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Hello, lovely Compassion people. Three questions about my upcoming sponsor trip to Honduras...

1) Approximately how long should it take for me to hear back regarding my security clearance?Granted, I'm used to jumping through all the hopps for security clearance at work and this is probably less time consuming and interview-every-single-person-you-know-at-length-ish. I'm still getting a little antsy that I havne't heard anything back about the trip at all.

2) When I signed up, one of the traveller types was something like an exposure tour or something. what is that?

and 3) If, hypothetically, my finger starts inching towards the "Sponsor" button for a cute 12yo from Honduras that happens to be popping up on my screen each time I visit the website (and we all know I visit a LOT) would he be able to visit on my trip, too, or is it too late since I already listed out my kids?
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Emily

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Hi Lindsay! 

1. Our trip department does not contact travelers when their security clearance comes in. They will just enter the date into your registration :). 

2. An exposure trip is for Compassion Employees only. Your traveler type is a Sponsor Tour.

3. Our records indicate that you are going on the June 2015 Honduras sponsor tour. The field needs about one month to arrange a visit and there is no guarantee the visit will occur (depending on parents' availability, scheduling with the project, etc.). However, if you find a child that you decide to sponsor before your tour, our staff will do their very best to arrange for your child to be present when you are in Honduras :). 

I hope that this helps! Our tour department will be in touch with you in the coming months with additional details about your trip! Happy planning :)
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Lindsay

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Thanks, Emily! Who do I notify about additional kids...becasue that sponsorship part might have already happened ;)
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Emily

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You are so awesome ;). That was quick! Go ahead and email our tour department at, visits@us.ci.org. They will be able to help get this set up for you! 
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Lindsay

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Thank you! Or, seeing as how I need to start practicing so my poor translator doesn't hate me come June, Muchas gracias!
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oh i hope and pray that i get to go on a sponsor trip in 2016! I cant do one next year since my little man will only be a few months old, and I cant leave my hubby with 3 kids when one is an infant!
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Lindsay

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I *might* try to take a short trip to Haiti or something in 2016, but I'll have to see what I think of this one. I also need to see what $$ is looking like. In 2016 I think I'm going to take my birthday vacation in Brazil and Argentina, in which case I'll try to schedule a day to visit my boy there (BR). Them tentatively, I might take my birthday trip to Ecuador and the Galapogoas Islands the year after that, in which case I'm super excited to visit my boys there! There are just too many places to go. I've been trying to kind of scope out vacations that would bring me within close proximity to the kids because I just don't have the time or the money to do both and, beleive you me, if I don't get my vacation time in, life is not fun for those around me.
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I went to Ecuador on a missions trip 11 years ago... Still one of the most beautiful places i have ever been. And the kids there just want your love. And they totally love the camera;
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Hi Lindsay.You will be amazed in Honduras.I was there in October.I will be going back next spring on an individual trip.Both of my sponsor kids graduate next year.Is this your first sponsor tour?

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Lindsay

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Yep! First one.
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Hilary Hopkins

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I sponsored a child 2 weeks before my sponsor tour to Honduras and they made it happen for me to see her! The staff in Honduras are amazing! You will love it there!
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How firm is the "over 10 to go on a tour" rule? If my kid turns 10 3 months after the trip would it be possible for her to go or do they definitely need to be 10 by the trip date?
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Hi Athena! It is important that those who are traveling on our tours are mature enough to face the very real suffering that is poverty. Tour participants see poverty first hand. From my experience, I personally believe that a sixteen year old or older with a parental travel companion is best. However, if you are planning to go with your child and help guide them through this process, and you believe that they are mature enough to travel on a trip like this, a younger age may be possible.
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I was on the Honduras sponsor tour in October and one the team leaders brought his family on the trip.I know the trip impacted their lives as well as it did the rest of us.What I believe will happen is his kids will be more inspired to be more involved in this ministry since they saw up close and personal the poverty the people live in.

What we saw also more was families in the Compassion program with hope.It wasn't all bad what we saw.It would be great if you do this.When I was your kid's age I was learning about poverty around the world.I knew we had it good here in America compared to other countries.Now that I've seen the difference everything has changed.

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