Group Custom Visits

While all Custom Visits are currently suspended due to COVID-19, we hope you’ll still continue to dream about and plan for a time when you can experience Compassion in person. You can still submit a Group Visit request for January 2021 or later.

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About Group Visits

With Group Visits, Compassion will coordinate all logistics related to the day your group members meet and get acquainted with their sponsored children. Sponsors, however, are responsible for arranging all international travel details outside of the visit day. If you are not comfortable traveling on your own, we encourage you to consider joining one of Compassion’s Sponsor Trips.

Meeting your sponsored child in person will create a marvelous memory. While visits are currently suspended due to COVID-19, you can still submit a request for January 2021 or later.

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Arranging Your Visit

An Individual Custom Visit is when one sponsor visits one or more children they sponsor. The sponsor may bring other family or friends as guests on their visit. A Group Visit is when two or more sponsors are visiting two or more children whom they sponsor separately.

While all Group Visits are currently suspended due to COVID-19, we hope you’ll continue to dream about and plan for a time when you can experience Compassion in person. You can still submit a visit request for January 2021 or later.

  • Eight Weeks Advance Notice — Compassion requests that you submit a visit request form a minimum of eight weeks’ notice prior to the date of your visit.
  • The preferred maximum number of visitors is eight — However, if you have a larger group, we may request approval from the field office for additional visitors.
  • Visit Locations — Our field office will recommend the best location and activities for the visit, taking into account your personal preferences. The typical sponsored-child visit may include your child’s home and Compassion student center, a meal together, and a local attraction such as a park or zoo.
  • International Travel Arrangements — When you have registered, and everyone in your party has completed the necessary documents, your Visit Specialist will submit your request to our local field office. Although no visit date can be guaranteed in advance, Compassion will make every effort to arrange your visit accordingly. If you decide to make travel arrangements (such as purchasing flight tickets) in advance, and your visit is subsequently declined by our field office, Compassion is not responsible for your costs.
  • Starting the ProcessWhile all Custom Visits are currently suspended due to COVID-19, we hope you’ll still continue to dream about and plan for a time when you can experience Compassion in person. You can still submit a Group Visit request for January 2021 or later.
How It Works
  • Review Process — A Visit Specialist will review your request form and send the designated contact person a document to return to us with each group member’s name and email address. Once that is completed, your Visit Specialist will then send each person in your group a personalized email with a link to register for your visit and complete some necessary documents.
  • Necessary Documents — Each adult visitor (18 and older) must complete a background check, and every visitor (both adult and minor) must electronically sign the release form.
  • Arranging Logistics — When everyone in your party has completed the necessary steps, your Visit Specialist will submit your request to our local field office and begin communicating with our field staff to arrange the logistics.
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Cost and Expenses
  • Cost Estimate — The expenses involved in a Group Visit depend on the logistics necessary, and may include transportation, host/translator services, activities, and meals on your visit day. Visit day costs are in addition to the non-refundable $40.00 per person background check, and the $25 service fee per sponsor, which covers the sponsor and one guest; the service fee for additional guests is $10.00 per person. A guest is a friend or family member who accompanies the sponsor but is not visiting a separate sponsored child of their own. We are unable to provide an estimate of your visit day costs prior to your registration because each visit is unique, and only our field staff in the country where your sponsored child lives can provide an accurate estimate of the costs in that area. Once you have registered, and everyone in your party has completed the necessary documents, your Visit Specialist will submit your request and the field office will provide an estimate of any anticipated costs specific to your visit arrangements. Each group member meeting a child will be responsible for making his or her own payment.
  • Detailed Itinerary — When the information is received from the field office, your Visit Specialist will send an email containing a detailed itinerary, an explanation of expenses due prior to the visit, and expenses that each group member will need to pay during your group visit.
  • Confirmations and Trip Contacts — When you have paid all expenses due prior to your visit, your Visit Specialist will send a final confirmation to the designated contact person with contact information for your in-country host, as well as any other relevant contact details for the field office staff.
  • Important Guidelines/Policies — Please read our Custom Visit Guidelines and our Expense and Cancellation Policy prior to submitting your visit request.
  • FAQs — If you have additional questions, please refer to our Custom Visit FAQs, filled with commonly asked questions. We also welcome your questions by phone at 800-336-7542, option 2, or by email at [email protected].

What are my other options?

  • Send a Gift Package —If you find you are unable to meet your sponsored child personally, we encourage you to contact us for instructions on how to deliver a gift to the country office, or mail a gift while you are in-country.
Contact Custom Visits

Please call (800) 336-7542 ext. 2, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT, or send an e-mail to [email protected].