Visiting Your Sponsored Child - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Visiting your sponsored child is one of the most incredible experiences you can have; it not only changes your life, but theirs as well! There is something unexplainable about the moment you meet the child you have been investing in, praying for, building a relationship with, and loving from a distance.

It is an experience that we wish all of our sponsors could have. If you have the opportunity to travel to your sponsored child’s region, we will do everything can to make meeting your sponsored child happen.

If visiting your sponsored child is something you are considering, please look through the following Frequently Asked Questions and our Sponsor Visit Guidelines.

For information on One Child Matters led trips, please visit the Get Involved section.

 

Can I visit my sponsored child?

 

Yes! If you are traveling to the country and region your sponsored child lives in, we will make every effort to connect you with your sponsored child.

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How soon should I contact One Child Matters if I am hoping to visit my child?

 

Please contact us at least one month prior to your trip, as it takes time to coordinate your visit with the project manager.

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Can I meet my sponsored child’s family?

 

Possibly. This is left to the discretion of the project manager and the child’s family. While the family is grateful for your support and encouragement of their child, they may be hesitant to meet you because of cultural differences. Also, missing work has larger consequences in the developing world than it might for us and can often be a determining factor.

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What information do I need to have in order to schedule an individual visit?

 

To make the coordination of your trip as smooth as possible, please be sure to have the following information before requesting an individual visit:

  • Your sponsored child’s name and identification number
  • Your dates of travel
  • Date that would be most convenient for you to visit your sponsored child
  • In-country contact information- i.e. lodging information, phone numbers, etc.

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Will a One Child Matters staff member be present at all times?

 

Yes. This is to facilitate the visit, provide translation services, and to carry out the visit according to our Sponsor Visit Guidelines.

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How long will I be able to spend with my sponsored child?

 

Typically, sponsors spend several hours to a whole day with their sponsored child, but it is on a case-by-case basis.

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Can I bring gifts for my sponsored child?

 

Yes! We recommend that you give your sponsored child practical gifts, as the need is great. However, any gift you give your sponsored child will be greatly valued and appreciated. Here are some recommendations:

  • Clothes
  • Back pack or tote bag
  • School supplies
  • Coloring books with crayons and markers
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Dolls
  • Soccer balls
  • Photo albums with photos of your family
  • Hard Candy

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Can I bring gifts for my sponsored child’s family?

 

Yes! We ask that you do not bring expensive or large gifts for the family as this may overwhelm them. Our idea of a small gift is much different from theirs, and a small gift from you will be treasured. Let us know if you would like to provide a gift for the family and we will coordinate this with the project manager based on the family’s needs.

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Do I need any specific immunizations before I leave?

 

We recommend that you seek the advice of your physician, health care provider, or the Center for Disease Control for the recommend or required immunizations of the country you are visiting.

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Do I need a passport?

 

Yes. All U.S. citizens are required to have a passport for international travel, regardless of the destination.

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What if I have other questions?

 

If you have questions that we have not answered, please feel free to contact us at sponsors@onechildmatters.org. You can also call us at 800.864.0200, Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM, or on Fridays from 8 AM to 2 PM (MST).

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