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Embark on a journey of a life-time.

“the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” - Saint Augustine

Join as SPCC Port Stephens students start on a transformative experience over 9-months. Together we’ll flick through the pages of “the world”, connecting with our neighbours near and far, broadening our understanding of the world and our role in it as global citizens. 

This holistic program is more than just a 8 day educational trip; it's an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the complexity of poverty and learn how to love our global neighbours through compassion and action. You will be fully supported by SPCC staff, the dedicated team at Compassion Australia as well as Inspired Adventure's expert fundraising coaches.

 

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. — Proverbs 31:8-9

fast facts

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9th - 18th October 2024

9 day trip, 8 day program

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$4,337*

Travel package per person

*Include flights, insurance & all on ground costs (Total cost is subject to change dependent on activities chosen and date flights are booked)

 

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$2,500+

 (per person) to support the Philippines in the aftermath of cyclone Odette

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Years 9 - 10

20 places available

The difference you'll make

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Collectively the students will be raising funds to help provide much-needed disaster relief in Cebu and will have the privilege of visiting those centres that their fundraising efforts will support.

This project was launched to provide much-needed disaster relief assistance to 896 Compassion assisted children and family and staff members from three child development centres in and around Cebu, Philippines following the devastating impact of Typhoon Odette/Rai. Your collective generosity would help to fund this project through to completion, ensuring these local church partners and Compassion assisted families can effectively recover.

Through this Disaster Relief project, three child development centres that have sustained significant damage will be restored, with caregivers contributing to reconstruction activities. The local church partners will also organise the development of evacuation sites and alternative water and solar power sources so that families can still access safe spaces and necessities in the event of further disasters. Compassion assisted children and their family members will receive disaster risk reduction training as well, ensuring they are prepared should natural disasters occur in future.

At the completion of this project, hundreds of Compassion assisted children and their families in the Philippines will have the knowledge and resources to support their health and wellbeing both during and after disastrous events.

Program Inclusions

  • Program Duration:
    • The program runs from March to December 2024.
  • Pre-Trip:
    • In the months leading up to the trip, students will participate in six "preparing to go" sessions where they’ll learn about global poverty, the Philippines, effective and responsible aid and development, as well as cultural sensitivities. Parents are also encouraged to attend the sessions before departure.
      Additionally, students will be empowered to move with compassion, advocating for and fundraising for those who’re most affected by natural disasters like cyclone Odette/Rai, children living in poverty. Inspired Adventures will walk alongside students as fundraising coaches to ensure that their fundraising efforts are maximised for impact, where it’s needed most.
  • During Trip:
    • The trip will run for 9 days and 8 nights in the Philippines, offering a blend of educational and character-building experiences.
      Inclusions
      Four days dedicated to visiting Compassion’s local church partners to engage with children in Child Development Centres and see the Compassion program in action in the aftermath of cyclone Odette/Rai. Experience the opportunity to meet with leaders of the international Aid and Development community.
      Four cultural days for enhanced understanding of the local context through sightseeing. Two virtual connections: one with the school and one with students' parents in Australia. Evening debriefs for students to reflect daily and write letters to their future selves, which Compassion sends back after 1, 2, and 3 months.
  • Post-Trip Engagement:
    • Advocacy opportunities for students to share their experiences, the stories of the people they met, and the insights gained with their school and community.
    • This phase aims to reinforce the trip's impact and the learnings.
  • Additional Features:
    • Team devotions and engaging interactions with Compassion staff and global church partners are integral to the trip. Connecting with the biblical call to ‘Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. — Isaiah 1:17’ is a key component of building empathy and character, encouraging students to move through their lives serving others with compassion.
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Why join?

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build Relationships

This program offers the opportunity to not only enrich school involvement but also to build enduring connections among students, parents, teachers, and the broader community, all while collaborating towards the goal of freeing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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Experience

This program aims to transform hearts and inspire compassion through education. Exposing students to the complexities of poverty, broadening their understanding, and inspiring them to love their global neighbours is a key part of this holistic experience.

