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During this group trip, you will meet your sponsored child on a common day where all the sponsored children meet with the sponsors.

Your sponsored child may feel overwhelmed or intimidated at the beginning of your visit. But a few conversation starts and one or two fun activities can help you break the ice!

You will have a translator who will really allow you to know more about your sponsored child and to communicate with him/her.

Don't be surprised if your sponsored child has a gift for you too! You are a special person to him.

On site, do not hesitate to take pictures. This way, you will return with unforgettable memories. And you can send him 1-2 photos in your next letter. If you are visiting his or her home or if he or she is accompanied by a relative, please ask permission to take pictures of them.

Practical ideas to promote contact with your sponsored child

Here are some questions to ask him or ideas to get started:

  • Introduce yourself and your family and ask questions about your sponsored child's family.
  • Do you like school?
  • What classes do you like in school?
  • Who are your best friends?
  • What sports do you practice and what sport do you practice?
  • What is your favorite song?
  • Do you have a favorite Bible verse? Tell him what's yours
  • What do you like to eat? Tell him what you like to eat.
  • Talk about the letters you received and the drawings

Some activities to share:

  • Bring pictures of your family, friends and pets, and share them with your sponsored child.
  • Bring copies of photos of your sponsored child or copies of letters you received from him or her.
  • Play together - soccer ball, frisbee and ropes are fun!
  • Teach him a song or ask him to teach you one in his language
  • Draw drawings or do crafts together.
  • Teach your sponsored child a Bible story.
  • Bring nail polish - most little girls will love having their nails painted!

What you can bring to your sponsored child

Your visit in itself is the most beautiful gift you can offer to these children and to the staff of the projects you will visit. Take time with your sponsored child, get to know his or her family, greet his or her parents, teachers and school officials. You will learn a lot about your sponsored child, and this will help you to pray more effectively. Prayer is an important gift not to be forgotten!

And if you want to bring gifts, it's also possible!

If you want to bring a gift to your sponsored child, think about practical things, not just toys. These children live in countries where the needs are immense. As a result, "luxury" toys do not really find their place there. Here are some gift suggestions:

  • A football
  • T-shirts
  • Clothes
  • Bars, ribbons or hair elastics
  • Pens, coloured pencils, notebooks
  • Shoes
  • Books, a Bible, a dictionary
  • A doll
  • A recent photo of your family or a folder with photos of you, your family, your region...

But be careful, don't give too many gifts. Unintentionally, you may embarrass the child and his or her family. When giving, the recipient likes to be able to give something in return, whether it is a smile, a song, a hug, a cup of coffee or an egg laid this morning by the family hen. In addition, too many gifts can lead to jealousy between the sponsored children. Two to five well-chosen gifts will be a real joy for your sponsored child and a wonderful memory of your visit to him/her.

Think about the other children in the family. Because families live together and share everything, the gifts you offer will be a surprise for the whole family. You can bring chewing gum, peanuts or candy to hand out. Or you can choose to offer a gift for everyone, a sheet, towel or even a pig or goat. Ask the Compassionate Caregivers, they will help you.

One more thing, don't promise new gifts. It is better to identify the child's needs and make a gift with a donation to the child once you are back in Switzerland. But don't tell the child about it on the spot. Too many children are still waiting for a broken promise.

Finally, please be aware that it is not permitted to make cash donations to the child and his or her family, or to Compassion staff members on site.

Patenreise nach Indonesien

04. Oktober 2019 - 12. Oktober 2019

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