Our invitation is out and you are considering it. What can be more compelling than thinking of your sponsored child just waiting for you to come and visit them? They live in these difficult circumstances and you are their hope for a promising future. Their prayer is that someday you will come and meet them in person. In addition to spending an incredible day with the sponsored children, you will learn so much about Haiti and how Compassion impacts the country - all the way from Mamas with babies and toddlers involved in our Child Survival Program, to graduates of our program and university students in our Leadership Development Program. To see these in operation and hear their testimonies is proof that sponsorship is working. Of course it works so well because everything is administered by the local evangelical church. They are there living and working in these communities so they know the people. They are dedicated to making a difference and changing Haiti with the Lord’s help and your partnership. Then we see for ourselves how special funds given to Complementary Interventions are used for income generating activities, water purification, age appropriate Bibles, and many others makes us want to do even more. Of course there were Disaster Funds used for recovery from the 2010 earthquake and we can see that work still going with more to be done. You will be blessed meeting the dedicated staff who administers Compassion’s work and they will be so encouraged by your words and actions.
Read the accompanying details and then pray if this is the right time for you to make a trip of a lifetime. Your child is waiting and you will be blessed.
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register as soon as possible. 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 $2410 is due no later than 7/19/2014.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $ 2,590.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, lodging, all meals, travel within Haiti, 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 domestic 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.
Day 1: Starting the Adventure
Monday, November 10: Our domestic travel is completed and we are in the Miami International Airport ready to get this adventure started. Midafternoon our American Airlines plane takes off and we are filled with wonder. Wonder about all we will see and experience and how God will use it. Our short flight is completed as we land in Port-au-Prince. Yes, we’re actually in Haiti! Loading luggage on the van, we board our bus for transfer to the hotel. Check in completed and time to settle in our rooms. During dinner we have orientation and welcome to the country.
Days 2 and 3: Experiencing Compassion Firsthand
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11 and 12: Off to learn about Compassion’s core programs we’ve read about and supported. Hugging those sweet babies, we can’t imagine what their early life would be without the Child Survival program. Testimonies from the mothers help us understand their literacy classes and Bible study as well as learning how to care for their babies and toddlers. Visiting one of the development center offices show us the meticulous care the staff takes with each child making sure they get the most out of their program. As the specialist shows and explains their Complementary Interventions, we definitely understand the value of these special funds that are used to help support additional needs. Interacting with the students gives us such hope for them and their future contribution to Haiti.
Day 4: Our Special Day
Thursday, November 13: Is it really our special day? We thought it would never come and now we’re off to meet our sponsored child. What will it really be like? After playing, enjoying a delicious meal, sharing our hopes and dreams together, it’s time to give our gifts. Now parting words of advice, prayer, and a group photo bring it to a close. With hugs, waves and lots of tears, we go our separate ways but none of us will ever forget today. At dinner tonight we realize it was beyond our wildest dreams.
Day 5: Bringing It All Together
Friday, November 14: Starting with devotions with the gifted Compassion country staff, our hearts are filled to overflowing with God’s amazing goodness. Then a tour of the office, complete with further explanations, ties it all together so we can go home prepared to share the real story. Of course we have to have gifts and souvenirs to take home so after lunch it’s off to shop and then finish with a stop at the grocery store. Tonight for dinner some incredible young people join us for dinner. Some have completed Compassion’s program and others are university students involved in the Leadership Development program. Absolutely, child development through sponsorship works. We have seen it firsthand!
Day 6: Finishing the Experience
Saturday, November 15: Our time together has flown by and we have experienced so much. Now we need to take it home and share our stories with those we come in contact with. May God give us the words and the opportunity to make Haiti and Compassion’s work come alive with what we saw firsthand. As our afternoon American Airlines flight takes off, we look out over the Caribbean and are humbled at everything we experienced this week. God has done a mighty work in us and we are the ones that were blessed by 5 days in Haiti.
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 $2410 is due no later than July 19, 2014.
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.