hold something new and will offer the opportunity to enjoy the unique beauty and fun this country has to offer, and, of course, you will also spend an entire day with the child/children you sponsor here. So take a moment to ask the Lord what part He wants you to play on this tour and then sign up today. Spaces will fill up fast, so be sure to register today!
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register by March 25, 2011. Once we have received your registration along with a deposit of $180.00, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $1,695.00 is due no later than July 18, 2011.
Please register now to complete the registration form online. If you'd rather register by mail, print the Registraton Form.
Price: The cost of this tour is $1,875.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami and the Dominican Republic, lodging, all meals, travel within the Dominican Republic, tips, your child's travel, guides and translators during the tour, admission fees, departure tax and administrative costs.
Costs not included in the tour price are transportation to and from Miami, passport and incidentals such as snacks, additional beverages, laundry, phone calls, film and other personal items. You may want to bring extra spending money for shopping at the local markets.
Safety and Preparation: This tour will be moderate in difficulty because of impoverished conditions. Also, there will be some walking, rides on bumpy roads, and long days. We will have a light work element in this tour.
Compassion constantly monitors the safety of our destination countries and will make any adjustments necessary to protect our tour participants, sponsored children and in-country staff. We believe it is important to provide safe, comfortable accommodations, traditional meals and reliable transportation so that your focus can be on what God is teaching you and the impact of the experience rather than concern for your personal safety and well-being.
Please read the Tour Conditions and General Information document before finalizing your decision.
Day 1: Our Journey Begins
Thursday, Nov. 3: Armed with passion for the ministry and prepared to invest, our journey begins as we make the trek from Colorado Springs to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Once in country we will meet our hosts for this exciting adventure!
Days 2-3: Expand Your Heart
Friday & Saturday, Nov. 4 & 5: Over the next two days we'll dive deep into the country to learn not only about the factors that contribute to the realities of poverty, but how Compassion's investment in the lives of the children living here can change the future of their country. We'll visit several local Compassion-assisted child development centers and a Child Survival Program to learn how these programs point children to the part the Lord has for them to play in the transformation of this nation. Our time here will not be mere observation; we'll learn as we minister together to the children and those who serve them.
Day 4: A Day None of Us Will Soon Forget
Sunday, Nov. 6: Today you'll have the opportunity to deepen your relationship with the child/children you sponsor. We'll have a whole day to laugh, play and build memories.
Day 5: Visiting the Compassion Field Office and a Child Survival Program
Monday, Nov. 7: This morning we will travel to the Compassion Dominican Republic office to participate in their weekly devotions. Then, we will take a tour of each division to learn how Compassion works operationally in country. On our way to the airport we'll have time for a brief shopping trip for those eager to bring gifts and souvenirs home with them. We depart later this afternoon to return to the United States.
In order to ensure our children's protection and determine eligibility to travel with Compassion, we now require all travelers (over the age of 18) to complete a criminal background check to ensure the safety of the children in our programs.
Please visit ScreeningOneSponsorTourBC to complete your online background check at the time of registration. If you are unable to complete this online, please contact us and we will send you a paper form for you to fill out and return. Compassion uses a third party vendor, Protect My Ministry to process background checks. The results of your background check are confidential and all personal information is encrypted and secure.
RESERVATIONS should be made well in advance and require a nonrefundable deposit of $180.00 per person is due by March 25, 2011. Final payment of $1,695.00 is due no later than July 18, 2011. Trip price is based on dormitory style accommodations, single rooms are not available on this trip.
AIR TRANSPORTATION and FUEL SURCHARGES
Air transportation as included in the tour is based on economy-class transportation and is subject to all rules and regulations governing these fares. Fuel surcharges are added on a per-ticket basis at time of confirmation. In the event these surcharges are increasingly higher than budget estimates, we may require additional funds to cover these surcharges. We will communicate any pricing changes immediately.
In the event that you need to cancel your trip, please refer to our cancellation policy below:
All deposits are nonrefundable.
Fifty percent of the tour cost will be required for cancellations 59-31 days prior to the sponsor tour.
One hundred percent of the tour cost will be required for cancellations 30-0 days prior to the sponsor tour.
Only written cancellations accepted.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL reserves the right to adjust or alter any travel program when necessary or desirable for the protection, safety or improvement of said travel program, or when local conditions do not permit operation as published. COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL reserves the right to accept or deny participants application at its sole discretion.
RESPONSIBILITY: COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide you with the travel services you purchase. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. In the absence of negligence on our part, we are not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenses arising out of injury, accident or death; damage, loss or delay of baggage or other property; or delay, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset, disappointment, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental, resulting from (1) the act or omission of any party other than COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL or its employees; (2) mechanical breakdown, government actions, weather or other factors beyond our control; (3) failure to obtain documents, passports, visas and health certificates valid through the date of reentry, when required, in which case a cancellation charge will be assessed; (4) failure to follow instructions including but not limited to check-in and checkout times and baggage handling; (5) cancellation or change for any reason in the travel services offered; and (6) medical or health problems or physical disabilities. COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL reserves the right to cancel or alter the travel services at its discretion, except as otherwise noted herein. In the event of change, COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL will try to substitute comparable services; in the event of complete cancellation by COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL, we shall refund all monies paid to us. COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL will not be responsible for any other cost incurred by participants.