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How do I talk about my holiday in letters to my sponsored child?

You often ask us whether it’s ok to share about a holiday or special trip with your sponsored child …


How do I talk about my holiday in letters to my sponsored child

The British summer don’t you just love it? One day you’re applying factor 50 and the next you’re struggling to open a brolly. In true British style I often write about the weather and seasons in my letters to my sponsored children, but when it comes to holidays, I find myself holding back.

And I’m not alone. You often ask us whether it’s ok to share about a holiday or special trip with your sponsored child.

The answer is yes – absolutely! Like lots of children the kids in the Compassion programme are curious about different countries and cultures. So whether you’re jetting off or enjoying a staycation, here are five tips for sharing about your holiday.

1) Talk about visiting friends and family

How do I talk about my holiday in my letters to my sponsored child?

In many of the countries we work in visiting family or relatives during holidays is common and something your sponsored child will relate to.

In Indonesia, many of the children join their parents in visiting relatives during national holidays and festivals. During this time the capital, Jakarta, is empty for a few days as people go to their hometowns to get together and share a meal with family.

2) Share about a new food you tried

Talking about a whole meal may feel insensitive therefore you could talk about a new dish or ingredient you had on holiday. In your letter why not describe the taste or ask if they have a similar dish in your sponsored child’s country.

How do I talk about my holiday in my letters to my sponsored child

Five-year-old Tracy loves Papa Huancaina, a traditional Peruvian salad served at many of the Compassion projects. The dish consists of boiled yellow potatoes in a spicy cheese sauce which Tracy says, “… it’s really good!”

3) Buy a postcard

Sending a postcard of a landscape or building from your trip is a great way to share about a different part of the world with your sponsored child. The children in our programme love receiving pictures and want to know more about their sponsor’s life. When you send in your postcard don’t forget to write your child’s reference number on the back along with your Compassion reference.

boy holding letters from sponsor

Young girl holding postcard from sponsor

Ten-year-old Hellen and nine-year-old Victor from El Salvador were both delighted to receive postcards from their sponsors. For Hellen, "My sponsor, she is really special, she told me she visited Paris. She sends me cute letters and stickers and I like them.”

4) Share a highlight

Rather than detailing everything about your holiday, why not share a special highlight. This might be a particular place you visited, a funny incident or simply the enjoyment of having all your friends or family together.

How do I talk about my holiday in my letters to my sponsored child

Best friends Michele, Elizabeth, Josephine, Monica, Caroline and Lisa love spending time together at their Compassion project. Projects in Kenya meet on a Saturday and through different activities the girls have formed a close bond as well as a taste for mischief!

5) Send a map or flag

If you don’t feel comfortable writing about your holiday, why not include a map or a flag with some fun facts about the country you visited or the UK. At their Compassion project, children learn about different countries as part of the Compassion curriculum.

Thanks to fun sessions at his Compassion project, 10-year-old Cristofer from Honduras has been learning more about where his sponsor lives. 

Is it summertime where your sponsored child lives?

Depending where your sponsored child lives, they may also be on summer holiday. Why not ask some questions about summer in their country:

  • What is your favourite thing to do during the summer?
  • Do you go to school during the summer months?
  • Is there a sport you like to play during the summer?
  • What is your favourite thing to eat when it is hot outside?

Whether you decide to write about your summer holiday or the unpredictable British climate, your sponsored child will be delighted to receive a message from you. It only takes two letters or cards a year to boost your sponsored child esteem so why not write today?

Send a message



WORDS : Emily Laramy

PHOTOS : Compassion International


 

Article Comments

POSTCARDS

Brilliant... never crossed my mind regarding postcards as a paper submission to our sponsored child.. thank you for that ,and will put it into practice …
10 December 2018 |  Author : PAUL BISHOP

Holiday, maps and postcards

I have found all this of great help and will now have a lot more to write to my sponsored child about. It will be nice to tell her all about many things that we do in our lives. God Bless you all in all the work you do, for those children in need.
27 September 2018 |  Author : Linda Kennard

Writing about Holidays and other tips

Thanks for giving us new ideas to include in our correspondence to the children we sponsor. We are off to London in October and will put your suggestions into practice.
8 September 2018 |  Author : David Swannick

Writing about holidays.

