Did you know you could join Compassion on a fully guided tour to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, to visit your own sponsored child and their beautiful country? It’s true, and it’s here, just for you. Compassion has served in Colombia for 40 years, witnessing much progress in both the spiritual and cultural environment of the country, no longer bound to its tumultuous past. This tour is packed full of unforgettable moments. Colombia has the full list of Compassion’s programs from the Child Survival Program (CSP), assisting mothers and babies, the Child Development Program (CDSP), one on one sponsorship with young children, and the Leadership Development Program (LDP), one on one sponsorship with college students who are being raised up to lead in their country. The Complementary Interventions (CIV) activities, which address critical needs and work alongside the core programs, also benefit children in Colombia.
During our tour, we’ll visit and experience the centers just like the one your sponsored child attends, where the Compassion children receive the help, support, & love they need to grow up as successful and fulfilled adults. We will visit homes and be blessed by hearing the hearts of the caregivers and families of sponsored children. Children of all ages will share their testimonies and inspire us! The opportunity to spend a full day with your sponsored child, playing, getting to know each other, and creating lasting memories together, will undoubtedly be a highlight of this tour. You will be blessed to meet dedicated staff and translators, who make your sponsorship and the help of many children possible every day. You will certainly grow to love the country, the culture, and the people. Prayerfully consider joining us today!
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 $3,045.00 is due no later than Thursday, June 12, 2014.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $3,325.00 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 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.
Day 1 – Saturday, October 4: Arrival in Cartagena, Colombia
After meeting up in our gateway city of Miami, we’ll fly together to Cartagena!
Day 2 – Sunday, October 5: Church with our Compassion Family
Together we will join our brothers and sisters in Christ for worship at a local church partner. What a wonderful way to start our journey!
We will spend a relaxing afternoon doing some sightseeing, souvenir shopping, and visiting historical sites in the Old City.
Day 3 – Monday, October 6: Visiting a Child Development Center
Today finds us at our first Compassion child development center! Starting before birth, the Child Survival Program (CSP) educates mothers on nutrition, health, and best practices for caring for their babies. Mothers will welcome us into their homes and hearts!
Day 4 – Tuesday, October 7: Blessed by Interacting with More Children
Off to another center to witness first-hand how the program operates. Surely an exciting time awaits us to observe children in the classrooms, review children’s files, and learn about how Compassion works at the center through our Child Development Sponsorship Program (CDSP).
Home visits of Compassion beneficiaries round out the afternoon.
Day 5 – Wednesday, October 8: Serving Together
Today we return to yesterday’s student center to spend the day playing games and sharing crafts, sports, or a Vacation Bible School-style activity with the children! We may also have an opportunity to bless the children with a small service project.
Day 6 – Thursday, October 9: Christ in Action
Today we visit another center to interact with children and learn how our Complementary Interventions Program (CIV) comes alongside our centers to benefit children, the Church, and the community.
Tonight over dinner, Leadership Development Program (LDP) students will share dreams, fellowship & testimonies.
Day 7 – Friday, October 10: The CHILD VISIT FUN DAY!
Today may just be the highlight of your trip, as you have a chance to connect face to face with your sponsored child and spend a joyous day playing together & getting to know each other beyond words on a page. The hugs & smiles you share will need no interpretation, and each sponsor will have a personal translator.
Farewell Dinner to recap the amazing experiences of the past days.
Day 8 – Saturday, October 11: Departure from Colombia
With hearts brimming with memories, we say farewell to our friends and return home to share amazing stories with others. We pray that although the tour is ending, your experience will last!
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 $3,045.00 is due no later than Thursday, June 12, 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.