Why does Compassion offer Sponsor Tours?
Compassion International has been offering sponsor tours for over 25 years now, starting in 1986. It was born in the heart of our President Emeritus Wess Stafford because understood the transformational power of the sponsor/child relationship for both the child and the sponsor. As he pondered how to more deeply engage both the child and the sponsor in this relationship he concluded that a face-to-face experience would be best.
The main obstacle to providing such an encounter was sponsors not feeling comfortable planning their own international travel plans to a developing country and protecting the international staff in our Compassion-assisted countries from being bombarded with individual requests to meet a child. The conclusion to the matter is what we now know as a sponsor tour – a full planned, carefully designed, cross-cultural experience that is led by a trained international trip leader.
We receive requests weekly by sponsors wanting to visit their child. Some of these trips are personal trips, where the sponsor is planning their trip to the country on their own, and we help organize the visit with their child. This takes a lot of planning for that individual, and some prefer not to plan such a tedious trip, but still want to go visit their children and their country! And this is why we have created organized Sponsor tours.
The costs for the tour include all operational costs for the tours and visits team for on-going tour efforts that are never supplemented by sponsorships funds but, instead, through tour costs and pricing exclusively. To ensure that Compassion can consistently provide world-class, cross-cultural experiences for group travelers without using sponsorship funds, we also charge an administration fee to offset the cost of our full-time staff.
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