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MESSAGE OF GREETINGS Dear Honored Members, Alumni and Senators of JCI, Dear delegates of the 2018 JCI World Congress, Welcome to Goa! Welcome to the 2018 JCI World Congress! It is here in Goa, that we gather to celebrate our impact of 2018 and begin new efforts to achieve our vision. Since 2014, JCI has positioned itself as the organization that will unite all sectors of society. This year we have strategically assessed our organization and we have developed a new plan for us as we continue on our journey. Through small, local actions, we have created positive change in our communities and empower young people around the world. Thank you for your dedication, passion and support. Your efforts throughout the year have uplifted the spirits of those around you. In my travels, I have witnessed how JCI members dedicate their lives to living JCI values and advancing our mission. In every visit, I saw active citizens take to heart that “change begins with me” and seek out opportunities to empower others while leading innovative initiatives to support the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. As we gather in Goa, I count on each one of you to engage with your fellow delegates, contribute fully to the discussions and to take advantage of all the knowledge the sessions and speakers provide. Over the next few days, connect with the active citizens around you and remember that “change begins with me”. Allow me to close with these words from John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, By all means that you can, In all the ways you can In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, For as long as you can.” Once again, welcome to Goa and the 2018 JCI World Congress! Best regards,

Marc Brian Lim 2018 JCI President

Destination: Goa, India


Accommodation Headquarters Hotel

Grand Hyatt Hotel P.O. Goa University Road, Bambolim, North Goa, India, 403206 Tel: +91-832-3011234 •

Senate Hotel

Cidade de Goa Vainguinim Beach Goa, India, 403206 Tel: +91-832-2454545 •

Venue Grand Hyatt Hotel The Grand Hyatt Hotel will serve as the Headquarters Hotel for the 2018 JCI World Congress. Redefining luxury at the heart of Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa overlooks 28 acres of colorful, tropical gardens and lush lawns that roll down to the stunning waters of the Bambolim Bay. At the Grand Hyatt Goa, you will be able to experience the warmth and hospitality of India while enjoying majority of the conference activities in this location. Priding themselves on being one of the best hotels in Goa, the Grand Hyatt is ideal for business guests due to their expansive meeting and event spaces for conference gatherings. You’ll enjoy easy access to popular attractions, like the breathtaking Dudhsagar Falls, the historic Braganza House, the many cathedrals of Old Goa and the Indian flavors from the Palolem Spice Farm. The hotel offers a variety of hotel amenities that will make your stay enjoyable including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped gym and an on-site spa.

Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium Located on the campus of Goa University, the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium and outdoor space will be used for multiple events during this year’s congress, serving as a world-class multipurpose entertainment, meeting and convention complex for Goa. The Opening Ceremony, Awards Ceremony and Presidential Inauguration and Farewell Dinner will also be hosted at this magnificent venue.

Destination: Goa, India



INFORMATION Registration Delegates are strongly encouraged to register online before arriving to Goa. Upon arrival registered delegates should pick up their name badges at the Headquarters Hotel.

The registration desk will be open at the Grand Hyatt in the Atrium:

• Monday 29 October: 14:00 – 17:00 • Tuesday 30 October: 9:00 – 19:00

Travel Visa Almost everyone coming from outside of India, except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan, must have a valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity and a nonimmigrant visitor visa to travel to Goa. Delegates are recommended to get coference visas. Visas are not available at the airport upon entry. For information on visas, please contact the Indian Embassy located nearest to you or check the official website to see whether you require a visa for entry into the country.

• Wednesday 31 October: 9:00 – 18:00

To learn more about Indian visas, visit:

• Thursday 1 November: 9:00 – 18:00

• Friday 2 November: 9:00 – 18:00 Only delegates who register will be allowed to participate in JCI World Congress events. Admission will be restricted to delegates wearing congress badges and holding entry tickets, when necessary.

Health There are some vaccines that are recommended and required before traveling to Goa. These vaccines include typhoid, measles-mumpsrubella (MMR) vaccine, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, polio, influenza, malaria and dengue fever. However, you should always make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing and if you are traveling from a country beforehand.


