In the beautiful and diverse setting of Kenya, you will learn more about Compassion and how it operates in partnership with the local evangelical churches. You can read about it, can watch videos, and can even listen to other sponsors but nothing equals going and experiencing it for yourself. Meeting with mothers and babies that had absolutely no hope and seeing how wonderfully they are doing. We’ll follow that process of child development as we visit different centers. Seeing the children progressing both educationally and socially while getting spiritual training and being prepared to be economically sufficient shows us how Compassion and the church work together. Special needs arise as well as additional things like safe water and income generating activities for the parents. These will be visible to us as we learn more about Complementary Interventions. Leaving we make a mental note to remember that special fund when giving our monetary gifts. But we also need to see the conclusion to this process. Meeting university students who are in the Leadership Development Program as well as graduates of the sponsorship program convince us that this is the way to make a difference. Yes, it definitely does work! But wait – there is a very special child that drew us to this trip in the first place. That’s our sponsored boy or girl and they are waiting for their important day with us. It will be a full day of smiles, hugs, games, lots of talking, great fun, loads of photos, gift-giving, and delicious lunch. Our questions will be answered and the relationship solidified. Then the tears as we hug good-bye. We wrap up our time with devotions and sharing with the Kenya staff. They are the Compassion link around the world that brings it all together.
I trust you will consider this carefully and then prayerfully decide to join this Kenya tour the beginning of 2015. See you in Washington DC!
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 $380, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $3985 is due no later than 10/3/2014.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $4365.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Washington DC and Nairobi, Kenya, lodging, all meals, travel within Kenya, 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 Washington DC, passport, visa, 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 document before finalizing your decision.
Days 1 - 2: Beginning with Travel
Sunday - Monday, January 11-12: It’s time to begin and we’re ready. Our early evening KLM flight takes off from Washington DC headed to Amsterdam. We had time to make domestic connections and start getting acquainted. Now on the plane, there’s time after dinner to journal before going to sleep for the night. We arrive in Amsterdam Monday morning for our connecting flight down to Kenya. Arriving in Nairobi that evening we definitely are excited for what God has in store for us. We wonder as we check-in to our hotel if we will actually be able to sleep with all this anticipation.
Days 3 - 4: Starting in Nairobi
Tuesday - Wednesday, January 13-14: Orientation gives us a foundation for the days ahead. Both days we’ll visit child development centers around Nairobi. The staff shares their heart as we learn about their work in the community. Of course, it is such fun to interact with the children. The heart of the local pastor at each of these churches is evident as he shares scripture with us. These centers are in good hands.
Days 5 – 8: Enjoying the Rural Area
Thursday – Sunday, January 15-18: On board the buses, we head out of the city towards the east part of the country. This is so different from the urban area and we’re glad for the comparison. The staff at our first center helps us better understand Complementary Intervention funds, those special funds used in special projects and for emergency needs. The next day, Child Survival captures our heart at another center. We see now the difference this good start in life is making for the babies but also the difference tutoring and Bible study makes for the mothers. Saturday we get to see one of the development centers in full operation with all the children. So this is how the 4 core parts of the development program work to make the incredible difference in children’s lives. Visiting homes each day helps us better understand their daily life. Sunday we are blessed to praise and worship at one of our partner churches. With our hearts and minds full, we travel back into Nairobi to finish our tour.
Days 9 – 10: Finishing Well
Monday – Tuesday, January 19-20: Time with the incredible men and women in our Compassion Kenya office solidify this entire experience as questions are answered. Office tour shows us where our child correspondence is handled, how church partnership is formed, the administration of all details for Compassion’s work in the country, and the financial aspect. We can let the staff know how much their hard work means to us as we share some of our experiences this week. They are making a difference for sponsors as well as for their children and families. We saved the best till last. Child visit day is unbelievable as we finally hug our child in person. It’s hard to believe and we make the most of this very full day!
Days 11 – 12: Ending with Travel
Wednesday – Thursday, January 21-22: We tie it all up with a visit to the elephant sanctuary. What fun to see these animals up close! A special lunch and great shopping end our days in Nairobi. Now it’s time to board our KLM plane for the overnight flight to Amsterdam and then our connecting flight over the water to Washington DC. Yes, we’re back in the USA but we’re different people than we were 12 days ago when we left here. God gave us an amazing experience as we broadened our understanding of and commitment to Compassion and His work in Kenya.
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 per person. Final Payment of $3985 is due no later than October 3, 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.