Guatemala Sponsor Trip

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I am so excited that I will be traveling to Guatemala this summer to visit with my sponsored child! That said, I was also recently assigned a precious little girl as a correspondent child who is also from Guatemala. Because this is a recent development, the two girls do not know about each other yet. I know I need to tell them about each other before I go so they will not be surprised when they meet each other. But my question is about how to tell each about the other. I do not want either child to feel less special because there is another child that I write to. I was also looking for any advice about gifts to bring (girls ages 6-8), or just traveling with Compassion to Guatemala in general. Thanks in advance!
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Rebekah Bell

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good morning Rebekah, 

How exciting it is that you will get to meet your two girls in Guatemala! It is so sweet that you are being so careful about their feelings! :) Although these situations happen all the time, and typically go just fine, I do understand you being just a little apprehensive about it. Personally, I think we could all give you very different ideas of ways to make each of your girls feel special, but I think that our group of correspondents could do an even better job. I'm not sure if you know, but we do have a Facebook page for our correspondents (who would like to be part of the group). I would be happy to add you to this group, if you would like? I am sure that others who have visited would be happy to share some of their experiences with you, and tips as well! Please let us know if this sounds like something you might be interested in! :)

Secondly, some suggestions for items to bring may be: hair things, art supplies, activities like balls and games, t-shirts, school supplies, books in Spanish, play dough, jump ropes, chalk for hop scotch, stuffed animals, and anything you can think of that may be fun to do together! 

Also, if possible (I know you haven't had one of these girls very long), we would suggest going back through your letters from them and seeing what type of things they have said that they like. This can be very helpful too! :)
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Rebekah Bell

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I would love to be added to the Facebook page! Thank you so much!
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Rebekah, I just sent you an invite.
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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I'd get on that Facebook group. I almost recommended it. We have a sponsor who was JUST in Guatemala (within the last week or so). She has mostly older boys but could tell you more about what to expect in country.
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Bre Boswell

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May I be added to the correspondent facebook group? I have quite a few correspondents!
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Madison

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Hi Kimberly! Is your Facebook email address the same as your Get Satisfaction email address? If not, please email the correct one to socialmedia@compassion.com
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It should be the same. Thanks!
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Madison

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Kimberly, I have sent you an invitation through Facebook to the Compassion Correspondents group at this time. 
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Kimberly Kuykendall

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I received the email, went through the link, and clicked request to join. I wasn’t able to see anything, does the request still have to be approved?
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Madison

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We do need to approve your request. After it is approved, you will be able to view the page! 
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I think you might find this conversation interesting.  Some of them talk about visiting multiple children at once.  I wished I had told them, but it was good visiting two at once as I think they were more at ease not being alone with me (the Compassion staff were right there, but  stayed in the background and let us interact among ourselves most of the time.)

https://support.compassion.com/compassion/topics/should-i-tell-my-sponsored-children-that-i-sponsor-...

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