Traveling to Goa

Congress Attire

By Plane

National dress, dark business suits or tuxedos,

Dabolim Airport or Goa Airport (GOI) is located 15.5 miles, exactly 25 kilometers, southwest of Bambolim Bay, and is the primary airport serving the Goa area. It features both domestic and international terminals and serves many airlines. To learn more about flights to and from Goa, visit:

Transportation to Hotel By Taxi

cocktail or evening dresses are appropriate for: • Opening Ceremony • Awards Ceremony featuring the 2018 JCI TOYP Honorees • Presidential Inauguration and Farewell Dinner

Business suits or national dress are appropriate for: • General Assemblies • Social Enterprise Challenge • Business Exchange Conclave

Taxis are available from the Dabolim Airport (GOI) on the ground level outside of the baggage claim areas. They can be recognized by their yellow, black or white color. There is a pre-paid taxi from the booth to reduce the chances of you experiencing a service scam. The typical fare to the Grand Hyatt Hotel is INR 700 – 800 and the trip takes 30 minutes. Learn more about taxi fare rates here:

Arrive by Shuttle Shuttle buses commonly run between GOI and many hotels, the

Business casual dress is appropriate for: • Skills development courses • Workshops and Forums

Casual dress (unless otherwise indicated) is appropriate for:

• National parties • Tourism

metropolitan area and tourist areas. If you are staying at a hotel, ask your hotel prior to your travels if there is a free shuttle you can book.

Arrive By Rental Car Several car rental companies offer their services at the GOI Rental Car Center for pick up and drop off. It is recommended to book your rental ahead of time on-line. Learn more about rental car companies and book your rental by visiting,

Arrvie by Bus Local buses are available in the terminal of GOI. It is recommended that you book your tickets in advance since buses tend to be crowded and follow irregular schedules. The main bus services are operated by the Kadamba Transport Corporation operating to most towns and cities in Goa. Learn more and obtain your bus concession pass here:

Destination: Goa, India




As far as Indian states go, Goa has been ranked a “Best Quality of

Portuguese influence in Goa. From the relaxing beaches and laid-

Life” state by the National Commission on Population for its white

back tropic atmosphere to the historical and religious landmarks, Goa

sand beaches, Goan cuisine and GDP per capita. This coastal region

is a grand city for all to visit.

is a part of Konkan region. Goa is the smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population in India but is considered a major tourism hub for international visitors due to its rich flora and being a


biodiversity hotspot.

Konkani is the official language of Goa, whereas Hindi is the official language of India. The language Marathi is also used in this region.

Although, Goa was established as a state in 1987, the history of Goa

English is widely spoken in Goa.

dates back to prehistoric times. Situated in Western India on the Konkan Coast, some parts of Goa still appear to have been uplifted from the sea due to a geological tectonic plate movement dating back


to 10,000 BC. Goa was ruled by several dynasties of various origins

Goa will be in the post-monsoon season from October to January;

until the Medieval period making Goa one of the major trade centers

therefore, bring an umbrella and expect a few afternoon showers at

in India, attracting even more influential dynasties, merchants and

the very least. During the warmer months, like November, the average

missionaries. The Portuguese fleet took possession of Goa in 1510

temperature ranges from mid 80s to low 90s (29–35 °C), so make sure

and controlled the state until 1961, despite India being independent

to bring extra sunscreen and stay hydrated.

in 1947. Since then, Goa has grown into one of Asia and the Pacific’s most

Time Zone

beautiful and popular vacation spots. The state is divided into two

India Standard Time (UTC +5:30 hours)

districts; North Goa and South Goa, with Panaji being the capital and headquarters for the North Goa district. In addition to its tropical beauty, Goa also offers visitors a taste of the European culture


through the Indo-Portuguese styled architecture and historical sites

The country code for India is +91. When calling abroad from India,

in Old Goa. Situated within Panjim is an area called Fontainhas,

you must dial 91 and then use the respective code of the country that

which has Portuguese-era structures and represents the traditional

you are calling. The country code is then followed by the area code and phone number.




Although Wi-Fi is available throughout India, it is generally only

In India, the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency

available to subscribers to a variety of paid services, most of which

is 50 Hz. The power sockets are of type C, D and M. Type C is also

are difficult for travelers to subscribe to. However, throughout the city,

known as the standard “Euro plug and works with plug E and F. Type

free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels for hotel guests.

