Bolivia is a beautiful and diverse country! Bolivia boasts the most indigenous country of South America with 60% of its population being of pure Native American ancestry. Sometimes referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is one of the most "remote" countries in the western hemisphere. Stretching from majestic, icy peaks and the high-altitude deserts of the Andes to the exuberant rainforests and vast Amazon basin, Bolivia embraces an astonishing range of landscapes and climates. This ancient Inca civilization makes Bolivia a fascinating place to visit and encompasses everything that travelers find most exotic and mysterious about the continent.
Compassions’ work began in Bolivia in 1975 and has grown to support the needs of the local church and the development of children throughout the country. Alongside Bolivia’s vast beauty is the harsh reality of poverty and the toll it takes on its beautiful, indigenous people!
On this trip you will visit the cities of Santa Cruz and La Paz, exploring the country, embracing the kindness of the people and seeing the impact that your partnership with Compassion is making in releasing children from poverty. We will visit student centers, play with the children, visit families in their homes and enjoy a full day with your sponsored child!! Sign up now for the trip of a lifetime! Alongside fellow sponsors you’ll explore this beautiful and challenged country! Dive in…you’ll never forget this experience!
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register immediately. Once we have received your registration along with a non-refundable deposit of $280, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air tickets. The final payment of $2615 is due no later than 5/1/2014.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $2,895 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are airfare between Miami and Santa Cruz, all travel within Bolivia, return flight from La Paz to Miami, lodging, all meals, 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 domestic 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 tab before finalizing your decision.
Days 1-2 Arriving in Santa Cruz
We depart Miami for our adventure in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. We will have a direct, overnight flight to this beautiful and historic location. Upon arrival we’ll have time for some rest and refreshment before we gather as a team to prepare for the week ahead. This area of the country has experienced a lot of growth and expansion for Compassion’s ministry and we will prepare you for the adventure before us!
Days 3-4: Understanding your Partnership with Compassion
We will journey out on day trips to see the student centers surrounding this area. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions concerning letter writing, financial stewardship, and how Compassion implements our sponsorship program in country. Home visits, cultural presentations and time with pastors will round out your understanding of how we fit Compassion’s program to the unique aspects of poverty in this area in order to help children develop to the best of their ability.
Day 5: Journey to La Paz
We continue our journey to see more of this amazing country on a domestic flight to La Paz. This towering city boasts vistas of mountains and high altitude lakes. We’ll settle at close to 12,000 feet above sea level for our last couple of days in country. Exploring a new landscape and delving into new territory will round out our understanding of this diverse and wondrous place.
Day 6: Meeting your Sponsored Child
Today we have set aside time for you and your sponsored child to meet and be together! We’ll enjoy a fun day at a venue designed for both the young and the young at heart! This experience will connect you to the heart of your child and their family in a way you cannot even imagine! With family members, translators and child in hand, you’ll make memories for a lifetime!
Day 7: Debriefing our Experience
Today we will wrap up our visit to Bolivia with some shopping a few other in-country surprises for our team. We will be sure to debrief as a group before heading to the airport for our flight back to Miami. What an incredible week we’ve shared together!
Day 8: Returning Home
Our time to say good-bye has come. With full hearts, we return to the airport to fly home in the morning and will arrive back to Miami by 4PM on August 30th. What an incredible time we’ve shared together with our new international family! Welcome home!
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 Screening One Sponsor Tour BC 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, Screening One 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 $280 per person. Final Payment of $2615 is due no later than 5/1/2014.
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.
Airlines will frequently have flight changes that may interfere with your international connection from your domestic flight. Please understand that we are not responsible for any costs associated with airline changes as they are outside of our control. For this reason, we recommend allowing at least four hours between arrival time at the gateway city and the time the group flight departs the airport. We will communicate any pricing and itinerary 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.