Many people live their lives waiting for the miracles to happen but few take the step to be the miracle. Make the decision today to be that miracle for someone else. Join the Nicaragua Sponsor Trip and be the miracle of love for your sponsored child. Our trip will take us into Managua, the grand capital of Nicaragua. Come see the beautiful volcanic mountains and the lush jungle terrain, as well as the beautiful smiling faces of the children in each center we visit.
Amongst the splendor of this country lies the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. However, this does not change the joy seen in the faces of these children. Join us as we visit the Child Development Centers in the rural and urban areas of Managua, to play with the children, meet their families, and learn more about them and their lifestyles. Meet with the dedicated workers of Compassion that make your sponsorship possible every day.
A full day is set aside during our tour for the main reason many of you sign up for such a trip – to meet your sponsored child and spend quality time with them. Along with a personal translator, you and your child will enjoy a full day of hugs and relationship-building which will create lifetime memories. Please prayerfully consider joining us on this adventure to Nicaragua!
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register immediately. 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 $2,220.00 is due no later than January 22, 2014.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $2,400.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami and Managua, lodging, all meals, travel within Nicaragua, 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.
Thursday, May 15: Travel to Nicaragua
We depart from Miami in the evening and arrive early enough to get settle and rest before our first big day in Nicaragua. Upon arrival we will check into our hotel and orient ourselves to the area and our staff hosting us during this trip.
Friday - Saturday, May 16-17: Getting to know Compassion Nicaragua
Our next two full days will be dedicated to learning more about the people of Nicaragua, visiting their families, playing with the children at the development centers, and learning the love of Christ through the little children. On these day’s we will have opportunities to share the VBS activities we will plan together in advance of the trip.
Sunday, May 18: Worship Together
Today we will worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, Nicaraguan style, at a church with which Compassion partners. What an amazing opportunity to share fellowship and give thanks. This afternoon the group will enjoy some sightseeing and shopping in a beautiful location.
Monday, May 19: Sponsor/Child Fun Day for those who sponsor a child they wish to visit
The day you have been waiting for have finally arrived. This day the child you sponsor will be brought to the area where we are staying and we’ll spend an entire day blessing, encouraging and playing with them. You and your child will be accompanied by your own personal translator, so language is not a barrier. This will be a day you won’t soon forget and that is likely to change you in ways you never expected.
Tuesday, May 20: We return to Miami for our return flights home
This morning we say good bye to the country of Nicaragua with hearts filled with incredible experiences and fully committed to sharing all we have learned with friends, family and anyone else who will listen when we return home.
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 $2,200.00 is due no later than January 22, 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. 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.