D sockets only works with plug D and Type M sockets only works with type M plugs.


The official currency in Goa is the Rupee (₹ INR). Currency can be

exchanged at the airport, banks, some hotels and exchange offices

throughout the city.

Type C

Type D

Credit Cards and ATMs Major credit cards are accepted at some establishments, though it’s best to keep cash on hand in India. Businesses that do take credit cards will often display the logo for the cards they accept; Visa is the most widely accepted, followed by MasterCard and Rupay. Although

Type M

ATMs are the most convenient way to withdraw money in India, they

For more information on electricity visit:

are not as evenly distributed on inland destinations, but there are

many 24-hour ATMs in the cities of Panaji, Margao and in smaller villages and beach resorts. As with any other destination, avoid withdrawing and carrying large sums of cash. Exercise the same vigilance in terms of security consciousness and discretion as you would elsewhere when using an ATM.

Tipping and Gratuity Tipping is not part of Indian culture and tips are never expected for services rendered but is always appreciated. Tipping 10% on a highend restaurant bill is acceptable as well as tipping hotel porters and maids at least ₹50 is acceptable.

Destination: Goa, India



Cultural Notes

Car Rentals


Several car rental companies are available throughout Goa including

Religion is an important part of everyday life in Goa, having three main

Hertz, Enterprise and Budget. These companies can be found at

religions represented in the state. Hinduism accounts for around 60%

several locations including the Dabolim Airport (GOI).

of the population, with Christianity at 30% and Islam being practiced

In many cases, renting a car in India will usually include a driver due to the difficult road conditions and knowledge of the terrain. Renting a car with a driver will cost around INR ₹ 2000.00 per day. If you decide to drive yourself, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license (home license will do). Since India is a country with a hot climate, hiring a car with AC is a must.

by 10% of the population. Before being colonized in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Hinduism was the primary religion of Goans. Once the Portuguese imposed Roman Catholicism onto the population, Christianity became well rooted into the state even after they were given the freedom to choose their religion. Today, Hindus, Christians and Muslims coexist in Goa peacefully. When visiting churches, cathedrals and temples throughout Goa — a

Attire in Goa

popular attraction for tourists — photography is usually permitted,

Goa residents typically wear casual and modern style clothes such

out for appropriate signs. Some churches, cathedrals and temples

as jeans, casual dresses, t-shirts and sneakers. Goa residents tend

may prohibit entry to visitors if they are not modestly dressed.

to dress up when heading out to nicer restaurants, upscale bars and

but is forbidden in some temples and churches so please keep an eye

nightclubs. Don’t forget to bring a long-sleeved shirt and pants when


visiting churches, temples and mosques.

Goan cuisine is heavily influenced by Portuguese cuisine and famous for its rich variety of fish dishes, such as rice and fish curry using elaborate spices. Goan food may be divided into Goan Catholic and Hindu cuisine, both having a very distinct taste and cooking style. Coconut and coconut oil are widely used in both cuisines, but Catholic cuisine uses more chili peppers, spices and vinegar than Goan Hindu cuisine. Goa has a rich wine culture and has a few local liquors prepared from the fermented fruit from the cashew tree and the sap of toddy palms.


Destination: Goa, India




Tourism Resources

Palolem Beach

With a wide range of activities and sights to see, there is something

Named one of Goa’s most picture-perfect beaches, Palolem Beach is

special for everyone in Goa. To decide how to schedule your perfect

1.61 kilometers (exactly 1 mile) long crescent-shaped bay. This beach

post-conference plans, visit the following sites for more information:

is inhabited by both locals and foreign tourists living along the shore

• • • •

in colorful bamboo huts. Away from the beach, you can learn to fish, cook, join a morning yoga class or cruise by motorbike to wildlife parks, tropical restaurants and surrounding beaches. Unlike most of the beaches around Goa, Palolem is one of the safest swimming spots in Goa allowing you to comfortably kayak, paddleboard and partake in other water sports to unwind from your congress experience.


