Meeting your sponsored child means stepping into their world and seeing firsthand the difference you’re making. It can be a life-changing experience – for you and your sponsored child.
There’s nothing quite like spending time with the child you are sponsoring.
Here are the steps involved in planning a visit:
We need at least three months’ notice prior to your intended visit date so that we can arrange your visit. You may contact us by emailing email@example.com, using the form below or calling us on 13 32 40.
NB: Please check the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller website to ensure it is safe for you to travel there; this will enable you to consider government recommendations in regards to any risks associated with visiting that country.
Once your request is approved, we’ll (a) confirm the visit details, including any estimated costs and (b) provide the contact details of the local World Vision office near the community you are visiting. Please use our sponsor visit checklist to prepare for your trip.
Please note: Anyone visiting will need to complete a satisfactory police check and a referee check, as well as agree to the visit agreement terms before we can approve the visit.
World Vision staff will take you to meet your sponsored child. 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.
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.
Find out what to expect when you visit your sponsored child and what you’ll need to do before, during and after your visit.
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. We can advise you more specifically on what gifts to bring as your visit plans progress.
You definitely should not hand out cash – as your child sponsorship funds are used to cover the community needs.
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.
If you have questions about areas of need which you may be seeing during your visit, please ask the National Office staff to explain what strategies are in place to address these needs.
We have attempted to streamline and make the process as easy as we can, however, we cannot compromise on any child protection standards and DFAT requirements.
It is a DFAT requirement that we conduct a police check where the result will be returned to World Vision no earlier than 30 days prior to the visit.
Supporter ID can be found in the footer of World Vision Australia email communications or on any printed communications from World Vision Australia.