As an international ministry, you will soon discover that our roots grow deep throughout cultures, people groups, and languages. God’s heart beat for children continues to be the rhythm we sing to day after day. We hope you will join us on an adventure to the country of Dominican Republic, where the ministry of Compassion has been working for over thirty-five years, hosting all of Compassion’s core programs. We are humbled and blessed by the faithful people who serve God’s children through this ministry. We hope you can finish your summer off with a bang; and meet the amazing people of the Dominican Republic together with your fellow Interns! It will be a trip you will never forget!
Registration: This trip is coming up soon, so it is important to register now! Once we have received your registration along with a deposit of $180, we will confirm your place on the tour. The final payment of $1620.00 is due no later than May 4, 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 $1800.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Colorado Springs and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, lodging, all meals, travel within the Dominican Republic, 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 document before finalizing your decision.
Saturday, Aug 4th
We will all depart from Colorado Springs, for a day of travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Sunday, Aug 5th
The highlight of our day will be worshiping with our fellow brothers and sisters at a local Compassion partner church.
Monday, Aug 6th
See how the country office works! Today we will visit the office and meet the amazing Compassion staff that make it all possible. We will have an inside look at processes, and be able to truly piece together how our part at the GMC flows with the processes overseas.
Tuesday-Thursday Aug 7-9th
Tuesday through Thursday we will visit a variety of projects, from urban to rural, with a purpose to serve. With open hearts to all that God has in store for us and them, we’ll embrace a full week of activities. One day will be set aside to meet your sponsored child where you will be free to enjoy the day playing sports, games, food, and simply spending face to face quality time with your child.
Friday, Aug 10th
With memories and prayers in our hearts we will say good bye to our new friends in the Dominican Republic, to return home changed and ready to share all that God has done.
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 $180.00 per person. Final Payment of $1800.00 is due no later than 5/4/2012.
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. 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.