Peru will astound you with its diversity! From the Andean mountain range, to coastal deserts, to the beautiful rainforests of the Amazon basin. Peru is home to snow-capped peaks, giant sand dunes, flocks of bright tropical birds, and postcard-perfect vistas. Be sure not to forget the food – locals argue (without bias, of course) that it's the best in the world! Fresh flavors, colorful arrangements, and delicious spices will keep you coming back for seconds!
Our journey will take us to Chiclayo where big-hearted people eager to share their warmth, fervent gusto and deep joy for life will welcome you. It's no wonder, then, that the land of the Incas is one of South America's top picks for all types of travelers!
However, poverty is casting a shadow over the hope and sustainability of this beautiful land. 36% of the population is currently living under the poverty line. This is why Compassion has found a wonderful connection with the local Church here. Partnering with the Church, loving on the Peruvian children and empowering the community to experience freedom from poverty are the goal of Compassion's ministry. Child development is the vehicle for releasing these young ones from the grip poverty holds.
Come and be a part of it all on our sponsor tour to Peru this coming May! On this trip you will experience:
- Meeting the children who regularly attend Compassion's program as we visit multiple student centers.
- Enjoy a Church service with an Implementing Church Partner
- Spend an entire day with your sponsored child at a fun location for you both to enjoy!
- Meet Leadership Development Students who have graduated from our development program and are pursuing higher education at university in their home country,
- Serve, love, engage, and grow! There is so much opportunity to be stretched in your faith and encourage others.
Come and join fellow sponsors, dedicated staff, and committed Advocates as we see first-hand the miracle of the work of the Church in action! You won't want to miss it!
*Advocate Discount* This trip is offered at 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 9/21/2012. Once we have received your registration along with a deposit of $280.00, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $3320.00 is due no later than 1/14/2013.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $3600.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Miami and Peru, lodging, all meals, travel within Peru, 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: Our Journey Begins
Thursday, May 2: Today our group finally meet face to face at the Miami International Airport, our U.S. gateway city. After introductions we'll find a place to prepare ourselves for the adventure ahead of us!
Day 2-4: Connecting with Compassion's Mission
Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5: Our first couple days in country will be a time of refreshing from our journey and connecting with the foundations of Compassion's ministry in Peru. We will experience the culture, visit a student center and worship with a local Church…Peruvian style! The Church is the hero in the community and meeting these dedicated people will warm your heart and connect you with heart of Compassion's mission in country.
Day 5-7: Experiencing Compassion in Action
Monday, May 6 – Wednesday, May 8: Over the next couple days you will see first-hand how Compassion carries out it's program in country. You will meet the mothers of the Child Survival Program and hear their hearts for providing a loving and sustainable future for their little ones. As we visit more student centers you will have the opportunity to play with the children and enjoy their sweet spirits over games, bubbles, and soccer. Finally, you will meet the incredible survivors of Compassion's program…the Leadership Development Students. The young men and women have graduated form the sponsorship program and are attending local university here in Peru. Their testimonies will encourage and bless you!
Day 8: Sponsor Child Fun Day!
Thursday, May 9: Finally the day has arrived for you to meet the beautiful children you sponsor in Peru. Your child will travel with a family member and center staff member to meet us at a fun location. Here we will spend the entire day making memories together! Your translator will be with you every step of the way to help you communicate and connect with your children! This evening is our final dinner to close out our trip together and share our amazing experiences. What a special time to share as a new family before heading home in the morning.
Day 9-10: Cultural Day & Returning Home
Friday, May 10 – Saturday, May 11: It's important to fully understand the culture and community of the country where our children live! What better way then to enjoy its natural beauty! Friday will be spent embracing all the incredible things that make Peru a unique and beautiful place to visit. I have a feeling we'll all be leaving our hearts here when we return home. Saturday we return back to the Unites States to the friends and family awaiting us. Our stories and memories will continue to change us as we share them with those welcoming us 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 $280.00 per person. Final Payment of $3320.00 is due no later than 1/14/2013.
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.