Destination: Guatemala
Date: Apr 26 – May 4, 2019
Price: $3750

This Exposure Trip is an exciting opportunity for you to see Compassion’s work firsthand and visit your sponsored child, while having a safe, yet rich, cultural experience. On this trip, we will visit several Compassion centres similar to the one your child attends, worship together with one of our local church partners, play games with lots of children and enjoy a local tourist attraction. We’ll journey into the heart of these communities – the homes – where you will learn what poverty looks like in the developing world and how your partnership with Compassion not only benefits your sponsored child, but that child’s entire family and community as well.

Best of all, you will have the opportunity to meet your sponsored child and spend a day together making unforgettable memories!

Join us on this Compassion Exposure Trip to Guatemala and see for yourself how your sponsorship is impacting your child’s life. We promise, when you return from this experience, you will never look at the world the same way!

Trip itinerary

Departure Travel to the country we are visiting

Our group will meet at the departure gate at the airport of our departure city. Here, you will meet your Compassion Trip Leader(s). Together, we will board the flight to begin our experience together! We will be met at the airport by staff from the Compassion National Office, who will escort us to our hotel and help us check in.

Office visit

If possible, we will have an opportunity to visit the country’s National Office. We will enjoy a tour and look at how the ministry operates, ensuring that assisted children receive the best benefits possible. A brief orientation of the country and how Compassion works here will be helpful to give us a good foundation. It will also be inspiring to meet the hard-working people who make it happen. Often times we may even meet staff who were formerly sponsored children.

Survival program

The Survival Program provides pregnant women and mothers of babies through age 1 with 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 program

The Youth Development Program works with sponsored teens, giving them the life and vocational skills that enable them to “graduate” from Compassion as responsible, self-sufficient young adults. We learn about how this program is making a difference.

Child sponsorship program

We will have an opportunity to visit a number of Compassion centres, where the staff will share the details about the Child Sponsorship Program, including how financial and child records are kept. We will learn about the Compassion curriculum, adapted to the country’s context, develops children in all facets of life; physical, educational, relational and spiritual. We will also have the opportunity to visit some of the children’s homes for a firsthand understanding of the obstacles they face because of poverty. It will be inspiring to hear from caregivers about the tremendous difference Compassion makes, not just for their sponsored child but for the entire family.

During these days, we will minister God’s love to the children by interacting and playing with them. They will be thrilled to meet us, and their laughter, smiles and hugs will be some of our favourite memories of this trip.

Complementary interventions program (CIV)

Because the needs of the children and families we serve often are outside the coverage of regular sponsorship benefits, the CIV fills this important gap! We might see a clean water project, or a new vocational training center for teens, or an income-generation program for caregivers–made possible by this important program that goes above and beyond sponsorship.

Sponsor/child fun day

Today will no doubt be the highlight of your trip! You will meet your child (or children) 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!


Our country hosts are proud of the country they call home. This 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 home. We will arrive in plenty of time to catch 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 $3,750 from Toronto. This includes round-trip airfare from Toronto, lodging (double occupancy) and all in-country meals, your travel in Guatemala, guides and translators during the trip, admission fees and administrative costs.

Additional fees

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

* If you need to arrange your own domestic flights to and from Toronto, please contact us for more information.

Child visit costs

A visit with one Compassion child is included in the cost of the trip. $200 per child will be added to your total when registering for visits with any additional children. Due to the geographical size of Guatemala, there may be an additional transportation cost in order for your Compassion child to attend Child Visit Day. Please contact your trip planner to find out if this applies to you.

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:

  • $156 for ages 0-59
  • $171 for ages 60-64
  • $204 for ages 65-69
  • $313 for ages 70-74
  • $326 for ages 75-79
  • Travelers 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 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 also requires all passengers on our exposure trips to undergo a Criminal Record Check to ensure the safety of both the participants on the trip and the Compassion staff and children we will be visiting. We have an easy 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.

Trip liability release

All those traveling with Compassion are required to read and sign a Trip Liability Release Form, explaining our responsibilities to you as hosts of your trip, your responsibilities to participate in the trip activities and to adhere to our Child Protection Policy. This policy exists to protect both you and the children in our care from any potential exploitation or harm. Once registered, you will receive a copy of these documents to sign and return to us.

Trip Planner

Liz Bergen 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

Tracy Smith

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