I know after reading all those letters and updates you are anxious to personally meet and interact with your child. What an amazing experience that will be! But there is so much more for you during those days in the Philippines. All 3 of Compassion’s core programs operate there; so you will get a broad understanding of this ministry you partner with. Seeing moms and babies in the Child Survival Program, then interacting with children in the development centers, and culminating with the university students in leadership development, gives you that thorough overview. You’ll also learn more about Complementary Intervention Funds as you see one of the ways they’re used. Another great part of our sponsor tours is the way you get to know the staff as well as pastors at several of our implementing church partners and centers. They have a heart and vision for the children and their families, working daily in spite of difficult situations. On this trip, we will create a vacation bible school program to share with the children. So you will be able to work with the Filipino tutors to share God’s love with the children in many different communities. It will be a beautiful life-shaping event that is likely to leave you forever changed for the good.
As you reread this invitation, please pray about the part God wants you to plan on the ministry team. It will change your sponsorship experience and enhance your view of His global church. You’ll come home eager to share your stories and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. But don’t wait too long. Spots are limited on this team, and they are likely to fill up fast. See you there!
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 $380.00 we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $3820.00 is due no later than 1/09/2015.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $4200.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Los Angeles and Manila, Philippines, lodging, all meals, travel within the Philippines, 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 Los Angeles, 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 more difficult because of long flights, major time change, and impoverished conditions. Also, there will be some walking, rides on bumpy roads, and long days.
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.
Days 1 and 2: Ready to Go
Sunday and Monday, April 19-20: We’ve all made our connecting flights to Los Angeles International Airport and are ready to go. Very early Saturday morning, our Cathay Pacific Airways flight takes off over the Pacific. Arriving in Hong Kong Sunday morning, we have time for a snack or to relax at the gate with our new friends. Then it’s time for the short flight to Manila. Arriving about noon, we make our way to the hotel. Before dinner we have a welcome and orientation.
Days 3 - 6: First Impressions and More
Tuesday - Thursday, April 21-23: As we visit our church partners and student centers, we learn about Compassion’s core ministries. We start with the Child Survival Program. Those babies and toddlers are the cutest, but it’s their mothers who impress us. Their testimony of the changes the dedicated staff is making in their lives is amazing. Their babies are getting the right start in life. Next our Child Development Center shows us how closely each individual child is monitored and encouraged. The steps involved in accomplishing their goals are impressive. When nearby families open their homes and welcome us in, we get a much better idea of daily life here. Then we conclude with our university students learning discipleship through the Leadership Development Program. Lastly a center at one of the churches gives us an example of applying Complementary Intervention Funds in a proactive supporting way. Yes, this all works, and children are being released from poverty in Jesus’ name. We will also have many opportunities to share a vacation bible school program, created as a team prior to our trip.
Day 7 and 8: Our Special Day
Friday and Saturday, April 24 & 25: On this trip, we will have two sponsor fun days, based on where the majority of the children live. When we meet our sponsored children, we make them kings and queens for a day. How can we even describe our feelings as we share the day together? Maybe we’re just sitting and coloring or chatting to get to know each other better. No matter what we do, it’s unbelievable. After lunch together, we share our gifts and pray as family units. Although we all have individual photos, we still want a group photo of our big Filipino family. Then it’s time to hug good-bye. Words cannot describe our unbelievable day.
Days 9-10: Sunday Worship and More Ministry
Sunday - Wednesday, April 26-29: You will always remember the times spent worshiping the Lord with our Philippino brothers and sisters in Christ. We will also have a chance to visit the Contact center. It is entirely staffed with former Compassion children and Leadership Development Program graduates; they provide accurate, high quality service to sponsors who call to ask questions about the ministry of Compassion. Before we turn our hearts home, we will spend one more day at a Compassion Child Development Center doing vacation bible school.
Day 11: Going Home
Tuesday, April 29: This morning finds us boarding our bus for the last time for our drive to the airport. Our Cathay Pacific flight takes us to Hong Kong. There we have time to shop for any additional souvenirs or snacks before boarding the long flight across the Pacific. Arriving in Los Angeles early in the afternoon, we say our last good-byes and continue home. We are definitely changed and ready to advocate for children. We are so thankful to be a part of God’s plan.
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 ScreeningOneSponsorTourBC 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, Protect My Ministry 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 $380.00 per person. The final payment of $3820.00 is due no later than 1/09/2015.
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.