Visit your sponsored child

Visit your sponsored child

Step into your sponsored child’s world and see firsthand the impact you are making. It can be a life-changing experience – for you and your sponsored child.

Visit your sponsored child

Step into your sponsored child’s world and see firsthand the impact you are making. It can be a life-changing experience – for you and your sponsored child.

See the joy of a sponsor visit

How to visit your sponsored child

There’s nothing quite like meeting your sponsored child and spending time in their community. Here are the steps involved in planning a visit:

  1. Contact us

    We need at least three months’ notice to arrange your visit, so please contact us using the form below or call us on 13 32 40.

  2. Get ready

    Once your request is approved, we’ll confirm the visit details, including estimated costs and contact details of the local World Vision office in your sponsored child’s community. Use our sponsor visit checklist to prepare for your trip.

  3. Meet your sponsored child

    World Vision staff will take you to meet your sponsored child at the local World Vision office. Our staff will be with you throughout your visit to ensure you get the most out of your time with your sponsored child and their family.

  4. Share your experience

    When you’re back, we’ll contact you to see how the visit went. We are always looking to improve this experience for our supporters. We may ask you to share your story with others.

Essential resources

Find out what to expect when you visit your sponsored child and what you’ll need to do before, during and after your visit.

Frequently asked questions

Although it is tempting, please don't tell your sponsored child that you will be visiting. If you have to cancel for any reason, he or she will be disappointed. World Vision project staff will tell your sponsored child on your behalf once the trip is confirmed.
  • A National Police Clearance is required for all people aged 16 and over. This can take 8-12 weeks to obtain.
  • We need to contact your sponsored child’s family and notify them well in advance to be sure they are available to meet on the proposed date.
  • Your visit is a very special occasion for your sponsored child, their family and community. They will want time to plan welcome activities and other aspects of your visit.
  • Staff at the World Vision office in your sponsored child’s country need time to plan too. There are limited staff members who must organise time away from their project work to accompany visitors.
  • We may need to coordinate several different sponsors visiting at the same time. Some countries have a very high frequency of visits compared to others and we need to be conscious of the impact many visits may have on each country.

Take small gifts that are easy to pack and have a practical use. Ideally, try to purchase gifts in country. It will not only save luggage space, but will also support the local economy and community in your sponsored child's country.

We have found that children love pencils, crayons, t-shirts, skipping ropes, tennis balls, footballs/soccer balls (with a pump), maps of Australia, inflatable world globes, your family photos and Australian toy animals. Keep it simple.

You will be surrounded by many children from the community. It's best to bring gifts that can be shared, like stickers, balloons, bubbles or sporting equipment, so that children who aren't sponsored don't feel left out.

You definitely should not hand out cash – that is what your child sponsorship is for.

Please do not give your contact details to your sponsored child, their family, community members or World Vision staff.

We discourage direct postal contact for a variety of reasons, most particularly for the privacy and protection of both you and your sponsored child. It’s important to keep your address confidential in case it falls into the wrong hands, which may lead to unwanted requests for money or other help.

Please continue to send your correspondence to the World Vision office in the country where your sponsored child lives. You’ll find these details inside your sponsored child's photo folder and on the World Vision website.
Often the best response to this question is to explain that you currently donate money to World Vision to help your sponsored child and their community.

World Vision discourages giving cash directly to children or communities and it’s best not to make promises that may not be kept when you return to Australia.

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Start planning your trip

Register now or log in to your My World Vision account to learn more about your sponsored child’s community and start planning your trip.