Checklist for child sponsorship visits

Are you visiting your sponsored child? We've put together a handy checklist of all the things you might need to know or do before you go, during your visit and after you return.

Want to visit your sponsored child but haven't yet applied? Check out our step-by-step guide to visiting your sponsored child.

Before you go:

  • Confirm your own travel arrangements.
  • Visit your GP or travel health clinic for health advice.
  • Complete your World Vision Sponsor Visit forms and return to World Vision, including all the details of your trip and those accompanying you.
  • Feel free to purchase small gifts for your sponsored child. Keep them simple and remember it’s best to have some gifts that can be shared, like stickers and balloons.
  • Obtain your National Police Clearance, assisted by World Vision, for all visitors aged 16 years and over.
  • Please don’t contact your sponsored child directly to let them know you are visiting. Our staff in your sponsored child’s country will tell the family once your trip is confirmed.
  • Check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Smart Traveller websites and talk to your travel agent for the latest travel advice. 

Preparing for your visit:

  • Sponsor visits run for a maximum of one day. The amount of time you spend with your sponsored child will depend on the availability of World Vision staff and the time it takes to reach your sponsored child’s community. World Vision will do all it can to ensure you get the best out of your visit.
  • To avoid causing offence, please dress modestly on your visit. The best rule of thumb is to have your shoulders and your legs covered.
  • You are expected to cover the costs of your visit to your sponsored child’s community, including any expenses for the guide/translator, a driver, fuel and lunch for yourself and staff accompanying you. We will give you an estimate before you travel.

The day of your visit:

  • World Vision staff will be with you throughout your visit with your sponsored child and their family to help with translation and any other issues on the day.
  • Talk to the local World Vision staff about what is appropriate in terms of greetings, accepting food and giving gifts. They will be able to guide you in unfamiliar situations.
  • Be conscious of the fact that you are visiting a different culture and that World Vision works with many different religious backgrounds. Staff and communities where we work may be more overtly religious than the staff in Australia, depending on where you are visiting.
  • Feel free to take photos and videos of your visit, but please check with your sponsored child’s family that they are happy to be photographed.
  • Your visit could involve many different experiences. You may visit your sponsored child at their home, their school or, in some circumstances, the World Vision office. You could visit different activities around the community to see what your sponsorship money is achieving. We will give you an indication of your itinerary before you leave Australia. 

When you return to Australia

  • We will call you to debrief about your trip. This will take about 10 minutes.
  • We would love to see any photos and hear stories of your trip.
  • If you are happy to do so, we would love to share your stories on our website or in our supporter magazine to help inspire other supporters.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Sponsor Visit Coordinator at or call 1300 303 440.

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