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Experiencing one of our partner communities firsthand gives you one-of-a-kind access to our projects, the opportunity to meet our local teams, and interact with the children, parents, and teachers in our programs.
A site visits typically takes a full day including travel time with 1–3 hours spent at the school community. Your day begins getting to know other site visit participants and members of our local staff. After a brief orientation on Room to Read's presence in-country, the group will depart for the project site. There you will meeting the school administration and participate in interactive learning activities with the students and school community.*
A site visit with Room to Read is the perfect way to learn more about our work and make your international travel experience truly unique.
*Site visit itineraries vary by project. Refer to your specific departure for itinerary details.
It gave us a chance to see teaching methods and hear an entirely different language. I was very impressed!
South Africa School Visit
My three friends and I absolutely loved our visit to the school in Long An! It was the highlight of our trip!
Visitor in Vietnam
Our trip made our support for Room to Read's work from theoretical to very real. It was a privilege!
Gary and Molly
Site Visit in India
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.