27 Jun – 10 Jul, 2019
28 Jan, 2019
Experience once. Remember forever.
Compassion Insight trips offer you the opportunity to explore the road less travelled. You will meet new friends, and experience life in another part of the world. You will come face to face with God’s work through His local church and Compassion, ministering in areas of debilitating poverty—and you will be forever changed by the experience.
Tanzania: Home to Africa’s highest point, Mt Kilimanjaro, and the world-famous Serengeti National Park, Tanzania is filled with natural wonders. Despite relative peace and stability, many people still live in poverty, and maternal and child mortality rates are high. But with Compassion, local churches across the country are reaching out to those most in need. Come and see the incredible difference they’re making in changing hearts and lives.
“I have recently returned from a field trip to Tanzania and met my sponsored child. What an amazing blessing to us both! Compassion is truly an amazing organization.”
—Marisa Silicato Lavermicocca
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 Tanzania. We hope it gives you a taste of what your Insight Trip will be like!
Day 1: Depart Sydney, Australia for Arusha, Tanzania
There’s anticipation in the air as you connect with the group at Sydney Airport, swap stories of wrestling suitcases and say goodbye to your loved ones. Your trip leader meets you at the departure lounge and makes sure the group sticks together.
With plenty of time, you take the chance to stretch your legs, and then get to know the group with a cuppa. Before you know it, you’re buckling your seat belt, checking your travel pillow, and watching Sydney Harbour drop away beneath your feet. You breathe out slowly. You’re off to Tanzania!
Day 2: Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania
It’s been an epic journey. You’ve bonded with your fellow travellers, and, after many hours, you’ve bonded a bit too closely with your seat. As exciting as it is to touch down in Arusha, you’re longing for a shower … and some sleep.
The air smells different here; the night is cold at this elevation. Compassion Tanzania staff greet you with big smiles and bottles of water. You pile into a minivan and head for the hotel, where you are very grateful to lie down and close your eyes.
Day 3: Compassion Tanzania office, Arusha
Compassion Tanzania staff are waiting for you after breakfast, and as your bus weaves and crawls through the city traffic, you stare out the window, soaking it in. Snow-capped Kilimanjaro seems to always loom at the corner of your vision, no matter which way you’re facing. You joke about it to the local staff and they say, “The only way to escape the mountain is to climb it.” Hmmm. Maybe that’s an adventure for the next trip.
You pull up outside the Compassion Tanzania building. The office is awash with activity, which seems to ripple behind you as each team greets you, shares a laugh and describes its role, and then gets back to the task at hand.
Compassion Tanzania National Director Agnes Stanley Hotay welcomes you and gives a brief overview of poverty in Tanzania and Compassion’s work in her country. Her genuine passion for her staff, the Compassion assisted children and the call God has placed on her life to serve them is contagious—you can’t wait to get out there and see the local church in action.
Day 4: A child development centre in an urban slum of Arusha
Arusha is a rapidly growing city, but many people who have moved here in the search for work haven’t been able to find it. Urban slums are a grim reality of life here—basic services like sanitation and fresh water are difficult to find, unemployment high and incomes low, education and medical support hard to access.
As you enter the slum, local staff give you some basic advice—be friendly and polite, don’t ostentatiously take people’s photo—and you’re soon lost in the maze of closely packed shanty homes and mud streets.
You hear the local church’s child development centre before you see it. Children shout a song of praise at the top of their lungs, lined up at the entrance. The church’s humble walls shake with the sound.
The children welcome you with song, dance, drama and speeches. Their talent is only surpassed by their enthusiasm, and it’s easy to forget the desperate circumstances so many of them face outside of these walls. Only when your group walks back through the narrow alleys to the bus do you remember that most people here are fighting to survive on less than a dollar a day.
Day 5: Visiting homes in Arusha
You return to the same centre for a second day with the children, joining them in classes, playing games, serving their lunchtime meal.
In the afternoon, you walk to visit Gideon, one of the sponsored children, in his home with the centre staff. A gaggle of children follow you. You enter Gideon’s tiny home and greet his father. They have lived alone ever since Gideon’s mother died in childbirth. As his father shares a little of their lives together, Gideon sits quietly; he smiles shyly when you ask him questions about school and his plans for the future. He says he wants to be a police officer. A picture of his sponsor is tacked to the wall above his bed. When you ask his father what is the best support he has received from the church and Compassion, he points to the stack of books in the corner. Gideon is very bright, very clever, he says, his eyes shining. Now that he can go to school and study, his future is open—before, it was a closed door that had no key.
