The historic city of Quito is lined with beautiful plazas, 17th-century churches, and beautifully restored historic homes. Wandering the cobblestone streets surrounded by architectural treasures from Spanish colonial days is an inspiring way to delve into Ecuador’s past. You will travel further back as we visit the rural area of Riobamba. Beyond the cityscape, the rural landscape unfolds in all its startling variety. There are Andean villages renowned for their colorful textiles and sprawling markets, lush forests and jungles and the remote settlements of the indigenous people who initially made Ecuador their home. The daily market transforms Riobamba into a hive of commercial activity, when thousands of people from surrounding villages come to barter, buy and sell. They flood into town by truck, cart, donkey and foot, unloading impossibly giant loads and spreading out their wares along the streets. It’s a sight to behold! Our urban and rural experience will give you a full and complete picture of the old and the new in this extraordinarily diverse country.
Along with understanding the history and beauty of the country you will also learn about the work of Compassion. After almost 40 years of work with the local church we are seeing amazing changes in the growth and sustainable development of communities. Children are being released form poverty and you will see it with your own eyes! You will also see:
- The work of the Country Office in the city of Quito that fuels the training and growth throughout the country
- Leadership Development students changing their communities with the education they have received through Compassion’s program
- Young babies and mothers learning how to grow and be healthy amidst the harsh realities of poverty and thriving in local church community
- Children being transformed by the love of Jesus through local schooling and Compassion’s program
- Your sponsored child! You will have an entire day together to connect in deeper ways than you ever hoped or imagined!
I know this trip will change your perspective on the world, on the country of Ecuador and instill a passion for the poor as you partner with Compassion! Join us, won’t you? You will be blessed more than you can imagine!
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register by 2/22/2013. 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 $3240.00 is due no later than 6/8/2013.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $3520.00 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: Starting our Journey
Our mid afternoon flight to Quito will provide us both enough time to travel from home to Miami but also an early enough arrival in country that we get much needed rest for the adventure ahead. Once we arrive at the gate we’ll get to know each other and prepare for what God has in store!
Day 2: Compassion’s Program Firsthand
We’ll begin by understanding the work of Compassion’s program as we visit the country office and hear from the incredibly dedicated staff! Any and all questions you have about how our program is implemented, what our letter process looks like, reviewing financials and following the progress of the children – this is the place to hear the answers you’ve been waiting for!
Day 3-5: Learning and Serving
Our team will travel to the area of Riobamba to visit a variety of child development centers to learn how Compassion is developing the lives of children in this rural setting. Along the way we’ll have opportunities to provide vacation bible school type activities as a team, complete a needed service project in a local community and experience a typical day in the life of a Compassion child to better equip us with the knowledge and experience to appreciate the challenges they face.
Day 6: Child Fun Day
Anticipation has been building for our child fun day! Today, we’ll spend time making memories and building and even stronger relationship with our sponsored children. We’ll be back in Quito to meet the children at a fun location specifically chosen to make them confortable and have plenty of great activities for you to do together. A caregiver, project staff member and a personal translator will be with you as well to increase communication and bless your time together!
Day 7: A Little Relaxation!
Today is a day to absorb and unwind from all we’ve seen. To give some space and room for you to really process your experience, we will see some local historic sights and visit the outdoor markets! At our hotel this evening we will share all that is on our heart with out new family – the sponsors that you have shared your week with!
Day 8: Returning Home
We leave mid morning for our trip back to Miami and on to our separate connecting flights. What a great experience we’ve had together!
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 $3240.00 is due no later than 6/8/2013.
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.