A visit to one of our partner communities 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. Whether you have been a supporter for years, or are just beginning to learn about our work, this unique, firsthand experience will change the way you view your place in the world.
Room to Read is continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) closely with information from credible agencies including the World Health Organization and the Center of Disease Control, and through our teams in-country. We will inform participants of any travel advisories or cancellations due to the spread of the virus as soon as possible. Please feel free to learn more about the evolving situation by visiting:
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When you register for a field trip, 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 visit. Room to Read hires a vehicle and driver to provide transportation to and from our partner schools.
Cancellations received within 30 days of registering for a field trip are eligible for a refund. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for your generous offer to bring gifts. While we certainly appreciate this, we ask visitors not to bring extra gifts so we do not foster a culture of dependence between the students and guests. As you know, we rely on community involvement and co-investment to increase the likelihood for success and long-term sustainability of our projects. Our model acts as a catalyst for community participation, ownership and pride. As you can imagine, when our donors commit to supporting the residents directly, this can undermine the partnership our local teams have established with community officials and organizations. We are happy to discuss our rationale and program model with you in more depth if you have any questions.
We want to be respectful to the local cultures and customs of the countries we work in. Please dress appropriately and wear modest clothes. This includes covered knees and shoulders. Additionally, women should not wear low-cut tops. Please do not wear camouflage patterns.
Please note that when entering a library or home, it is respectful to remove your shoes and hat in most of the countries we work in.
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 one to 12 participants and may include independent travelers, university students, Room to Read supporters, chapter members, volunteers and local NGO workers.
Field trips 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 visitors—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.
Often, space to visit a Room to Read program 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 visits outside of those listed on our website. This also minimizes any disruptions for students, teachers and administrators in our project schools.
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