Back at the hotel, in your debrief of the day, you share about Gideon and his books, and the blessing of a hard-working, loving father. As you go to bed, you say a prayer for them both—and for the doors to their future to be thrown open wide.
Day 6: Church in Arusha
Sunday in Tanzania means church! Hundreds of people pack into the small brick building and spill out into the street. There’s colour and movement everywhere—bright dresses, children running, people stamping, clapping and singing. And so much dancing! You do your best to keep up, laughing at the others in the group as together you shuffle and stumble until your calves ache.
After a marathon church service, you share lunch together. It’s heart-warming to see Gideon and some friends scampering around. They wave and call to you and giggle when you take their photo.
Day 7: A day at Arusha National Park
After such an exciting start to the trip and action-packed schedule, you’re happy for a day to relax and explore—with a day trip to Arusha National Park! It’s a short drive from the city and your guide is full of chatter and interesting insight as you check out the famous Ngurdoto Crater and crane your neck to look for giraffes.
In the evening, you’re content to laze around with a book. It’s been an uplifting but demanding few days. You feel pulled in different directions emotionally and it’s good to sit and rest, and slowly begin to ponder and process the things that God is placing on your heart.
Day 8: A day at the Child Survival Program
You drive to the outskirts of Arusha to visit a Child Survival Program. The buzz of the city gives way to a semi-rural setting. The church is quiet. When you arrive, the registered mothers are gathered in small groups, bouncing their babies on their knees and discussing a Bible passage. Your group spreads out and sits, not wanting to interrupt.
After prayers, the mothers break and come back to the mats on the floor with you. Lots of smiles and nods—and cuddles!—and then the instructor begins sharing about bathing a baby, using a doll and a small plastic tub. She gives the mothers the opportunity to practise and ask questions.
A few of the mothers share their testimonies of daily life before and after they became involved at the church, with a simplicity that belies their hardship. They emphasise their sense of belonging to the program, the peace that prayer now brings them, the hope that they have dared to dream over their babies. It seems fragile, this hope, but later, as you think about it and debrief with your group, the picture that comes to you is of slender saplings—bending with the wind but not breaking, putting down unseen roots.
Day 9: A day at the Child Survival Program
Still not used to the chaotic traffic, and it’s almost a relief to head back to the outskirts of the city. Today, you walk around with Glory, a Child Survival Program worker, as she visits the mothers in their homes to follow up yesterday’s lessons about the importance of good hygiene.
You visit Unati, a young mother who lives alone with her two sons after her husband took a job as a builder’s labourer in the middle of the city. He occasionally sends some shillings but doesn’t get to travel back to see his boys much. The boys—roughly four and two—are restless, and you’re happy to play with them as Unati and Glory talk about their progress and the difficulties of life as a single parent in this neighbourhood.
On the way back to the church, Glory shares how important it is to visit Unati and the other mothers regularly in their homes, where they feel more comfortable to share their joys and struggles. Unati is coping well with her husband’s absence, Glory tells you, smiling, and you get a glimpse of the depth of her concern for the women she loves so much.
Day 10: Visit Dokta, your sponsored child
The day you’ve been waiting for the most, ever since you saw the Tanzania Trip on the Compassion website and thought, “I wonder…”
You’re a little nervous but very excited as you drive out to Dokta’s neighbourhood. Two fellow travellers from your group also sponsor children at the same centre, and you chat about the children and how long you’ve sponsored. It’s actually a wonderful thing that you’ll get to visit them in their homes; from what your field experience coordinator has told you, it isn’t always possible logistically.
He’s standing right at the front of the group when you arrive, and runs to meet you. Some of the other children are very shy, but Dokta throws his arms around your neck. He’s a bright and funny eight year old who clearly loves being the centre of attention. His mother—tall, strong, open-faced—shakes your hand. Her broad smile shows where he gets his humour from.
You play at the centre with him and then walk to his home. He shows you his chickens and your photo and a stack of your letters on his shelf. You’ve brought him a soccer ball as a gift and he immediately yells to other boys crowded around the doorway and they dash outside.
His mum shares how your support has helped her family to buy chickens and earn a little money to supplement her wage as a market worker. Dokta’s father was injured in a road accident and hasn’t worked for months—but your gift has meant they can send Dokta’s younger sister to school as well. What a difference a small gift can make!