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real world Impact

The program equips and motivates students to fundraise $2,500 - $5,000 each to support Compassion's work, uniting the school and its community around a shared goal, to support the rebuilding of communities in the Philippines in the aftermath of Cyclone Odette. It includes a comprehensive support system with fundraising plans, workshops, and regular communication from Compassion and Inspired Adventures.

itinerary

Day 0 - 3: Community Connection

Day 0, 9th October: Cebu

  • The Compassion team arrive in Cebu.
  • Accommodation - Castle Peak Hotel.
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Day 1 - 3, 10th - 12th October: Cebu

  • We will visit Compassion’s local church partners and engage with children in Child Development Centres to see the Compassion program in action in the aftermath of cyclone Odette/Rai.
  • Transfer: Hotel to Toledo City, Bulacao City, Minglanilla Cebu and back by bus
  • Accommodation - Castle Peak Hotel.
  • Meals: B L D

Day 4 - 6: Community Connection and Cultural Experience

Day 4, 13th October: Cebu - Manila

  • Today we have the Cebu city tour - 8am pick up, meet and greet with guides at the hotel, transfers by bus.
  • Sites to visit: Siaro Flower Farm, Temple of Leah, Taoist Temple, Sto. Niño Church, Magellan’s Cross, Cebu Heritage, Fort San Pedro, Yap SanDiego Ancestral House*
  • After the tour, we are transferred to the airport to fly to Manila.
  • Upon arrival in Manila, we will be transferred by bus to the hotel. 
  • Accommodation - Hotel Kimberly Manila
  • Meals: B L D

 

Day 5, 14th October: Manila

  • Today we have the opportunity to meet with leaders of the international Aid and Development community.
  • Transfers: Hotel to Quezon City and back.
  • Accommodation - Hotel Kimberly Manila.
  • Meals: B L D

 

Day 6, 15th October: Manila Anilao Snorkeling Day Tour

  • 7:00am pick up, meet and greet with guides at the hotel and travel to Eagle Point Resort, Anilao Batangas for snorkeling activity. (additional $125)
  • Whole day snorkeling activity and lunch at the beach resort. After the activity, the team is taken back to Manila for dinner and then dropped at the hotel.
  • Accommodation - Hotel Kimberly Manila.
  • Meals: B L D

*Not all sites will be visited

Day 6 - 8: Experience the Philippines

Day 7, 16th October: Manila

  • Tagaytay Tour - 8am pick up, meet and greet with guides at the hotel. 
  • 2 hour transfer to Tagaytay.
  • Sites to visit: Palace in the Sky at People’s Park, Picnic Grove, Pink Sisters Church, Sonya’s Secret Garden, Twin Lakes, Caleruega Church, Rowena’s Pasalubong, Taal Lake View Deck*
  • Accommodation - Hotel Kimberly Manila
  • Meals: B L D

 

Day 8, 17th October: Manila 

  • Old Manila Tour - 8am pick up, meet and greet with guides at the hotel. 
  • Sites to visit: Intramuros, Manila Cathedral, Plaza de Governador, San Agustin Church, Casa Manila, Baluarte de San Diego, National Museum, Luneta Park*
  • Transfer to the hotel/airport 4 hours before departure time. 
  • Meals: B L D

*Not all sites will be visited

frequently asked questions

About the program

What will I achieve during this program?

This holistic program is more than just an 8-day educational trip; it's an opportunity for students to gain a deep understanding of the complexity of poverty and learn how to love our global neighbours through compassion and action. Collectively the students will be raising funds to help provide much-needed disaster relief to 896 Compassion-assisted children and families across three child development centres in Cebu, Philippines following the devastating impact of Typhoon Odette/Rai. Through the generosity of this fundraising, local church partners and Compassion-assisted families will be supported through the ongoing recovery.

