Destination: Colombia
Date: Feb 15 – 23, 2020
Price: $3300
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Participating in an Exposure Trip is an exciting opportunity for you to have a safe and rich cultural experience while visiting your sponsored child and experiencing Compassion’s work firsthand.

On your trip, we will visit several Compassion centres similar to the one your child attends. We will worship together with one of our local church partners, spend quality time with children and enjoy a local tourist attraction. We’ll be welcomed into the homes of locals—in the heart of the community—where we will see what poverty looks like in lower -income communities across the globe. You will see firsthand how your partnership with Compassion not only benefits your sponsored child, but their entire community. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to spend a day with your sponsored child making special memories.

We are excited because this trip will have a special focus on how Compassion is using the sport of soccer to make a positive difference in the lives of children in Colombia!

Join us and see firsthand how your sponsorship is impacting your child’s life. We promise that you’ll never look at the world the same way again!

Trip itinerary

Departure

Our group will meet at the boarding gate at the airport of our departure city, where you will also meet your Compassion trip leaders. Upon arrival, staff from the National Office will meet us at the airport and escort us to our hotel.

Office visit

Availability permitting, we will have an opportunity to visit the country’s National Office. We will participate in a tour of the ministry, an orientation of Compassion and an overview of the country itself. Often times we may even meet staff who were formerly sponsored children!

Survival Program

The Survival Program provides mothers of babies from birth through age one with the resources and training they need to ensure that their little ones survive and thrive during the first days and months of life. We will have an opportunity to meet some moms and their babies and learn how the program has impacted their lives.

Youth Development

Compassion’s Youth Development activities focus on working with sponsored teens, giving them the life and vocational skills that they need to help them graduate from Compassion as responsible and self-sufficient young adults. We’ll learn about how these activities are making a difference in the community!

Child Sponsorship Program

We will have an opportunity to visit a number of Compassion centres, where centre staff will share more details about the Child Sponsorship Program. We’ll learn about how the Compassion curriculum—adapted to the country’s context—develops children in all facets of life: physically, educationally, relationally and spiritually. We will also have the opportunity to visit some of the children’s homes for a firsthand understanding of the obstacles they face due to poverty. We’ll hear from caregivers about the difference Compassion makes in their family’s lives. During these days, we will also have a chance to share God’s love to the children by interacting and playing with them!

Complementary Interventions Program (CIV)

Because the needs of the children and families we serve sometimes fall outside the coverage of regular sponsorship benefits, the CIV program exists to fill the gap. We will have an opportunity to visit a clean water project, a new vocational training center for teens, or an income-generation program for caregivers!

Sponsor/child fun day

This day will be the highlight of your trip! You will meet your child at a local recreation area and spend the day together playing, getting to know each other, taking photos and exchanging gifts. Although your time will fly by, the experiences you have that day will forever change both of you!

Sightseeing and shopping

Our country hosts are proud of the country they call home. This part of the trip is an opportunity for us to experience some time of sightseeing and shopping. We will learn about the country from a different perspective and enjoy visiting local artisan shops to purchase unique handcrafted souvenirs and gifts for family and friends back home.

Returning home

It will seem like we have just arrived in the country when we have to return to the airport for our flight back home. We will arrive at the local airport in plenty of time to catch our flight home, where family and friends will be eager to hear our stories of how God is working through Compassion–one child at a time!

Additional information

The cost of the trip is $3,300 from Toronto, plus insurance and child visit costs. The base cost includes round-trip airfare from Toronto, lodging (double occupancy), all in-country meals and travel, guides and translators, admission fees and administrative costs. Please see below for important information regarding additional costs not included.

Please note, the cost to visit a child is not included in the trip cost above. For each child you request to visit, there will be an additional cost dependent on the child’s location. If you have any questions about this cost before registering, please contact us at fieldexperience@compassion.ca or 1-800-563-5437 ext. 608.

Additional fees

Domestic travel to and from your departure city*, your travel insurance (must be purchased through Compassion), passport, tips, traveller incidentals (snacks, additional beverages, phone calls and other personal items) will be the traveller’s responsibility. Please bring spending money for shopping at the souvenir market.

* If you need to arrange your own domestic flights to and from the departure city, please contact us at fieldexperience@compassion.ca for more information.

Child visit costs

Please note, the cost to visit with a Compassion child is not included in the price of this trip. Because of Colombia’s geographical size and the logistics of in-country travel, there would be a significant cost for a child to attend sponsor/child fun day. For detailed costs based on your child’s location, please contact us at fieldexperience@compassion.ca or 1-800-563-5437 ext. 608.

Travel insurance

Travel Insurance provided through Compassion is mandatory for all Compassion travellers and must be purchased in addition to the cost of the trip regardless of existing coverage.

Insurance prices

  • $130 for ages 0-69
  • $280 for ages 70-74
  • Travellers 80 year of age or older, please contact us for insurance rates.

Air transportation information

Air transportation included in the trip 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 purchase. In the event that these surcharges are higher than budget estimates, we may require additional funds to cover them. We will communicate any pricing changes immediately.

Other documentation

Criminal record check

Compassion Canada requires all passengers on our exposure trips to undergo a Criminal Record Check to ensure the safety of the trip participants, Compassion staff and the children we will be visiting. We have a simple and secure method for facilitating the Criminal Record Check using myBackCheck.

The cost of the Criminal Record Check is included in the cost of the exposure trip. Once registered, you will receive a link to complete your check.

Travel release

All those travelling with Compassion are required to read and sign a Travel Release form. This form explains our responsibilities to you as the hosts of your trip, as well as your responsibilities to participate in the trip activities.

Once registered, you will receive a copy of this document to sign and return to us.

Code of Conduct

All those travelling with Compassion are required to participate in a Child Protection overview and then to sign our Code of Conduct. This policy exists to protect both you and the children in our care from any potential exploitation or harm.

Once registered, you will receive more information about completing this requirement.

Trip Planner

Liz Bergen

lbergen@compassion.ca 1-800-563-5437 ext. 195

Your trip planner is Liz, who is experienced with planning international travel and is happy to answer your pre-trip and registration questions! Our trip leaders spend the majority of their time working in other capacities in Compassion Canada, so Liz will be your main contact during the time before your trip, and will make sure you have the information you need to be fully prepared for your journey.

Trip Leader

Alicia Lanza

Your Certified Trip Leader is Alicia Lanza. She is familiar with leading Exposure Trips and has the cross-cultural training to guide you through an incredible, immersive experience! Alicia will prepare you and your fellow travelers each day for the journey ahead of you. Whether this is your first international trip or you are a seasoned traveler, Alicia will manage the logistics and details of the trip so that you can wholeheartedly enjoy the experience!