Can I visit my sponsored child?

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Are we allowed to visit our sponsored child?
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Yes! We can visit our sponsored children. There are group trips in which a bunch of sponsors go to visit their sponsored children in the same country at the same time. Compassion organizes these, and everyone seems to love them! But, you can also do an individual visit. Perhaps you're already going to Rwanda (for example) and you'd like to visit your child. You can do that too. This page should give you further information- http://www.compassion.com/get-involve...
Hope this helps,
Lizzie
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I will be in the country of my sponsored child soon and would like to visit. Is this possible?

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Visiting My Sponsored Child.
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I am going to be traveling to India in the same state where my sponsored child lives. Is there anyway that I could visit my child?

I am going to be in Chennai at the end of September with a small group of ladies. We are traveling through India, Nepal and Thailand visiting and encouraging missionaries we know there. While we are in Tamil Nadu I am hoping to be able to visit my child, Justin, who I sponsor through the Koppur CDC. I do not know how close this CDC is to Chennai, but I am willing to travel a ways to visit if I am allowed to come. I have already been to north India twice over the past three years and have never gotten the chance to come as far south as Tamil Nadu. I am hoping that I will be able to meet Justin this time I am in India.

I need to know how close the Koppur CDC is to Chennai and if I am allowed to come visit.

Thank you so much for your help answering these questions.
Grace and Peace
Sarah

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Going to India. Want to visit my sponsored child..
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Our church youth group sponsors a child at New Dehli. We have another church member currently serving in New Dehli. She too is a supporter for Rahul's monthly giving. I like to know if she can visit him, meet his family and also bring a gift package to him from our group. Your response is appreciated. Thank you!

As a side note, her work at New Dehli is to serve the families living in the slums. It's called Flying Tiger Project http://www.facebook.com/FlyingTigers.....

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Meeting compassion child and his family.
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Check out the Individual Visits in the link Lizzie gives above.
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In March 2013 I will be visiting my sister and her husband in Batam, Indonesia. I would love the opportunity to visit my sponsored child, Apriliana "Lia" Dewi Puspita Sari, Sponsored Number: 3168118-2
My sister is familiar with the location of Lia's village (Surabaya) as this is the home of her former housekeeper while living in Singapore. She said that we could definitely fly to this location in an attempt to visit her. My question is: How would I go about making arrangements for this visit with Compassion? Would we visit her home/village or the Nazareth Student Center? If a visit is possible, is it acceptable to bring gifts? If so, what sort of gifts are acceptable and desired? I anxiously await your response.

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Traveling to Indonesia and would like to visit my sponsored child. Who should I contact to make arrangements?.
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So far I haven't heard of a go ahead or ways to visit our sponsored child (in New Delhi India). Can someone give a concrete response to help those of us inquiring. Thanks!
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Hi Manni. Shaina responded to your previous comment that you can get all the information you need about what CI offers in terms of individual visits, which is what you seem to be referring to you in your comment above, from the link in Lizzie's response at the top of this webpage. The webpage referred to includes a FAQ and contact information for the CI representatives who handle coordinating sponsor visits. Or do you mean those people were unable to give you an answer? I emailed with them last Fall and got all the information I needed about visiting a project New Delhi (which ended up not working out I wasn't able to do it).
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I am going to the country where my child is located, how can i meet/see her?

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Meet my Sponsor Child.
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Hi! I recently found out that I will be traveling to Nairobi the end of April with a church group. I believe Lensa will be on break at that time, and I was wondering if there's any way I can see her. I arrive April 20 and depart May 1. We will be busy connecting with our high school students at camp, but if Lensa is in the Nairobi area, perhaps we could arrange a meeting. Please let me know.
Thank you, and may God bless you richly for all you do for the poorest of the poor!
Mary Weigel
Gardnerville, Nevada USA

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I am wondering if it is possible to visit a sponsor child for a week sometime in the coming December. How hard would it be to arrange this?

I am already traveling to Libya over month and thought I may spend a week in Tanzania visiting my sponsor child. How can this be arranged and what sort of contacts and arrangements ought I to make. I have experience living in third world situations and am not interested in living like an American abroad but living with the people who I go to visit.

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If you go to "Get Involved" at the top of the page and then click "Tours and Visits" you will be able to see the information on visiting your sponsor child. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND visiting your sponsor child if yo are blessed with the opportunity. I just met my sponsor child last month when I went to the Dominican Republic and it was one of the best experiences of my life. All of the arrangements were done beforehand and everything went smoothly. Just make sure you start arranging with Compassion atleast 2 months prior to your trip! :) Good luck with your visits!
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We currently sponsor a 10 yr old boy in Thailand. We will be in Malaysia this summer and would love to go visit him and meet him in person. Is this encouraged and if so, how do we go about the logistics in making it happen? Thank you! Tammy

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I would like to know if anyone has had the opportunity to meet their sponsor child? If so, any information would be helpful, I'm thinking of going on a group tour to meet mine!

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Kim-On March 25th I had the opportunity to visit my sponsored child in Surabaya, Indonesia. Since I already had plans to visit my sister, living in Batam, Indonesia, I worked with the Compassion staff in Colorado Springs who made arrangements with the Compassion folks in Indonesia. My sister and I were required to fill out applications and pay $35 for background checks. All expenses involved in traveling to visit your child, as well as expenses incurred during the visit (meals, transportation, entertainment) are the responsibility of the sponsor. However, I believe all of this is either explained on the website or application. If not, it is clearly conveyed by the CO Compassion staff. When we arrived at our hotel in Surabaya I was contacted by the local Compassion staff and the details of our visit were confirmed. I was able to host my child (along with her mother, 2 brothers and 2 staff members) at the swimming pool at our hotel. We were then transported by van to visit her home and later her Compassion student center. If you get the opportunity to make a visit, I would highly recommend doing so. There's nothing quite like actually meeting your child in person. It will definitely compel you to pray even more specifically and fervently for your child.
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I am new to Compassion International and my child lives in Brazil. I have a 20 year old son studing abroad in Brazil and we will be visiting there this summer. I would like to possibly visit the child I am sponsoring and would also like to have my son write to him from Goiania, since he is fluent in Portuguese. Can I have his address?

