It’s hard to remember that Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere when we’re looking into the faces of the beautiful children. Their smiles capture our hearts. As we visit our church partners and see their dedication and service to their communities we’re inspired. What a joy to meet the center staffs and see them work with their children. Of course the basis for our time in Nicaragua was given during our visit to the country office and now we’re learning first-hand how the program operates. Even though this is a very short trip, don’t worry that the most important part will be cut short. No – we’ve planned a nice fun day for you with your sponsored child. You relationship will be so different and special now because you personally spent time together.
I trust that you will consider this opportunity, pray about it, and then if the Lord leads commit to join us in June. You won’t regret it. We said we were going to be a blessing but flying home we realize we are the ones that received the blessings.
*Advocate Discount* This trip is offered at a 20% discount for Compassion Advocates. Discount spaces are very limited, and are on a first-come first-serve basis.
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register by 11/23/2012. Once we have received your registration along with a deposit of $180, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $1920 is due no later than 3/10/2013.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $2100.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami and Managua, Nicaragua, 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.
Day 1: The Time Has Finally Come!
Wednesday, June 26: Early this evening our American Airlines flight leaves Miami giving us an early arrival time in Managua. Driving to our hotel we quickly confirm that this is a large city – the 3rd largest in Central America. One quarter of the Nicaragua population live here in the capital. Arriving we settle into our new home for the next few days.
Day 2: Learning More About Our Ministry
Thursday, June 27: What a privilege to share devotions and sing praises with our Compassion staff in Nicaragua. They not only know the programs so well but also have servants’ hearts in working with our implementing church partners. This is truly making a large difference with the pastors and helping them reach their communities. After lunch with the staff we get to see and hear firsthand about this as we travel to a child development center. Such excitement over our visit. Besides seeing the child folders and learning about the operation at that level we will hear a short presentation from the children. Some older young people will share their testimonies with us at dinner tonight.
Day 3: Our Most Important Day
Friday, June 28: What a joy to finally hug our children! This is even better than their best letters! No matter what we find to do – lots of activity or sitting together – it’s a day of memories. You’ll have a translator with you for the day to help with any language difficulties. Your family unit will eat lunch together and then you can share your gifts. A group photo at the end of the day is another way to keep this amazing day in our hearts. As you pray a blessing and farewell over your family we go our separate ways.
Day 4: Wrapping It Up
Saturday, June 29: Off to a child development center where that church partner and staff will explain how they used CIV funds for special purposes. Complimentary Intervention Funds are special funds requested and used in unique situations to enhance the overall program. Yes, even in such a short time we are learning so much. Going back home we want to share our experience with friends and family. One way to keep that reminder is with gifts and souvenirs. Shopping this afternoon gives us that opportunity. Tonight we share our memories and then talk about taking it home.
Day 5: Going Home Sunday, June 30: Early this morning our American Airlines flight leaves Managua for our return to the US. The noon arrival in Miami gives us plenty of time for connections home. Or maybe you prefer checking into a hotel for some days. You want some quiet time near the beach reflecting on all the amazing things God showed us in our few days together. Regardless our lives are changed and we’re ready to tell our stories.
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 per person. Final Payment of $1920 is due no later than 3/10/2013. .
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. 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.