Of course you have questions and concerns about what it means to travel around the world with Compassion! Let’s address some of the biggest barriers to a sponsor trip:
Is this the best way to spend my money? Should I just send it to the field?
Many children in poverty hold a deep-seated belief that they are insignificant, powerless and hopeless. But nothing says “You are special, valued, significant and powerful” quite like a visit from a child’s sponsor. Joining a sponsor trip demonstrates the profound value of and a lasting commitment to the heart of your child! When determining whether to give financial gifts or visit in person, know that both have wonderful outcomes. However, the immeasurable gift of meeting your child is an indescribable experience — for both you and your child.
I’ve never traveled out of the country before, and it makes me nervous.
Compassion trips intentionally place you in areas where the need is real and the impact is life-changing. With the expert leadership of seasoned, local staff, we travel around the globe safely and with purpose. Sponsor trips are a world-class, safe and guided experience to your child’s world.
We do everything possible to ensure your health and safety on a Compassion trip, and our staff has gone through extensive training to make sure you have an incredible experience.
I don’t know how I would come up with that much money.
The reality is, most people don’t just have the money lying around for a Compassion sponsor trip. Many people who go on sponsor trips actively fundraise and ask their friends and family to donate to cover the cost of their trip. This can be anything from running a race that their friends sponsor to doing a simple lemonade stand with their kids. You might be surprised by how generous and supportive people will be to help you fund this powerful trip.*
*Donations made by others to help cover the cost of the trip are not tax-deductible. Please inform anyone who gives toward your trip that this is the case.
Can I bring my family and my children?
Yes! We even encourage it! We have seen entire families’ lives changed on sponsor trips as each member finds their understanding and appreciation of different cultures growing — all while drawing closer to God and his call to minister to his children. Please keep in mind that each member of your family must be physically and emotionally healthy and that children must be 10 years or older to travel on a sponsor trip.
Do I have to sponsor a child to attend a sponsor trip?
No, sponsor trips are open to the public, and anyone can attend. We have to warn you that you will probably want to sponsor a child with us before your trip is over!