Group Site Visits
- Can I visit Room to Read's projects?
- I will not know my local hotel or contact information until I arrive in-country. Can I still participate on a Room to Read site visit?
- What is the typical itinerary for a Room to Read site visit?
- What can I expect to see on a Room to Read site visit?
- What is provided on a Room to Read site visit?
- Who will accompany me on the site visit?
- What does the $25 fee cover?
- If I register for a visit and then need to cancel, can I get my $25 refunded?
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. In each country (except Tanzania, given that it is in its first year of operation), we offer regular site visits for donors, volunteers or any other interested parties to experience Room to Read’s impact up close. Site visits cost only US$25 and are led by our local teams. Please see our Site Visits page for a complete list of upcoming site visit dates.
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 on a Room to Read site visit?
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 for a Room to Read site visit?
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 total visit can be one to two days in duration, depending on the travel required to reach our program areas. Additional information can be found on the Site Visits page.
What can I expect to see on a Room to Read site visit?
Experiencing our work in person can be an incredibly meaningful experience. Our Group Site Visits afford the unique opportunity to directly engage in our mission and meet some of the students, teachers, administrators, and community members who are directly impacted by our work.
What is provided on a Room to Read site visit?
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 Group 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 snack and water for the visit.
Who will accompany me on the site visit?
Group size varies from 1 participant to 12. July through December is a particularly popular time to travel and our Group Site Visits tend to have more participants during these months. As these visits are open to all of our supporters, groups tend to be fairly diverse and may include independent travelers, university students, Room to Read supporters, chapter members, volunteers, etc.
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.
What does the $25 fee cover?
When you register for a Group 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.
If I register for a visit and then need to cancel, can I get my $25 refunded?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a refund for cancellations submitted within one month of the scheduled site visit.