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Cost

$1750

$1575 Get 10% off with early bird discount

Travel Dates

13 May – 21 May, 2020

Compassion HQ

Manila

Early Bird Discount Until

11 Oct, 2019

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Payment plans available, email us to learn more.

Register your interest for Philippines

Register your interest for Philippines

Sample Itinerary

Every Insight Trip is a unique experience, from the people you’ll meet to the places you’ll go. Your trip’s itinerary is customised to meet the needs and interests of the final group of travelers, and you will get all the details with time to spare. In the meantime, check out the example itinerary below, based on previous Insight Trips to the Philippines. We hope it gives you a taste of what your Insight Trip will be like!

  • Day 1: Arrive in the Philippines
    Day 1: Arrive in the Philippines

    Welcome to the Philippines. Arrive at any time and make your way into the heart of the country, Manila. Amidst the hustle and bustle of this ever-expanding Asian city, take a moment to settle into your accommodation. There are no activities planned until the evening where you’ll get a chance to meet your fellow travellers from Australia.

    Stay: One night in Manila (accommodation details to be provided)
    Highlight: Meet and greet your team!

  • Day 2: Visit Compassion office in Manila
    Day 2: Visit Compassion office in Manila

    A visit to Compassion’s office in Manila is the best place to start your journey. Here, you’ll meet the local staff and get an overview of the ministry’s activities in the country. Conclude your tour of the office with a delicious local meal. After lunch, get ready to set off to a neighbouring island.

    Stay: Nearby accommodation
    Highlight: See how Compassion’s field office in the Philippines

  • Day 3: Child development centre in rural Philippines
    Day 3: Child development centre in rural Philippines

    Arrive at your first child development centre. Get ready to meet the bright and beautiful children in Compassion’s program. There’ll be plenty of laughter, dancing and playing but you’ll also understand more about Compassion’s approach to holistic child development. You’ll have an opportunity to meet the local church pastor and staff and be invited into some of the homes of precious children and their families.

    Stay: Accommodation on the island
    Highlight: Get to know Compassion assisted children

  • Day 4: Visit a Mums and Babies survival project
    Day 4: Visit a Mums and Babies survival project

    Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program touches every aspect of a child’s life from the womb to the workforce and often involves the prenatal and postnatal care of mothers and caregivers. Visit a Mums and Babies survival project and meet some of the mothers and caregivers supported by Compassion. In the afternoon, enjoy a moment of rest back at your accommodation.

    Stay: Accommodation on the island
    Highlight: Be exposed to Compassion’s work with mothers and caregivers

  • Day 5: Church service at Compassion’s regional centre
    Day 5: Church service at Compassion’s regional centre

    Join a local church service on the island and get exposed to a typical Sunday service in the Philippines. It’ll be a cultural and spiritual experience in itself. After the service, travel back to Manila where you’ll get an opportunity to share a meal with some inspiring young adults who were formerly part of Compassion’s program.

    Stay: Manila accommodation
    Highlight: Experience a typical Sunday service at a local church

  • Day 6: A day with Compassion sponsored children
    Day 6: A day with Compassion sponsored children

    Feel young again and share in the joy and laughter of Compassion sponsored children with the opportunity to visit a Manila tourist hotspot together. It’ll be a day to remember!

    Stay: Manila accommodation
    Highlight: Visit a tourist attraction in Manila with Compassion sponsored children

  • Day 7-8: Child development centre in urban Manila
    Day 7-8: Child development centre in urban Manila

    Manila is striving to balance economic expansion with grinding poverty but a visit to the child development centre in Manila will remind you of God’s transformative hope in the Philippines. Meet a local church partner and learn about the community with a home visit. Wrap up your visit with a teamwide debrief in the afternoon as you reflect and share in each other’s experiences.

    Stay: Manila accommodation
    Highlight: See Compassion’s ministry in Manila in action

  • Day 9: Depart Manila
    Day 9: Depart Manila

    The Insight Trip may have come to a close but it doesn’t have to end here. Choose to extend your trip at your own expense and indulge in the edgy galleries, indie music scene or haggle your way through the local markets in Manila. Otherwise, make your way back to the airport and bid Manila adieu. You might be leaving the Philippines, but the names and faces you’ve encountered will stick with you forever.

What's Included

  • All transport in Philippines
  • Twin share accommodation
  • All meals in Philippines (including bottled water)
  • Travel insurance
  • Sponsored child fun-day venue costs
  • Visits to any tourist attractions in itinerary
  • Preparing-to-go training material costs

What's Not Included

  • International flights (travellers are welcome to book their preferred flights with a local travel agent. If you require any travel advice, we are happy to assist through our designated travel partner)
  • Visa applications
  • Additional accommodation or travel costs (if you choose to extend your stay)
  • Vaccinations or immunisations (please seek relevant medical advice prior to leaving Australia)
  • Excess baggage fees
  • SIM cards, phone calls, laundry service or internet usage while travelling
  • Optional activities, additional snacks, mini-bar, shopping, gifts for your sponsored child or souvenirs

Important Information

  • Payment Process
    Payment Process

    You will be issued with two invoices to cover the total cost of this Insight Trip:

    1. Invoice one will be for the payments below. Each payment will be listed as a separate item on the invoice with its own due date.
      • Payment one: $300 per person, which is your deposit and must be paid by the due date on the invoice to secure your place on the Trip Insight.
      • Payment two: the bulk of the Insight Trip costs, due approximately six months before departure.
      • Payment three: the balance of your Insight Trip package, due approximately three months before departure (if you qualify for the early-bird discount, this balance will be reduced accordingly).
    2. Invoice two is for any additional costs related to visiting your sponsored child, and will be sent out one or two months before departure. If you do not incur any additional costs outside of the planned Insight Trip, you will not receive invoice two.
  • Traveller Agreement
    Traveller Agreement

    You will be provided with a Traveller Agreement, which includes all terms and conditions to be examined and confirmed prior to departure.

    Key aspects of this Insight Trip information include:

    • Child Protection
    • Media/Image capture and use
    • Health and Safety (including immunisations and pre-existing medical conditions)
    • Travel Documentation
    • Travel Insurance
    • Acknowledgement and Release
  • Cancellation Policy
    Cancellation Policy
    • Insight Trip deposits ($300 per person) are nonrefundable
    • Fifty percent of the Insight Trip cost will be required for cancellations less than three months before departure
    • One hundred percent of the Insight Trip cost will be required for cancellations less than one month before departure
    • Although rare, in the event that Compassion feels it is necessary to cancel a trip, a full refund will be given to all travellers