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Hey Christine! Welcome to Compassion. For security reasons, all correspondence must go through us.
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My Brother-in-law is a pastor and he will be on a missions trip in June near one of the children I sponsor. Can I set up a time for him to visit her? If so, how do I go about setting that up?
Thanks,
Daniel

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Can a relative visit my sponsored child?.
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Yes! Your brother-in-law is welcome to visit your child. Just follow the instructions above ASAP. We normally need 8 weeks notice to plan a visit.
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hello if i am to sponsor a child will i get an opportunity to visit him or her in the future?

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opportunities to visit the sponsored child.
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Yes June! Compassion has sponsor tours where a bunch of sponsors go on a trip together, or you can schedule an individual visit. For more info, go here- http://www.compassion.com/get-involve...
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Trip to Ghana..


I got an e-mail stating that there would be an upcoming trip to Ghana. It says that I would be able to visit my child for one day. What happens the rest of the trip?
If I'm unable to make this trip, how long before you think they will schedule another trip to this same area where my child is?
Sponsor #3079679
Thanks so much!
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Hi Tami! Visiting your child can be a life changing experiencing for the both of you! Just as Lindsay said, there are details on our website about all of our trips and what they include as well as for the trip to Ghana in 2015. On this trip, you will get to visit our country office and see the process of how your letter gets to your child, spend a day with children and project staff at a center like the one your child attends, and other activities as well such as home visits and shopping at the market places like Misty stated below.  On this trip, you get a bigger picture of how Compassion works and a better glimpse into the lives of the children, staff, families, and communities that we work with on day to day basis, allowing you to see the tangible way that your support is changing the life of these children! 

If you are unable to go on this trip, you can certainly plan a custom visit to see your child during dates that would work better for you! We just ask that you give us at least 8 weeks notice so that we are able get all arrangements made with the project. We try to post upcoming sponsor tours about 8 months ahead of time. As of right now, this next Ghana trip is the only one that is currently planned. Here is the direct link to that tour so that you can see the itinerary, schedule details, cost of the trip, etc. http://www.compassion.com/get-involved/ghana-tour-april-2015.htm I hope you get to visit Reuben and please let me know if you have any other questions! :) 
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They try to go to each country every year or two, some are more frequently than others.  You can find a list of trips on the compassion website.  the rest of the trip - there is usually one touristy type day, one shopping for local art type stuff, and you visit the country compassion office and 2-4 different projects so you can see what happens in the place your child goes to!  You will learn more about each program, Child Survivor, Child sponsorship, Leadership development.  At the projects you usually get lunch with the church volunteers or the kids, and they will do a performance for you.  Also, from the project you will go on home visits - to see how kids in that area live.  It is an amazing experience.


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I am sponsoring a child in Peru. I also live in Peru and would like to meet my sponsor child in person.


Hi, I am sponsoring a child in Peru. I myself live in Peru and not too far from where my sponsor child lives, could i set up a time to meet her in person? How could I do that?  Lookings forward to your answers. Thank you! 
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Hi Jackie! How convenient that you are in the same area as your child! We would absolutely love to set up an individual visit for you to meet Alison. The first step to get this going would be to fill out the necessary form at http://www.compassion.com/get-involved/trips-visits.htm. We must have at least eight weeks’ notice to set up a visit. We will contact you once this form has been filled out and provide you more information and start the background check and setup of your visit. A compassion staff member will be with you at all times for security purposes. This is such an incredible experience and I know it will be life changing for Alison!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I will be in the D.R. for a mission trip in April. Is there a way I could meet W....

I and maybe my wife will be in the D.R. at the end of April and would like to meet Welvin if possible while there.
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Luke, we would LOVE to help you set a up a visit to meet Welvin! It looks like our group tours for the DR next year are planned to take place in January and October. You're welcome to set up an individual custom visit with our tour specialists, however, to meet Welvin :). I would encourage you to start the process as soon as you know your official dates so that we can get things rolling for you! We need at least an 8 week advance notice and so you still have plenty of time. Here is the link the start the process: http://www.compassion.com/get-involved/custom-visits.htm. A trip to visit your boy will be such an incredible experience for him as well as for you (and hopefully your wife too!). 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What cities do my girls live in?.

I am going to India, and was wondering what cities my girls live in? I'm wanting to visit them, and need to start planning :)
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Hi Anna! I am excited to hear that you will be visiting India soon. Have you been there before? I went to India back in 2011 and was overwhelmed with how loving and kind the people were and loved the country so I certainly hope you enjoy it as well. Our records show that Akshitha lives in Peddamupparam which is northwest of Vijayawada, Varsha lives in Budaga Jangala which is near Kadapa, and Sabitha lives southeast of Madurai.

We would love to help you set up a visit with your girls while you're in India. I merged your inquiry into this conversation so that you can see other responses and hopefully find them helpful! We do need an 8 weeks advance notice to set up a visit to meet your children. Click here to get the process started and our tour specialists will be happy to help you with the details of your trip. 
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Awesome thanks! I have never been there, but plan to move there as soon as I can :) so I decided to go there get to know the country and of course visit my girls. Thank you so much for your help! I will go through the process to set up the visit when I'm for sure about all of the details :)

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