Day 11: A Fun Day at the park
Three hundred children playing games in an open-air park? Sounds like fun! Your group invites all of their sponsored children, as well as all the kids from local centres. It’s chaos of the best kind, and Dokta loves it.
The children run and play and share a meal. Your fellow travellers are right there, playing and laughing, sitting and chatting on the sidelines with the local workers and Compassion Tanzania staff. It’s a wonderful day, and as Dokta hugs you goodbye and promises to write, you know it’s one you will never forget.
Day 12: Debrief Day
As your trip winds down, you spend the day as a team, discussing all that you’ve seen and done (or as much as you feel comfortable sharing, anyway) and talking about what to expect as you travel home. As you laugh and cry and pray together, you look around the room and feel blessed to have had met such friends on the journey.
Your field experience leader reminds you that you need to buy souvenirs for your friends and family! Fortunately the staff have organised a trip to the local markets, where you can browse and wander, soak up the atmosphere and buy a few small items for your loved ones back at home.
Your last dinner is with the Compassion Tanzania staff who have been your constant companions throughout. As you say goodnight, you struggle to think of the right words to thank them for all they’ve done for the group. They’ve served in a joyful spirit and an utterly selfless way and they accept your thanks graciously.
Day 13: Depart Arusha, Tanzania for Sydney, Australia
And just like that, a dozen life-changing days later, it’s time to head for the airport. You’re torn as you board your flight: on one hand, overjoyed to be going home to your loved ones; one the other, sad to be leaving the country and the children that have imprinted themselves on your heart.
Day 14: Arrive home!
What a feeling to see your family, and give them a huge hug after two weeks away. You’re tired but eager to share your experiences. You say goodbye to the group as some of them head for the domestic transfers desk and another short flight. You’re happy you will speak to them again soon as part of your debrief.
You rest your head on the back of the car seat and gaze out the window at the streets of your home town. It’s so similar to Arusha and yet so different. One thing’s for sure: it might not have changed in the past two weeks, but you certainly have.
Compassion Tanzania in pictures
- Return international economy class airfares from Sydney
- Travel Insurance
- All in-country transportation costs
- All costs associated with visas
- All in-country accommodation based on twin share
- All in-country meals including daily bottled water
- Sponsored child fun-day venue costs and visits to any tourist attractions
- Preparing-to-go training series, to help you get the most from your experience
Each Insight Trip cost is subject to airfares and exchange rate fluctuations. The final price will be advised once airfares have been confirmed (approximately six months prior to departure).
Your Australian Field Experience leader will be:
David Zammit, Field Experience Coordinator
Compassion staff for nine years. Coordinated short-term missions for more than 20 years as Board member of various international missions organisations.
"I love leading Compassion Field Experiences, as I see transformation and empowerment in others to make a real, lasting difference in this hurting world!"
David Zammit will play a key role in preparing your group in the weeks before you set off on your trip, and ensure you have opportunities to get to know each other.
The group will also be hosted by local Compassion staff upon arrival, who will arrange local transport and meals and will be your guides, translators and friends as you travel.
‘Preparing to Go’ video series
Ensure you get the most from your trip by joining our ‘Preparing to Go’ training series. When you embark on a Compassion field experience, it’s much more than just a visit to see Compassion at work. It’s a chance for God to impact lives and for you to learn more about God’s heart for the poor. The ‘Preparing to Go’ video and discussion series will help prepare your heart and head for what’s to come.
Not-included in Insight Trip cost
- Travel from your hometown to group departure point in Sydney
- Travel documents such as your passport
- Immunisations (it is each traveller's responsibility to seek relevant medical advice prior to leaving Australia)
- Excess baggage fees, including fees related to exceeding weight limits or number of pieces allowed
- Additional snacks, mini-bar, shopping, gifts for your sponsored child or souvenirs purchased in-country
- Internet, phone calls or laundry services while traveling
- Additional travel at the conclusion of the Insight Trip. Some travellers choose to stay on and make their own arrangements to travel privately before returning to Australia. Compassion partners with Escape Travel, an Australian-based provider that can assist you with personal travel arrangements if needed.
You will be issued with two invoices to cover the total cost of this Field Experience:
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 Field Experience.
- Payment two: the bulk of the Field Experience costs, due approximately six months before departure.
- Payment three: the balance of your Field Experience package, due approximately three months before departure (if you qualify for the early-bird discount, this balance will be reduced accordingly).
- 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 Field Experience, you will not receive invoice two.
- 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.
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 Field Experience 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
- 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