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Visiting your sponsored child

  • Meet the child you are sponsoring
  • Tour the child's community with Plan staff and see first hand the projects and progress made possible by sponsors like you
  • Experience the culture of another country.
  • Enjoy a life-changing experience!

It’s exciting to visit your sponsored child, and it’s an experience you’ll remember forever! You get to meet your sponsored child and their family, see their community and visit the Plan projects you are supporting. A Plan staff member will be with you at all times to show you around and to translate for you as well. You will see firsthand how you are transforming your sponsored child’s life and the lives of everyone in their community. It’s very powerful and sometimes quite emotional, too!

What you need to know to get started

Plan works with the most vulnerable children in some of the most impoverished nations in the world and participating in sponsorship should not put children at further risk.

For child protection reasons, we require satisfactory clearance of a police records check and vulnerable sector check prior to any visit to one of our program areas. Plan International Canada also has a set of visit guidelines that we will review with you prior to your visit.

All sponsors will be accompanied by Plan staff throughout the entire visit to the sponsored child's community.

You must contact our Toronto office at least ten weeks in advance of your departure date. This is essential to ensure the necessary screening can be completed in time and that our field staff will be able to host the visit.

These measures are part of Plan International Canada's overall child protection policy and procedures. See child protection for information on the steps Plan takes to protect children in all the work we do.

Below are a few of the most commonly asked questions about visiting the field. For more information, contact Plan International Canada either by email at or contact Donor Care at 1-800-387-1418.

  • How much time is needed to arrange a visit?

  • What are the first steps in planning a visit?

  • How long do the visits usually last?

  • How will I get around during a visit?

  • Can I see a sample itinerary of what a visit looks like?

  • Can I bring presents?
  • Are preventive medications needed before a visit?

About Plan International

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About Plan International

Plan International is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries.


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