How long is the program?

The program runs from March - December, and the Philippines experience is 9 days and 8 nights, not including time spent flying to and from the Philippines.

How many people will be on this trip? 

There will be 26 people on this trip: 20 students and 6 adult supervisors.  

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Upon registration, you will receive a travel waiver, which will ask you for any dietary requirements. We will confirm these 6 and 2 months out from the trip. Please also let your Inspired Adventure Team Leader know at the beginning of the trip to ensure they can look out for your dietary needs throughout the adventure.

How many teachers/adults/supervisors will be on the trip?

The students will be joined by two leaders from Compassion, one Inspired Adventures Team Leader and Doctor, and two SPCC teachers.

Who is running the program?

Inspired Adventures?

Compassion Australia has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 20 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $47 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Compassion Australia, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Compassion Australia?

Compassion is a Christian international holistic child development organisation. Through our Child Sponsorship Program, more than 2 million children are currently being released from poverty in Jesus’ name. With over six decades of experience, Compassion’s unique approach to solving poverty works: research proves it.

AstroKidd (ground operator in the Philippines)?

Astrokidd Travel and Tours, established in 2013, has rapidly grown into a reputable travel agency offering a wide array of services including ticketing, tour packages, and travel insurance, with a strong partnership with airlines like Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Recognized for their expertise in the travel industry and exceptional risk management, they have expanded their reach with plans to open new branches in Alabang and the Metro Manila area. Their commitment to providing cost-effective travel solutions and comprehensive services has made them a preferred choice for travellers.

Program Preparation

How do I prepare for this program? 

In the months leading up to the trip, students will participate in six "preparing to go" sessions where they’ll learn about global poverty, the Philippines, effective and responsible aid and development, as well as cultural sensitivities. Parents are also encouraged to attend the sessions before departure.
Additionally, students will be empowered to move with compassion, advocating for and fundraising for those who’re most affected by natural disasters like cyclone Odette/Rai, children living in poverty. Inspired Adventures will walk alongside students as fundraising coaches to ensure that their fundraising efforts are maximised for impact, where it’s needed most.

What do I need to pack?

Once you’ve registered for the adventure, you’ll be provided with a comprehensive destination guide which will include your packing list.

Accommodation and transport

What is the accommodation like? 

Students will be staying in comfortable 3-star hotels in both Manila and Cebu. In Manila, the team will be staying at Hotel Kimberly and in Cebu, the team will be staying in Castle Peak Hotel. 

Hotel Kimberly offers spacious rooms, easy access to Manila Bay and has a restaurant located inside. 

Castle Peak Hotel has both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, hot tub/spa, fitness centre and restaurant. The rooms offer all the usual amenities expected in a hotel.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this trip is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a classmate of the same gender. 

How are we transported to our locations each day?

We are transported to and from our activities each day by bus. There are Higer and Toyota buses, both equipped with seatbelts.

Fundraising

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, you will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also be holding 4 fundraising workshop sessions from terms 2 - 3. You will be sent lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we believe in you! In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined.

By registering for this program, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact and help to support the Philippines in the aftermath of cyclone Odette. The goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target 2 weeks before departure.

Can I fundraise in a team?

Fundraising in a team is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. If you choose to fundraise in a team - your workshop activities will reflect that.

Do we have a fundraising coach?

Yes, Inspired Adventures’ dedicated fundraising team will equip students to help maximise your impact. They will support and encourage students to think creatively and broaden their approach to their fundraising efforts.

Payments

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $4,337 (inclusive of a $600 non-refundable deposit). *Total cost is subject to change dependent on activities chosen and date flights are booked.

In addition, you are also committing to raising $2,500+ (per person) for Compassion Australia.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify SPCC as soon as possible.

Cancellation within 5 days of registration will result in a full refund of the deposit.

Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Prior to dates and names being locked in for flights, if a replacement can be secured we are able transfer the place over. In extenuating circumstances, please contact your school to discuss options. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Can I set up a payment plan?

Yes, you can set up a payment plan - please contact SPCC to discuss options further. Please note that you will need to be fully paid up at least 3 months prior to departure. 

Flights, insurance and medical emergencies

Is my flight covered, and is travel insurance included?

Yes, travel insurance and all flights both international and domestic are included in the travel cost, and when you register and lock in your place, travel insurance is secured.  

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. Our Inspired Adventures Team Leader for this trek will be a fully qualified medical doctor. The guides are DOT (Department of Tourism) accredited, which means they must undergo proper First Aid training before being issued with their licenses. 

Should a medical emergency arise, your guide on the ground will work together with the attending doctor to give immediate assistance and liaise with local medical facilities for the best treatment possible. They will be able to provide support and advice to the St Philip’s and Compassion staff attending to ensure the best outcome for your child.

What happens if there is adverse weather?

The Philippines can be prone to experiencing adverse weather, including cyclone and typhoons. The typical season for this kind of weather is July to September, peaking usually around August. Should an event like this arise prior to or during this trip, Compassion Australia and Inspired Adventures will be in constant communication with students, parents and schools, ensuring safety for all in attendance. 

Do I need a visa to travel to the Philippines?

Australian passport holders do not require a visa for stays of 30 days or less in the Philippines. Passports are required to be valid for at least six months after the date you return to your home country.

Do I need specific vaccinations to travel to the Philippines?

Approximately two months prior to departure, we recommend that you consult your local GP regarding any health concerns and vaccinations, as they will be able to advise. Commonly recommended vaccines for travel to the Philippines include Hepatitis A, polio, cholera, typhoid and ensuring you are up to date on all childhood vaccines.

Communication pre-trip

  • Prior to deposit - please communicate with your school to discuss the selection process, payment plans and school related enquiries. The trip website can help answer your program/trip related questions - if your question isn’t addressed in the FAQ’s, please submit an enquiry to have your question answered. 
  • Preparing to Go Sessions - Compassion Australia will facilitate a series of ‘Preparing to Go’ sessions with students throughout the year to best prepare them for their experience. These sessions will discuss what effective aid and development looks like, what they can expect to see and experience whilst in country, Philippines culture and expectations. 
  • Fundraising Coaching - Inspired Adventures will facilitate a series of sessions designed to equip students to fundraise effectively. The dates for these will be:
  • Term 2 - Week 2
  • Term 2 - Week 7 or 8
  • Term 3 - Week 2
  • Term 3 - Week 8 or 9

Communication during trip

  • Phones - Compassion Encourages students to not have phones on Project Visits to ensure they are able to engage fully and respectfully with the Compassion staff and beneficiaries in Compassion’s Child Development Centres. 
  • Photography - please see Compassion Terms & Conditions and Code of Conduct regarding travel to Compassion partnerships here https://www.compassion.com.au/trips. This will include guidelines on appropriate photography of children, Compassion staff and volunteers and other landmarks/government buildings. 

Communication post trip

  • Post-Trip De-brief - A comprehensive debrief discussion is an essential part of any Compassion trip. Students and teachers will be exposed to the complexities of poverty and taking time to unpack what they have experienced will help to begin to make sense of the difference in their own lived experience and how to reconcile the two with empathy. Guidance will be provided in partnership between Compassion Australia and SPCC staff to ensure students are able to get the most out of the program, address any reverse culture shock, and turn what they see into advocacy.
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Our connection

The Philippines is a nation of stunning natural beauty, vibrant cultural diversity, and resilient communities. Compassion has partnered with local churches in the Philippines since 1972, resourcing them to provide holistic child development for more than 103,166 children who are currently registered in Compassion programs as well as 1,125 mums and babies being supported towards strong and hope-filled futures. For more information, visit https://www.compassion.com.au/where-we-work/philippines

 

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