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Dear 2013 JCI World Congress Delegates and Honored Guests,






Greetings from JCI World Headquarters! It is my pleasure to welcome you to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for JCI’s biggest event of the year. The hard work of the JCI World Headquarters team and the Congress Organizing Committee has produced for you a fantastic program where you will be able to grow as a leader, make lasting connections with other young active citizens dedicated to creating positive impact and have fun celebrating our achievements. I urge you to take advantage of all that this World Congress has to offer and to bring your enthusiasm and ideas to each event. We have tailored the program so that you can also enjoy the beautiful beaches, scenery and culture of Rio de Janeiro while making every second of your Congress experience count. At this exciting event, it is our task to use innovative thinking and work hard to take responsibility for the future of our world. With the information in this guide, you will be able to prepare well for your trip and increase your sense of excited anticipation for all that awaits you in Rio. As always, if you have any questions, we at JCI World Headquarters are happy to help, so do not hesitate to ask. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you in Rio!

Edson A. Kodama JCI Secretary General

Know Before You Go

Registration Delegates are strongly encouraged to register online before arriving in Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, registered delegates should pick up their name badges at The Windsor Barra Hotel. The registration desk will be open:

• November 3 from 14:00 to 17:00 • November 4-7 from 9:00 to 18:00 • November 8 from 9:00 to 12:00

Only delegates who register will be allowed to participate in Congress events. Admission will be restricted to delegates wearing Congress badges and holding event entry tickets, when necessary.

Congress Events Attire National dress, dark business suits or tuxedos, cocktail or evening dresses are appropriate for:

Accommodation Headquarters Hotel The Windsor Barra Hotel Av. Lúcio Costa, 2630 - Barra da Tijuca Rio de Janeiro, 22620-172, Brazil Tel: +55 21 2195-5000 Web: Other hotels that will receive complimentary transportation to Congress events are:        

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Promenade Barra First Promenade Paradiso All Suites Transamérica Prime Royal Tulip

JCI World Headquarters JCI World Headquarters can be reached via the following contact info: Phone: +1 636 449 3100 Email:

Hotel Reservations For assistance with booking your hotel reservation, please contact Aline Ferreira: Phone: +55 21 3216 9231 Email:

  • Opening Ceremony   • Awards Ceremony featuring the 2013 JCI TOYP   Honorees   • JCI Presidential Inauguration and Gala Dinner Business suits or national dress are appropriate for:   • General Assemblies Casual dress (unless otherwise indicated) is appropriate for:          

• JCI Official Courses, forums and workshops • JCI Programs • National parties • Global Village • Community Outreach Project

Travel Visa Brazil requires individuals from some nations to obtain visas before entering the country. Visit to determine whether or not you need to apply for a visa before departing for Rio de Janeiro. Apply early to ensure that your visa request is processed in time for your travel, as this can sometimes take weeks or even months for approval. Visas cannot be obtained upon arrival in Brazil. Even if a visa is not required for travel, ensure that you bring your passport and that it is valid for at least 90 days following your departure date. Customs officials may also request a hotel reservation, return airfare ticket or proof of financial stability. Make sure your passport has blank Visa pages, as Brazil will apply a stamp and requires sufficient free space on passport pages.

Time Zone In November the Brazil Standard Time will be BRST, which is GMT (UTC) -2 hours.


Transportation Air Travel Traveling by air, delegates will arrive at the Galeão International Airport. Hotels are accessible from Galeão Airport by bus or taxi, or delegates can rent a car to use during their stay.

