You are part of an incredible ministry that is making a difference in the beautiful yet developing country of Uganda and we’d love for you to see that in person. Compassion truly releases children from poverty in Jesus’ name so let’s rejoice together as we experience your investment first-hand. Our visit to meet the dedicated staff that oversees our work in Uganda will give us a history and foundation. We will also visit a student center to learn how the local evangelical church partners with Compassion to accomplish this amazing work. As we later meet the incredible leaders who are graduating it’s hard to believe that one day they were just like these children – in very similar situations. Together we can accomplish much for the Lord that will continue to change countries. If you sponsor a younger child we will have a special fun day for you to enjoy each other. Then the tour will hit a second with the LDP graduation celebration. LDP students still in university are enjoying workshops during the preceding days and you will also experience these workshops first hand as we join right in to learn and in some cases provide the learning during these leadership training workshops. Even if your university student isn’t graduating this year you will have a great opportunity to spend time with them during these days. Here is your chance to share your experience with these young people. Friday’s celebration will be unbelievable as we praise the Lord together at what He has done to bring them to this point and anticipate the changes they will go on to make to further develop this country we have come to love this week.
As you think about the fruits of your ministry, prayerfully consider joining our Uganda sponsor tour focusing on Leadership Development. But don’t delay; there are a limited number of participants for this special LDP focused sponsor tour, so you will want to reserve your spot as soon as possible. Come expecting to be changed as you leave something of yourself behind through hands on investment in the students we’ll meet and love and encouragement we will shower on children we’ll interact with as well.
Registration: Our trips fill up quickly on a first-come basis, so it is important to register as soon as possible. Once we have received your registration along with a deposit of $380, we will confirm your place on the tour and you may then purchase your domestic air ticket. The final payment of $3520 is due no later than 6/26/2013.
Please register now to complete the registration form online.
Price: The cost of this tour is $3900 per person for double occupancy
Included in our tour price are round-trip airfare between Washington DC (Dulles) and Kampala, Uganda lodging, all meals, travel within Uganda, 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 Washington DC (Dulles), 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, 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 document before finalizing your decision.
Days 1-2: Traveling
Sunday and Monday, October 13-14: KLM Airlines is ready to leave Washington DC Dulles late Sunday afternoon and we’re settled in our seats and ready for our African adventure. With a lay-over in Amsterdam we finally arrive In Uganda late Monday night.
Day 3: Getting the Foundation
Tuesday, October 15: As we sing and pray together with the Ugandan staff we realize our partnership is in good hands. These dedicated Christians have a calling on their lives to help the poor children and families of their country. Later an overview from the management team and a tour of the different departments helps us see the vastness of their work. How can they do so much with so little?
Day 4: Sure to Be Day to Remember
Wednesday, October 16: it’s finally going to happen – we’re meeting our sponsored child. The emotions are too much to explain. No matter how we spend our time we’re building a deeper relationship and that’s what makes Compassion sponsorship so special. Questions are asked and answered and now we know how to write more meaningful letters and pray specifically. Of course our day closes with a group photo and prayer time as family units. We can’t wait to tell our families and friends about our amazing day.
Days 5-6: Leadership Development
Thursday and Friday, October 17-18: University students involved in our Leadership Development Program are busy in workshops that further develop their skills and enhance their walk with the Lord. As we join in their activities and share our experience and expertise we are so impressed with their accomplishments and eagerness to learn. All of this from such very humble beginnings. Graduation day tops it all. The day is full and so are our hearts. When people ask us if sponsorship really works we now have the proof. Our partnership with Compassion and the local evangelical church does release children from poverty in Jesus name.
Day 7: Center Activity Day
Saturday, October 19: We’re off to a student center which is in full operation with hundreds of children. Visiting classes and sharing in their devotional time gives us a taste of what child development means. Interacting with them in crafts and sports we can picture them in a few years as fulfilled Christian adults. Thank God for godly pastors and workers who follow His calling to work with their communities.
Days 8-9: Finishing and Going Home
Sunday and Monday, October 20-21: Our last day in country starts with praise and worship the Ugandan way. They know how to sing, dance, and praise the Lord. Following the message and a brief time to get acquainted we enjoy a delicious lunch. Now it’s time to pack and get ready to transition home. Late tonight our KLM flight leaves and we cannot believe all we have experienced in such a short time. After another stop in Amsterdam and the flight across the water we land back in the US midafternoon Monday. It’s the same country we left but we are completely different. Our family and friends will notice and we are eager to share our experiences. God is amazing and we will never forget how He is changing lives and in turn changing countries. And we get to have a part in it called Compassion child sponsorship.
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 $380.00 per person. The final payment of $3520 is due no later than 6/26/2013.
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.