Come see first-hand the impact your sponsorship is having on the life of the child you support here in El Salvador. This may be out of your comfort zone, but the child you sponsor is awaiting you on the other side of that comfort zone waiting to be known and loved face to face. And if that isn’t enough, you’ll meet many other children who are full of promise and possibility yet they live ever day with the very real impact of poverty that threatens to wipe them out all together. But, lest you think this is all about them, just wait. More frequently than I can even tell you, sponsors return saying, “I had no idea what a big difference I was able to make by just showing up, smiling and loving on children but the bigger lessons was what they taught me.”
This incredible tour will give you the opportunity to know with certainty that your contributions are solidifying change in the heart of a child and the development of this poverty stricken country. Make no mistake that God is moving here and your partnership is entrusting further change in His Kingdom plans for the “least of these.”
So come on, step out of that comfort zone and join us as we roll up our sleeves and serve together and walk away with a new perspective on El Salvador and its incredibly beautiful people! Sign up soon because these tours fill up fast and we don’t want you to miss out on this incredible experience!
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register by 11/24/2011. Once we have received your registration along with a deposit of $180.00, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $2245.00 is due no later than 2/1/2012.
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 $2425.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami and El Salvador, lodging, all meals, travel within El Salvador, 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.
Thursday, May 24:
We will begin our adventures in Miami, Florida as we meet our fellow travelers and fly to San Salvador, El Salvador. An evening arrival will allow time for small introductions to the Compassion staff hosting the tour, and a restful night at the hotel.
Friday, May 25:
This first full day in country we shall visit the Child Development Centers in the area of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. We’ll take the opportunity to meet with the families in the community, and learn more about their life style.
Saturday, May 26:
This will be the BIG DAY! The day your child will be brought to San Salvador to meet you! The whole day is dedicated to your time with your sponsored child. You will be accompanied by a personal translator to make your communication the least of your worries. A day of fun at the park is planned, along with lunch and snacks for you and your child to enjoy together.
Sunday, May 27:
We’ll worship together with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in El Salvador at a local church. The music in El Salvador is beautiful, so get ready to be amazed!
Monday, May 28:
We’ll wrap up our visit in El Salvador with a tour of the city, sightseeing, and souvenir shopping for our friends and family back home.
Tuesday, May 29:
With great memories in our hearts and stories to share with many, we’ll say good bye to our friends in El Salvador and depart for Miami.
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 $2245.00 is due no later than 2/1/2012.
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.