Join us on a tour to Quito, Ecuador and discover the unique beauty of another country and culture. You’ll have the opportunity to experience Compassion’s ministry from the Child Sponsorship Program, the Child Survival Program, the Leadership Development Program and Complementary Interventions. On this trip you will also learn more thoroughly about the community your child lives in, their home situations, the staff that teach and train them at the child development centers, the beauty of Ecuador and the reality of the impact of poverty on the lives of children.
As incredible as each of these experiences will be, we are confident your greatest moments of joy and transformation will likely come during your one-to-one interaction and special day you will spend with the child you sponsor. We’ll spend the day at a park where you can relax, talk, play games, and swim.
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.
Our Ecuador tours are very popular and tend to fill up very quickly, so if you are interested we encourage you to register today. 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, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $2710.00 is due no later than 12/17/2013.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $2990.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami and Ecuador, lodging, all meals, travel within Ecuador, 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.
Day 1: Our Journey Begins
Thursday, April 10: Today is a travel day and we will begin our adventures in Miami, Florida as we meet our fellow travelers and make our way to Quito, Ecuador!
Day 2 -3: Expand Your Heart to ALL
Today will be our first day of ministry together as we visit a Compassion Child Development Center to understand the realities of poverty and what is being done to release these children from the bondage of poverty. We will love on the kids and encouraging them.
We’ll spend these first two days in Quito, visiting other urban child development centers, playing with the children, learning their life style in the city, loving on their families and building treasured memories.
Day 4 & 5: Our Experience Continues
On Sunday, we’ll share in worship with our local brothers and sisters in Christ. We’ll meet the pastor and leadership who so passionately care for their community.
We’ll also visit some rural Child Development Centers and learn about the life-style of the people, join the children for games, learning, growing as we spend quality time within their community.
Day 6: Meet your Sponsored Child
This is your very special day when you’ll have the great opportunity to spend it with your sponsored child along with a personal translator. We’ll spend the day at a park where you can relax, talk, play games, and swim.
Day 7: Office Visit & Shopping
Today we will meet the amazing staff who help fight poverty every day in their home country at the Compassion Ecuador Country Office. Learn about the sponsorship process, and how your letter is translated then delivered to your child. In the afternoon we’ll take a stroll through the downtown historical square of Quito, Ecuador and enjoy some sight-seeing and souvenir shopping at the local market.
Day 8: Homeward Bound
With amazing memories in our hearts, we travel home to share the love and joy we have experienced on our great adventure to Ecuador!
*The details of this itinerary are subject to change slightly. Please be flexible.
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 $2710.00 is due no later than 12/17/2013.
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.