Thank you,this is such a helpful article.
12 August 2018 |  Author : Beryl

Holiday ostcards

Thank you for your article about holidays I will certainly make sure I get a postcard to send to my sponsored child this summer.
8 August 2018 |  Author : Kay Carter

Letters to sponsored children

Your article is really helpful. I too have avoided writing about holidays. I now have several suggestions to include in future letters. Thanks/
6 August 2018 |  Author : Pamela Kerry

Holidays

Thank you for this. I wish I had thought to buy some postcards! A wonderful idea.
4 August 2018 |  Author : Ann

Writing about holidays

I have sent postcards to my sponsored children but never really known how to discuss them with but your information will be very useful. The idea of sending a flag or a map is one I think I will use. Thanks very much for all your help and the work you do to help all the children.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Jackie Pendleton

Holidays

Thank you so much for this post. I've always shied away from talking about trips abroad, but as three of our 4 children now live abroad it limits my conversation somewhat! Seeing the pictures of Hellen and Victor above also helped me see what a treasure postcards and little items can be to a child. Thank you.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Audrey Couper

Holiday Tips

Thankyou for the helpful tips about holidays. We now feel more able to share holiday news with our sponsored children without any awkwardness. We will certainly be putting the ideas about sending postcards, flags etc. into practice! We pray it will help them as they learn more about the wonderful world God has created.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Michael and Irene

Holidays

A very helpful article, thanks for this.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Rob McAvoy

Writing to my sponsored child

Thank you for the tips in what to write about, they are very useful and will bear them in mind when next writing. God Bless
2 August 2018 |  Author : Joyce

Holiday photos

The postcard idea in the article is great if you send paper letters. But, if you do them online, you can attach a photo of yourself on holiday and then put in the letter an explanation of where you were when the photo was taken & maybe an associated anecdote.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Teresa Pain

Holidays

Thank you so much for the useful information, find it a great help, will try and expand on my context of writing in the future. Blessings for all the great and wonderful work you do for God's precious children.
3 July 2018 |  Author : Betty Atkins

Writing about holidays!

Thank you for the article about writing about holidays! I found this so helpful! I hold back and havent written about us going away as it feels like I am bragging and I dont want my child to feel like they are missing out. The tips were really useful, I will buy postcards next time we are away! Thanks
19 June 2018 |  Author : steph Darbyshire
Article Comments

ARTICLE COMMENTS

POSTCARDS

Brilliant... never crossed my mind regarding postcards as a paper submission to our sponsored child.. thank you for that ,and will put it into practice …
10 December 2018 |  Author : PAUL BISHOP

Holiday, maps and postcards

I have found all this of great help and will now have a lot more to write to my sponsored child about. It will be nice to tell her all about many things that we do in our lives. God Bless you all in all the work you do, for those children in need.
27 September 2018 |  Author : Linda Kennard

Writing about Holidays and other tips

Thanks for giving us new ideas to include in our correspondence to the children we sponsor. We are off to London in October and will put your suggestions into practice.
8 September 2018 |  Author : David Swannick

Writing about holidays.

Thank you,this is such a helpful article.
12 August 2018 |  Author : Beryl

Holiday ostcards

Thank you for your article about holidays I will certainly make sure I get a postcard to send to my sponsored child this summer.
8 August 2018 |  Author : Kay Carter

Letters to sponsored children

Your article is really helpful. I too have avoided writing about holidays. I now have several suggestions to include in future letters. Thanks/
6 August 2018 |  Author : Pamela Kerry

Holidays

Thank you for this. I wish I had thought to buy some postcards! A wonderful idea.
4 August 2018 |  Author : Ann

Writing about holidays

I have sent postcards to my sponsored children but never really known how to discuss them with but your information will be very useful. The idea of sending a flag or a map is one I think I will use. Thanks very much for all your help and the work you do to help all the children.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Jackie Pendleton

Holidays

Thank you so much for this post. I've always shied away from talking about trips abroad, but as three of our 4 children now live abroad it limits my conversation somewhat! Seeing the pictures of Hellen and Victor above also helped me see what a treasure postcards and little items can be to a child. Thank you.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Audrey Couper

Holiday Tips

Thankyou for the helpful tips about holidays. We now feel more able to share holiday news with our sponsored children without any awkwardness. We will certainly be putting the ideas about sending postcards, flags etc. into practice! We pray it will help them as they learn more about the wonderful world God has created.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Michael and Irene

Holidays

A very helpful article, thanks for this.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Rob McAvoy

Writing to my sponsored child

Thank you for the tips in what to write about, they are very useful and will bear them in mind when next writing. God Bless
2 August 2018 |  Author : Joyce

Holiday photos

The postcard idea in the article is great if you send paper letters. But, if you do them online, you can attach a photo of yourself on holiday and then put in the letter an explanation of where you were when the photo was taken & maybe an associated anecdote.
2 August 2018 |  Author : Teresa Pain

Holidays

Thank you so much for the useful information, find it a great help, will try and expand on my context of writing in the future. Blessings for all the great and wonderful work you do for God's precious children.
3 July 2018 |  Author : Betty Atkins

Writing about holidays!

Thank you for the article about writing about holidays! I found this so helpful! I hold back and havent written about us going away as it feels like I am bragging and I dont want my child to feel like they are missing out. The tips were really useful, I will buy postcards next time we are away! Thanks
19 June 2018 |  Author : steph Darbyshire
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