Come to Colombia on a Sponsor Tour! Join us and meet other sponsors with your same heart who want to experience the love of the children, and walk away with a new perspective on Colombia and its incredibly beautiful people! On this trip you will learn more thoroughly about the community your child lives in, their home situations, the committed staff that teaches and trains them and the reality of the impact of poverty on the lives of children.
To enhance your understanding of the local context in Colombia, we will visit Compassion Student Centers just like the one your sponsored child attends and visit homes of sponsored children. Together, we will also serve the implementing church partners we visit and meet some of the amazing Leadership Development Program Students who will share their inspirational stories of transformation with us.
This incredible tour will allow you to see how you are helping to change the life of a child and give them hope for a brighter future. You will have the opportunity to know with certainty that your contributions are solidifying change in the heart of a child and helping them grow in Christ and fulfill the dreams and ambitions. God is moving in Colombia and your partnership is ushering in His Kingdom plans for the "least of these."
And sure to be a highlight, you will spend an unforgettable day with the child you sponsor. As you share together, play together, laugh together you will get know them and they will get to know you. We hear from 1000’s of children every year how desperately they desire to meet their sponsor. Will you be an answer to their prayers! Step out today and register for this tour. On this incredible trip to Colombia I know you will come home with rich memories, deep friendships and a heart stirred to share your experiences with others. See you soon!
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 deposit of $280.00, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $2770.00 is due no later than 10/30/2013.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $3,050.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami, Florida and Colombia, lodging, all meals, travel within Colombia, 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, Florida, 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.
Saturday, February 15
We will begin our adventures in Miami, Florida as we meet our fellow travelers and fly to Bogota, Colombia. A midday arrival will allow time for lunch at a local restaurant, some sightseeing and a restful night at the hotel.
Sunday, February 16
Today we will spend the morning worshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ at a local partner church and Student Center – and we’ll experience an incredible and vibrant service together!
Monday - Wednesday, February 17-19
Spend these next few days visiting Student Centers, playing with the children, learning about their life style and community, and loving on their families. You will join the children in playing games, learning about their curriculum and just have fun with them. You will meet the amazing pastors and staff that work together to give these children a hope for a brighter future.
Thursday, February 20
We’ll wrap up the tour by spending one of our last full days with your sponsored child, visiting a park, and making precious memories of your dream fulfilled. And, believe it or not, you are an answer to your child’s most fervent prayer, which is to meet you! You will also be accompanied by your very own translator.
Friday, February 21
This morning you will meet the Compassion staff at the Compassion office in Bogota and learn about the wonderful work they do to serve the children and their families in Colombia. We will spend the afternoon shopping at a local market for your very special souvenirs.
Saturday, February 22
With our hearts full to the brim, we will travel home, back to our families and friends, and share with them the amazing trip you have just experienced!
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 $280.00 per person. Final Payment of $2770.00 is due no later than 10/30/13.
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.