We are always delighted when a sponsor is able to visit one of our projects, and meet his or her sponsored child and family. We want to do all we can to make the visit a truly memorable occasion for all of you. Our national office staff will also be delighted to introduce you to the child and to show you what has been achieved in the community, through your support and the support from the other sponsors of the ADP.
Usually it will be possible for you to meet the child in his or her community. Because this is a truly exciting event for the child, the family and whole community, we normally ask that your visit should be for one day only. The community will go out of their way to make you feel welcome, so an extended visit could overstretch their resources as well as putting a strain on the child’s family.
Occasionally, it may be advisable for the child to be brought to where you are staying. This may be because of travel restrictions within the country, or because of national sensitivities. The child would, of course, be escorted by a World Vision member of staff, and naturally you will never be left alone with your sponsored child.
Whether you are meeting the child at their home or they are being brought to meet you, costs will be incurred which should not be expected for the ADP to meet. World Vision staff from your child's country will be happy to give you an estimated breakdown of the expenses, before you leave.
Your meeting with the child will be a day that they will always remember. We trust that it will be a very special experience for you too, and that it will both deepen your relationship with the child, and give you a clearer understanding of what is being done, with your help, to improve the quality of life in that community.