During the course of this incredible adventure we will explore the historic city and surrounding areas of Barranquilla - Colombia’s largest industrial, port city situated beautifully on the North Western coast. Barranquilla is home to one of the largest carnivals in the world and people travel from all over the world to celebrate here once a year. Barranquilla has a lot to offer both residents and visitors to the city, but along with it’s sights and wonders we will explore the reality of poverty in this booming, industrial city. The contradiction of poverty amidst the cobbled streets will create a deeper understanding of why Compassion is so committed to the children of Colombia and communicate how vivid the need is. Hope will rise as you see the smiles, hear the stories and witness the impact of the Church - the local hero in the community! Be prepared for a life-changing experience where you’ll have further opportunities to see all that Colombia and Compassion have to offer!
Get excited for the opportunity to:
- Spend an entire day with your beloved sponsored child at a fun venue
- Meet the children of Compassion, see the homes where they live and enjoy time with their families
- Meet the dedicated mothers of the Child Survival Program
- Be inspired by the incredible college students in our Leadership Development Program
- Engage with the committed and heroic country staff from our Compassion field office
There is most certainly a dreamlike quality to Colombia. Here at the equator, with the sun forever overhead, the earth beneath your feet, heart-stopping vistas in every direction and the warmth of the locals putting you at ease – you may find it difficult to leave. Partnering with Compassion will make this experience not only memorable but also deeply moving. Join our sponsor tour to beautiful Colombia today!
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register by 3/26/2012. 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 $2715.00 is due no later than 7/3/2012.
Please register now to complete the registration form online. If you'd rather register by mail, print the Registraton Form.
Price: The cost of this tour is $2995.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami 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, 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: Our Adventure Begins
Friday, October 19th: We depart from Miami on Avianca Airlines flight #3 to Barranquilla, Colombia at 3PM in the afternoon. With hearts ready for a grand adventure we board the plane with expectation and excitement. Upon our arrival we’ll meet the excited country staff and depart for the hotel and a good night’s rest!
Day 2-3: Engaging our Experience
Saturday, October 20th: In the morning we will visit a nearby Child Development Center and engage with the children who attend there. What an incredible opportunity to love on the children and share life together. Today will be all about understanding more of Compassion’s program and what part you play in rescuing children from poverty by partnering with Compassion.
Sunday, October 21st: Today we visit another project and have the opportunity to worship together with our brothers and sister in Christ at one of the may Churches we partner with in-country. During the afternoon we will meet the brave women and their beautiful babies from our Child Survival Program – this experience will remind you that we are not only developing children but intervening with education and care when children are most vulnerable – as infants. Interact and hear the hearts of these moms as you soak up quality time with the babies! Tonight we will hear from university students in our Leadership Development Program over dinner. Listen as they share their testimonies of how Compassion is changing their lives and developing future leaders.
Day 4: Day of Connection
Monday, October 22nd: Today you'll spend a very special day filled with laughter, hugs, stories and fun with the incredible child, or children, you sponsor. The Compassion staff has planned a day that you and your sponsored child will never forget. This is what you've waited for, so treasure every moment of this amazing day and be prepared for God to move your heart in ways you never anticipated.
Day 5: Bringing the Journey to an End
Tuesday, October 23rd: We depart in the morning on Avianca flight #2 at 10 AM and catch our connections home. We arrive into Miami at 2 PM and say goodbye to newfound friends as we prepare to share our incredible experience with our families awaiting us.
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. The final payment of $2715 is due no later than 7/3/2012.
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.