Burkina Faso is a beautiful country located in the heart of West Africa. Although this country is dazzling in it’s elephant and wildlife preserves, grand markets, and majestic waterfalls it is also a place where poverty has a hold on the people! The Church here is thriving, however, and we would like to introduce you to the staff, volunteers, and the pastors that make it all possible with the incredible partnership you, as sponsors, provide! We’ll see the development centers, we’ll be a part of service elements, we’ll hear the testimonies, we’ll hold of the hands of strangers and walk away changed!
Understanding the program, seeing other aspects of Compassion and learning the specific needs, goals and passions that the Church and staff have for their people will become contagious in your own heart. The relationship is key! Not only with your child but with the children and staff we encounter. All of those relationships will tie this trip together for you. You will walk away forever changed by the experience!
Be assured, your partnership is making a difference not only for the children we meet but especially for your very own sponsored child! During the course of the tour you will also have an entire day to play, hug, laugh with and continue building the life-long relationship you share together Please prayerfully consider joining us as we spend time in Burkina Faso with Compassion!
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to immediately. Once we have received your registration along with a deposit of $380, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $2895 is due no later than 10/18/2013.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $3275 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between New York’s JFK International Airport and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, lodging, all meals, travel within Burkina Faso, 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 New York’s JFK International Airport, 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: The Start of our Adventure
Our travels begin with an overnight flight to Paris, France, with a mid-morning direct flight on Air France to Ouagadougou. Our late afternoon arrival gives us time for a good night's rest once we arrive! After dinner and a brief orientation we can prepare for the days ahead!
Days 2-3: Understanding Compassion's Programs
Over the next couple days we will opportunity to visit the Country Office and learn more about Compassion’s field partners, what their goals are and what growth they are seeing. We will also visit student centers and the dedicated staff members that work with our children. We will see the issues the centers face and how your partnership is empowering the staff to intervene in issues of vaccinations, HIV/AIDS support and vocational training
Days 4-5: Interacting with Compassions’ Children >br /> We will experience the student centers in full swing for the next 2 days! We’ll play games, sing songs, serve snacks/meals and spend a quality time visiting centers just like the one where your sponsored child attends. We will visit student centers in rural and urban settings so you have a full picture of how the center operates, how we track the development of each child and how we are accountable in budget and objectives. Al for the purpose of releasing children from poverty with your help!
Day 6: Child Fun Day!
Today is the day you’ve been anticipating since you signed up for this tour! Your sponsored child is the reason you have traveled all the way to Burkina Faso! We will spend a wonderful and fun day with our sponsored children, a member of the staff at the center where your child attends, and a personal translator to accompany you so communication is easy for you both! Our fun location will give you plenty of options to have fun and connect on one of the most memorable days you and your child will ever share!
Day 7: Absorbing More Culture
We don't want to leave the country without souvenirs and remembrances of our time here, so it's off to the village craft market before packing to head home tomorrow. We’ll visit a few cultural sites to help you remember not just the children but the beauty of the country as well. Tonight’s dinner we will share our experiences together as a family to solidify them in our hearts!
Day 8: Worshiping with Our Church Partners
This morning we will worship alongside one of our many heroes in the field…our Implementing Church Partners! We have been invited to share in music and preaching from a Church that is committed to reaching the children in it’s community. Hearing the heart and the vision of the pastor will connect you to the ministry of Compassion as you meet and see it’s local heroes stand up and share what they hope for every child in their Church body!
Day 9: Homeward Bound
We leave this evening on Air France for an overnight flight back to Paris and then on to New York. What an incredible trip this has truly been!
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 $380.00 per person. Final Payment of $2895.00 is due no later than 10/18/2013.
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.