Did you know you could join Compassion on a fully guided tour to El Salvador to visit your own sponsored child and their beautiful country? It’s true, and it’s here, just for you. This week long trip is packed full of moments that will be unforgettable. El Salvador has the full list of Compassion’s programs from the Child Survival Program, assisting mothers and babies, the Child Development Program, one on one sponsorship with young children, and the Leadership Development Program, one on one sponsorship with college students who are being raised up to lead in their country.
On this specific trip we’ll visit the centers just like the one your sponsored child attends, where the Compassion children receive the help, support, and love they need to grow up as successful and fulfilled adults. Meet your own sponsored child, and spend a full day playing, getting to know each other, and creating lasting memories together. Also meet our dedicated staff in El Salvador that makes your sponsorship and the help of many children possible every day. Only a week in country and you’ll have grown to love the country, the culture, and the people. Join the adventure today
*Advocate Discount* This trip is offered at a 20% discount for Compassion Advocates. Discount spaces are very limited, and are on a first-come first-serve basis.
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register by 3/26/12. 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 $2470.00 is due no later than 6/27/12.
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 $2650.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Dallas 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 Dallas, 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.
Day 1: Arrival to San Salvador, El Salvador
Saturday, October 13: After meeting at our gateway city, Dallas; we will jump on a plane together for an adventure to El Salvador.
Day 2: Church with our Compassion Family
Sunday, October 14: Together we’ll join our brothers and sister in Christ for a morning of worship at a local church; followed by an afternoon of sightseeing to learn more about the country.
Day 3 - 5: Witness the Compassion Programs
Monday, October 15 - Wednesday, October 17: For the next three days we will meet some amazing people. We will visit the Compassion Centers to experience their classrooms and activities, play with the children who attend there, see their homes, and even meet their families! Interacting with the teachers and volunteers who are responsible for the amazing impact in the children will leave you in awe. You will also learn about the role Compassion plays in each community and the role you play as a sponsor!
Day 6: The CHILD VISIT DAY!
Thursday, October 18: This is the day we’ve all been greatly anticipating - the day we meet our sponsored children! We will spend a full day playing with our children in a fun and interactive setting. Before you only had letters and prayers to connect, but now you are face to face with a personal translator and the connection between your hearts can be life-changing!
Day 7: Compassion Office Visit
Friday, October 19: Last but definitely not least, we shall meet our Country Staff who work so hard to make Compassion possible in El Salvador. We will meet everyone from the translators who write your letters to the Project Facilitators who help support the centers where your children attend.
Day 8: Departure from El Salvador
Saturday, October 20: With hearts full of memories and prayers, we say good bye to the people we’ve grown to love and depart for home to share the amazing stories and pictures! May your experience not end here but rather last and impact many others!
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 $2740.00 is due no later than 6/27/2012.
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.