Many children in need wonder if they matter. Poverty lies to them — telling them they are hopeless. Your relationship with your sponsored child replaces the lies of poverty with truth. And nothing speaks this truth more boldly than a face-to-face visit from you, your child’s sponsor.
Imagine the look on your child’s face when he/she realizes you have traveled miles just to see him/her! Your visit will help your child feel valued and loved. And on your trip you can spread this same message of encouragement to other children we will meet along the way.
When was the last time a vacation truly changed you or your family? Please join us on this Compassion Sponsor Tour to Colombia and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure that will change your life forever. On a sponsor tour, you’ll have the opportunity to:
- Grow spiritually as you connect with God’s heart for the poor.
- Join with other believers to bring God’s message of love and hope to children and the tutors who disciple them.
- Make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
- Discover the unique beauty of another country and culture.
- Personally share with your child that he/she is loved by you and by his/her heavenly Father, who has a unique plan and purpose for every child.
- Bond with your child in a new way during a “child fun day” at an exciting venue like a zoo or amusement park.
Most children dream of meeting their sponsor — the person who is changing their lives. You can make this dream a reality. This trip is sure to fill up quickly with sponsors just like you who have a vested interest in this part of the country, so be sure to register soon!
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register as soon as possible. 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 $2,965.00 is due no later than 7/15/13.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $3245.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami and Cartagena, 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 your local airport to 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.
Day 1: Arrival Colombia
We will begin our adventures in Miami, Florida as we meet our fellow travelers and fly to Cartagena, Colombia. An evening arrival will allow time for small introductions to the Compassion staff hosting the tour, and a restful night at the hotel.
Days 2: Cartagena
Spend this first day in Cartagena, visiting a Compassion Student Center, playing with the children, learning their life style, and loving on the families. In the afternoon we’ll travel to Barranquilla City.
Days 3-4: Barranquilla City
Worship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as we join a local Compassion affiliated church in the city. We'll also visit Compassion Student Centers, learn about the life-style of the people, join the children for games, learning, growing as we spend quality time within their community.
Day 5: The Day We’ve Been Waiting For!
We'll wrap up the tour by spending our final full day with your sponsored child, visiting a park, and accompanied by your very own translator. Spend this life-changing and unforgettable day enjoying and getting to know your child. Your heart will be full of treasured memories!
With this great adventure coming to an end, you will have wonderful memories in your heart as you travel home to share the love and joy you have for the people of Colombia!
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 $2,965.00 is due no later than 7/15/13.
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.