Haiti is a country filled with brilliant colors and lush landscapes. Within its beauty, a stark contrast exists between the tropical appeal and the harsh realities of poverty and hunger. Compassion’s work in Haiti has spanned over 35 years, and this third sponsor tour to Haiti since the earthquake of 2010 will be both eye-opening and life-changing.
Haiti’s heritage is deeply entrenched in its culture. Visitors enjoy the open markets, rituals, and cultural dances. With its mountainous landscape and tropical climate, Haiti has the basic ingredients of a beautiful destination. You won’t want to miss this adventure! Along with experiencing the culture and expanding your worldview, you will have the unique opportunity to see exactly why Compassion has found a home among Haiti’s people.
Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and as such, carries the heartbeat of all that Compassion hopes to accomplish: releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name! The work of Compassion thrives as we partner with the Church to develop children into their full potential and encourage their dreams and talents. You play a huge part in the children’s lives, and we want to show you why. Join the tour and see for yourself! On the tour you will:
- Meet the child you sponsor through Compassion’s program
- Meet children who have graduated from the sponsorship program and are now attending local universities as Leadership Development Students
- See the most vulnerable of children being supported when you meet babies and their families in the Child Survival Program
- Hear from pastors, staff and the children themselves about their experience with Compassion
- Serve your heart out loving on the poor and being embraced by incredible people!
Sign up today! We’d love to host you on an incredible trip to Haiti!
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register by 12/20/2012. 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 $2415.00 is due no later than 2/3/2013.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $2595.00 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 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: Embarking on the Journey
We depart from Miami in the morning. Once we arrive in Haiti, we will check into our hotel and gather together for a time of orientation and prayer. We will have the Compassion Haiti staff join us so we can connect with them and hear their hearts for this trip. They are the dedicated “hands and feet” of Compassion’s ministry here in Haiti!
Days 2 & 3: The Impact of Your Partnership with Compassion
Our next two days will be dedicated to learning more about the people of Haiti. We will embrace time together with families as we meet them in their homes, and play with the children at the development centers. We will learn why Compassion is here, and how your commitment to the ministry is changing children’s lives. Be prepared to see the Child Survival Program, meet Leadership Development Students, and see the work of Complimentary Interventions in providing relief and development since the earthquake of 2010.
Day 4: Sponsor/Child Fun Day
Today you and your sponsored child(ren) will meet face to face and spend an entire day encouraging each other, playing together and connecting in ways you’ve never imagined! You’ll never forget today and neither will your child! This is what Compassion is ALL about – releasing kids to their full potential by communicating that they have value, purpose and are dearly loved. Your visit communicates those very significant truths in the heart of a child! Your heart will forever be changed by the experience as well!
Day 5: Visit the ministry headquarters in Haiti, sight-seeing and shopping
It is almost time to return home, but not quite yet. Today we’ll put the wrapping on our experiences this week by visiting the heroes who serve over 70,000 children through hundreds of local churches in Haiti, and who do so with honor and distinction. Later we’ll see some sights, and do a little shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
Day 6: Time to Return Home
Today we prepare to go home to our friends and families to share our amazing stories from our time here in Haiti. We’ll take time to debrief our experiences and encourage each other to continue to pray and intercede for Compassion’s children and the beautiful country we’ve all come to love!
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.
RESERVATIONSshould be made well in advance and require a nonrefundable deposit of $180.00 per person. Final Payment of $2415.00 is due no later than 2/3/2013.
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.