Ghana is one of Compassion’s newer countries having just opened in July 2005 but is growing rapidly. Currently they have well over 32,000 registered children in 141 student centers. You will get to see Compassion at work as we visit some of those centers and meet the people who personally impact the lives of sponsored children. Time with the Compassion Ghana staff will tie it all together for you and it will be a huge blessing and encouragement for them. Of course the main reason you travelled all the way to West Africa is to personally meet your sponsored child face-to-face. What a fun and memorable day as you play and interact, as you visit and learn more about each other, and as you pray together. Smiles and hugs abound with memories that never fade.
We have shortened this tour so it’s more affordable, less time away from home, and non-stop flights from New York to Accra. Hopefully this makes a difference for you. So please prayerfully consider joining us on this life-changing tour. Your child will be so thankful you did.
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register by November 23, 2011. Once we have received your registration along with a deposit of $380.00, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $3615.00 is due no later than February 23, 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 $3995.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between New York’s JFK Airport and Ghana, lodging, all meals, travel within Ghana, 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 New York/JFK, 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 a little more difficult because of long international flights, time change, and 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 1-2: Welcome to Ghana
Sunday and Monday, June 10-11: After introductions in New York’s JFK Airport we’re off on our evening Delta flight across the Atlantic. Arriving Monday noon in Ghana we immediately check in our hotel, enjoy the afternoon, have dinner and orientation, and combine our supplies and equipment.
Day 3-5: Learning Compassion in Ghana
Tuesday through Thursday, June 12-14: We start our day with the Ghana Compassion staff at their office. Musical praise and devotions together give us some idea of the real experience of our time in this West African country. Have your questions ready as they give us an overview of the ministry and tour of their office. Their dedication is evident and we catch their excitement. After lunch we get our first view of what a student center is. Two more centers are eager to welcome us on the following days. At one of them we’ll learn about Complementary Interventions and how these funds are used to supplement our programs. We’ll even have opportunity to visit nearby homes to catch a glimpse of daily life in this part of Ghana. Late one afternoon we can do our best to help the local economy as we shop for gifts and souvenirs.
Day 6: The BIG Day!
Friday, June 15: Today we meet our sponsored children. Our Ghana staff has planned a wonderful day for you and your child to spend together. Whether you’re talking, playing, laughing, or just sitting quietly together, it’ll be a time you’ll never forget. You can plan on lots of photos and hugs.
Day 7: Working Together
Saturday, June 16: Today we have an adventure as we spend the day at a student center filled with excited children and dedicated staff. After observing their normal routine, we’re off with our arts, crafts, and sports equipment. This is our chance to share with them as we teach, play, and serve them lunch. Thrilled but tired we head to the hotel for dinner and reflection.
Day 8: Worshipping Together
Sunday, June 17: One of our partner churches which oversees a student center is waiting to welcome us to their worship service. As we sing praises to our Lord and read scripture together our hearts are open and ready for the pastor to share his message. After lunch we learn more about the country our children call home as we spend time at a museum. We try to absorb all we can before sharing our impressions on our way back to the hotel. At dinner tonight we’ll have opportunity to share our thoughts and feelings about our time in Ghana as we prepare to transition back to our homes and regular life.
Day 9 and 10: Final Visit and Traveling Back Home
Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19: We end our final student center visit with some light service work and a time of prayer together with the staff. During lunch we’ll talk about getting from Africa back to the US and then we have time to pack and relax. Our Monday evening Delta flight takes us back across the ocean and arrives early Tuesday morning in JFK Airport. The people of Ghana have touched us deeply and we return with a stronger commitment to release children from poverty in Jesus name.
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 $380.00 per person. Final Payment of $3615.00 is due no later than February 23, 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.