Dudhsagar Falls

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Meaning “Sea of Milk” in Konkani, the Dudhsagar Falls is Goa’s

Located on the western tip of the Island of Chorāo along the Mandovi

most impressive waterfall found in the far southeastern corner of the

River in Goa, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is named after the eminent

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. October is the perfect time to

Indian ornithologist, Salim Ali. This 440-acre mangrove habitat is

visit this breathtaking sight when the water levels are at their highest

accessed by a ferry service running between Ribander and Chorāo.

causing the cascades to earn their milky look. This is the second

Several species of birds can be seen at this bird sanctuary such as

highest waterfall in India, measuring in at 603 meters (1,978 feet).

the western reef heron, black bittern and jack snipe. The sanctuary

Make sure you wear your swimsuit because swimming is possible

is also a host to mudskippers, fiddler crabs and other forest habitat

with a life jacket. You can also walk the distance to the head of the


falls with the help of a local guide to see the beautiful views of Goa.

Destination: Goa, India


Bom Jesus Basilica and Old Goa

Tambdi Surla Temple

Considered the “Rome of the East” from the 16th – 18th centuries,

Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla is a 12th century Shaivite temple of the

Old Goa still has a sense of grandness and wander with its towering

Lord Mahadeva and an active place of Hindu worship. Known as the

churches, cathedrals and majestic Portuguese architecture. At one

oldest temple in Goa, India; the temple is built from basalt which was

point, Old Goa’s population exceeded that of London, but due to

carried across the mountains from the Deccan plateau and carved by

cholera and malaria outbreaks in the 1600’s majority of the population

the craftsmen. It is considered to be the only specimen of Kadamba-

in Goa’s former capital in Old Goa was forced to evacuate. Although,

Yadava architecture in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa.

the capital shifted to Panaji in 1843, the historical buildings and grand

This temple has survived invasions during the Goa Inquisition due to

cathedrals, such as the Bom Jesus Basilica, remain in Old Goa and

its remote location, which is in a clearing deep within the forest at the

have been remarkably well preserved. Consider visiting this area for

foot of the Western Ghats surrounding the site. The temple faces east

the historical buildings, museums and gorgeous ruins of Old Goa.

so it sees the first rays of the rising sun.

Combining elements of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian designs, this elaborate late-Renaissance structure has been a landmark for the

Fort Aguada

Roman Catholic world since 1605. The Bom Jesus Basilica, also

Fort Aguada is a well-preserved 17th century Portuguese fort standing

known as the Basilica of Bom Jesus, contains the tomb and remains

in Goa on Sinquerim Beach and overlooking the Arabian Sea. The fort

of the legendary Apostle of the Indies, St. Francis Xavier. Crowds are

was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas.

busiest at the basilica during the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, which is

It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that

a nine-day devotional festivity beginning on 3 December. Guides are

time. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the

available for visitors to gain the historical background of this simple

ships that used to stop by, giving the fort its name: Aguada, meaning

but grand basilica for ₹100. Mass and confession are also held daily.

Water. Crews of passing ships would also visit to replenish their fresh water stores. On the fort, stands a four-story Portuguese lighthouse

Anjuna Market

that was erected in 1864 and it’s the oldest of its kind in Asia. Built in

This weekly Wednesday flea market was conceived by backpackers

of storing 2,376,000 gallons of water, one of the biggest freshwater

and hippies over thirty years ago. Deemed as one of the best markets

storages of the time in whole of Asia.

to visit in Goa, make sure you explore this colorful and vibrant shopping area for a view of mainstream merchandise mixed with handmade sculptures and jewelry. Throughout this blend of street stalls, you will find sacks of spices from Kerala, colorful shirts created by Gujarati tribal women and beaded bags from the people of Rajasthan. Take a break from finding good bargains in this memorable market by visiting the chai stalls and restaurants with live music.


1612, it was once the grandstand of 79 cannons. It has the capacity

Destination: Goa, India




Opening Ceremony At the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 JCI World Congress, National Presidents and heads of delegations will greet delegates, represent their countries and showcase their traditional costumes. Come cheer for your National Organization, enjoy the first day of the celebrations with entertainment and connect with the JCI community.

