Experience Our Work Firsthand


US $25


half or full day


See a school, a library, or visit participants in our Girls' Education program

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Site Visits


Site Visits give you one-of-a-kind access to our projects giving you an opportunity to meet our local teams, and interact with the children, parents, and teachers in our programs.

Site visits are hosted by our local staff and are designed for donors and independent travelers interested in seeing our work.




My three friends and I absolutely loved our visit to the school in Long An! It was definitely a highlight of our trip, and I am so glad we had the opportunity to visit. You could tell that the children at the school were so happy to be there, and it was evident that the teachers were extremely dedicated to their work. It was truly a wonderful thing to experience!

April 2014

We’ve been supporting Room to Read under a theoretical understanding of how important is the mission and work. Last Thursday made it incredibly clear how right we are. Hopefully, other supporters will get a similar chance. We were privileged to see it up close.

Gary and Molly
May 2014

It gave us a chance to see teaching methods and hear an entirely different language. We were then given several presentations of children reading, and I have to say I was very impressed with how confidently they stood in front of and read to so many adults! I was so motivated by their joy and enthusiasm!

April 2014
South Africa


Can I visit Room to Read's projects?

Absolutely! One of the best ways to learn more about our work is to see it yourself. If you would like to join us for a site visit, please register at least six weeks in advance. Space is limited and participation is based on a first come, first served basis. Please note that our local teams are extremely focused on delivering high-quality educational opportunities to children across Asia and Africa, and as such cannot accommodate requests for site visits outside of those listed on our website. This also minimizes any disruptions for students, teachers and administrators in our project schools.

I will not know my local hotel or contact information until I arrive in-country. Can I still participate?

Site visits occur during school hours and schedules can sometimes change as a result of scheduling with our partner schools. For this reason, we prefer to collect local contact information from site visit participants—especially given the limited Internet access in countries where we work.

If you are unable to provide local contact information until you arrive in country, please be sure to contact our local office with this information as soon as possible.

What is the typical itinerary?
Site visits typically begin between 7:00AM and 10:00AM at our Country Office. You will spend about thirty minutes meeting other site visit participants and members of our local staff. After a brief orientation to Room to Read in that country, the group will depart for the project site. The visit typically takes a full day including travel time with 1–3 hours spent at the school community.
What can I expect to see?
All visits are led by our local staff and involve the following elements: orientation either at the Country Office or in transit to the project, greeting at the school—typically meeting the school administration and/or participating in a simple welcome ceremony, interactive learning activities with the students and school community.
What is provided?
We will provide transportation to and from our partner schools as well as a brief orientation to our work in that country. Please note that site visits are designed for independent travelers. As such, you are responsible for your international and local travel and accommodations while in our country of operation. Meals are not provided, and we highly recommend that you bring your own snacks and water for the visit.
Who will accompany me?

A member of the local Room to Read staff, typically a Program Officer, will accompany you to the project site and will serve as your host on the visit. He or she will provide you with more information about our work and will be able to answer your questions about the project or partner community you are visiting. Group size varies from 1 to 12 participants and may include independent travelers, university students, Room to Read supporters, chapter members, volunteers, local NGO workers, etc.

What does the $25 fee cover?
When you register for a site visit, you will be asked to pay a $25 USD non-tax deductible fee to cover administrative and transportation costs associated with planning and implementing the site visit. Room to Read hires a vehicle and driver to provide transportation to and from our partner schools.
What is the cancellation policy?
We are able to refund the fee for cancellations received up to one month prior to the site visit date. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to travel@roomtoread.org. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a refund for cancellations submitted within one month of the scheduled site visit.
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