Once known as the Pearl of West Africa, this very narrow country sandwiched between Ghana and Benin has 40 different ethnic groups. Gaining their independence from France in 1960, 1/3 of the people still live below the international poverty line of$1.25 per day. This trip will give you the opportunity to learn about your sponsored child’s culture, visit some of our implementing church partners, and enjoy the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean on the southern coast. Besides getting an overview of the uniqueness of our ministry there, you will spend a full day with your special child building a solid relationship.
Why not prayerfully consider joining this sponsor tour? As you return an advocate for children you will be so glad you did.
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 1/24/2012. 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 $3705.00 is due no later than 3/28/2012.
Please register now to complete the registration form online. If you'd rather register by mail, print the Registraton Form.
Price: The cost of this tour is $4085.00 per person for double occupancy.
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Dulles International Airport (Washington DC) and Togo, lodging, all meals, travel within Togo, 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 Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, 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 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: We Made it to Togo
Saturday - Sunday, July 14-15: Mid-day Saturday our Ethiopian Airlines flight takes off from Washington DC Dulles with a brief layover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Arriving in Lome just after noon on Sunday, we immediately transfer to our hotel. After settling in our rooms we come together to divide our supplies for the children at the various centers we visit. During dinner tonight we’ll have orientation for the week and get better acquainted.
Day 3: Compassion Togo
Monday, July 16: Our first activity is to visit Compassion’s Togo office and meet the dedicated people who oversee our work there. This gives us the basics on the ministry and answers to our questions. After a tour of the office we share lunch with the dedicated staff and get to know them personally.
Days 4-5: Time at the Student Centers
Tuesday - Wednesday, July 17 - 18: Church members who are called to serve and trained for working with the children are at the student centers eager to share their vision with us. A tour of the center office shows us how the records of each individual child are detailed and thorough plus finances are carefully tracked. Children are there with smiles, hugs, and lots of enthusiasm. All of this brings the pieces of Compassion Togo together into one big picture. We’ll also learn about Complementary Interventions and the essential part these funds play in supporting the core programs. During dinner one evening we will be joined by local pastors who eagerly share their desire to reach their communities for Christ. What better way to release children from poverty in Jesus name and make a difference in their countries than through Compassion’s teamwork.
Day 6: Why We Came
Thursday, July 19: All our sponsored children join us for a memorable day of activities, laughter, photos, hugs, and deeper relationship. There’s nothing like seeing that photo from your fridge come to life in Lome complete with hugs and smiles. After gifts, group photo, and family prayer time we have to tearfully say good-bye. These special memories will last a life-time!
Day 7: Glimpse into Daily Life
Friday, July 20: Visiting homes we have a chance to see a glimpse of daily life in Togo. What does it mean to be a poor mother or father in this part of West Africa? After lunch we can shop for souvenirs to take home and relax by the beach. During our farewell dinner we can share about our life-changing experiences during this week and how we can take it home.
Days 8 and 9: Returning Home
Saturday and Sunday, July 21 – 22: Noon on Saturday we start our journey home as Ethiopian Airlines takes off for Addis Ababa. With enough time for a cup of strong Ethiopian buna (coffee) we head out towards the Atlantic. Early Sunday morning we arrive back in Washington DC Dulles and our connecting flights home. We quickly realize that we’re different after our Togo experience and are eager to share that with family and friends. Speaking up for children is now our major concern.
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, 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. Final Payment of $3705.00 is due no later than 3/28/2012.
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.