Tuesday 30 October 18:30 – 20:00 Venue: Shyam Prasad Stadium

Impact Forums and Sessions Learn how to engage, innovate and change your community in order to create sustainable impact!

First Timer’s Orientation Tuesday 30 October 16:00 – 17:00 Room: Salao 1, 2 & 3 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

JCI Morning Show Wednesday 31 October | 09:00 – 10:00 Thursday 1 November | 09:00 – 10:00 Friday 2 November | 09:00 – 10:00 Room: Grand Ballrooms 1, 2 & 3 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

2019 Vice President Candidates Presentation and Caucus

Wednesday 31 October 11:00 – 13:00 Room: Grand Ballrooms 1, 2 & 3 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

Accelerating Transformation with the New Strategic Plan

Wednesday 31 October 14:30 – 16:30 Room: Lawn Hall 1 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

2019 Executive Vice President & President Candidates Presentation and Caucus Thursday 1 November 11:00 – 13:00 Room: Grand Ballrooms 1, 2 & 3 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa


JCI TOYP Honoree Workshop: Collaborating for Impact

JCI World Public Speaking Championship Thursday 1 November

Friday 2 November

11:00 – 12:00

11:15 – 13:15

Room: Salao 4 & 5

Room: Lawn Hall 1

Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

Social Enterprise Challenge and Panel

JCI Twinning Ceremony Thursday 1 November

Friday 2 November

11:00 – 12:00

14:00 – 16:00

Room: Salao 1

Room: Lawn Hall 1

Venue: Grand Hyatt

Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

Business Exchange Conclave

JCI World Debating Championship (Spanish) Thursday 1 November

Saturday 3 November

14:00 – 17:00

09:00 – 12:00

Room: Salao 1

Room: Grand Ballrooms 1, 2 & 3 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

General Assemblies See the major decisions your national representatives will make this year to create impact across the world!

Wednesday 31 October 14:30 – 18:00 Room: Grand Ballrooms 1, 2 & 3 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

Thursday 1 November 14:30 – 18:00 Room: Grand Ballrooms 1, 2 & 3 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

Friday 2 November 14:00 – 15:30 Room: Grand Ballrooms 1, 2 & 3 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

JCI Programs

Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

JCI World Debating Championship (French) Thursday 1 November 14:00 – 17:00 Room: Salao 2 & 3 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

JCI World Debating Championship (English) Thursday 1 November 14:00 – 18:30 Room: Salao 4 & 5 Venue: Grand Hyatt Goa

JCI Awards Ceremony featuring 2018 TOYP Honorees

Wednesday 31 October 19:00 – 21:00 Venue: Shyam Prasad Stadium

Presidential Inauguration and Farewell Dinner Delegates join for one last celebration to close this exciting event.

JCI members are challenged to show their impact at the

The 2019 JCI President-Elect will be inaugurated and recieve the

international level. Don’t miss the most exciting competitions and

presidential chain. Mingle with friends, new and old, one last time for

seize the opportunity to share best practices during the congress!

a delicious and fun night to remember!

Saturday 3 November 19:30 – 22:30 Venue: Shyam Prasad Stadium

Destination: Goa, India


National Nights JCI members work hard all day to improve themselves and the world around them, but there’s no reason we can’t party too. Bring your name badge to get inside, where you’ll find friends from all over the wolrd enjoying the native food and drink. Check your schedule for times and venues, or just wait until nightfall and follow the crowds. Welcome Night Tuesday 30 October 20:00 – 22:30 Room: Outdoors Venue: Shyam Prasad Stadium Global Village Wednesday 31 October 20:00 – 23:00 Venue: Shyam Prasad Stadium JCI Japan Night Thursday 1 November 19:30 – 23:00 Venue: Shyam Prasad Stadium

Congress Organizing Committee For any questions regarding the 2018 JCI World Congress, visit for more info.

Congress Organizing Committee Director

Poonam Shirsat

Emergency Contact In the case of an emergency please dial 112 to get ahold of the fire department, the police or an ambulance.

Destination: Goa, India  

A Practical Guide to the 2018 JCI World Congress in Goa, India.

Destination: Goa, India  

A Practical Guide to the 2018 JCI World Congress in Goa, India.