Transportation to Your Hotel Upon arrival, delegates should go to one of the taxi stands located in the airport just outside of the customs area and purchase a pre-paid taxi voucher. These stands will give you a fixed price for your hotel location and they accept all major credit cards. After exiting the airport, take your taxi voucher to one of the white, green or blue taxis. There will be yellow taxis waiting outside as well, but they do not accept the vouchers and instead will want to negotiate their own rate, which can be costly. Make sure to have your hotel address written down as most drivers speak limited English. Delegates can also travel to their hotels by bus from the airport. Four bus lines operated by Real Auto Bus depart from right outside the arrival section of Gaeleão. They run about every 30 minutes between 05:30 and 23:30 hours. Busses are available on the north side of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Fares can be paid on board the Real Auto Ônibus busses or at the ticket counters located in the arrival passenger reception areas of both terminals for other bus companies. Fares are about R$12 per adult passenger. A full list of bus transportation companies, their scheduled stops and fares, is available at the following website:,undefined,REAL63424620130715185415-20.html. Delegates who would like to rent their own transportation can find car rental locations on the north side of the arrival areas at both terminals.

Taxi Another great way to get around Rio, and arguably the safest way, is by taxi. There are two categories of taxis; city taxis and airport taxis. The city taxis are yellow with a blue line across the side and the airport taxis are white, green or blue. Make sure you have Brazilian Reals or a credit card to pay for taxis, as they will not accept foreign currency. Taxis are available 24 hours a day.

Metro The Rio de Janeiro Metro, services the majority of Rio and its surrounding communities. The metro is best to use when trying to access areas from Copacabana through to Downtown Rio. It is considered one of the safer ways to travel as well as the most economical option. The standard one-way fare is R$3.20. It has very clean and air-conditioned stations and subway cars. Expect it to be crowded during rush hours similar to other metropolitan cities. All of the signs include English, but do not rely on the public announcement system to let you know your train has arrived. It is often difficult to hear. Most trains operate between intervals of 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day. Metro operation hours are as follows:

with a minimum refill of R$5. For more information, please visit

Venues The Windsor Barra Hotel will host the majority of the daytime activities at the 2013 JCI World Congress. Also serving as the Headquarters Hotel, delegates will not have to leave the building to catch many of the exciting programs on the Congress schedule. The Opening Ceremony and JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the TOYP Honorees will occur at the Citibank Hall, which is one of the premier theatres in all of Rio de Janeiro. Global Village will take place at Barra Music, a renowned nightclub and the Presidential Gala will be hosted at Riocentro.

Health Check with your health care professional about which vaccinations to receive before traveling to Brazil. Although no special immunizations or medications are necessary to enter Brazil, the US Center for Disease Control recommends that all travelers stay up-to-date on all routine vaccinations and receive Hepatitis A and B vaccinations as late as eight weeks prior to travel.

Electricity Power outlets or sockets in Brazil have two and three prong slots with a current of 110 volts and a frequency of 60 Hz. The plug type C is most commonly used. Delegates planning to bring electronic devices should invest in adaptors to ensure compatibility with local power supply. Type C plug:

Currency Brazil’s unit of currency is the Real (R$). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused Brazilian Reals before departure. Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card and VISA are accepted at most restaurants, although cash is still expected at family-owned businesses. Traveler’s checks are also accepted in Brazil. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are easy to find at most convenience and department stores and almost all ATMs can display information in English as well as Portuguese.

Monday - Saturday: 05:00 – 00:00 Sunday and holidays: 07:00 – 23:00 Delegates may also purchase Prepaid Cards. These are valid on the metro and on busses run by the metro company. Prepaid Cards must have a minimum prepayment of R$10


Discover Brazil

About Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, located on the South Atlantic coast. Rio is famous for breathtaking landscape, laidback beach culture and its annual Carnival. The harbor of Rio de Janeiro is comprised of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it appear to be the mouth of a river. Additionally, spectacular geographic features, including Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue, surround the harbor. Rio will host many of the 2014 FIFA World Cup games, including the final. The 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics will also be held in Rio de Janeiro making it the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics.

Attire in Rio de Janeiro

Cultural Notes Appearance is a very important thing in Brazilian culture. Brazilians pride themselves on their ability to dress well. Brazilian culture takes family values and ties very seriously. They are also known for their informality, good nature and charm, valuing warmth and spontaneity. Interactions in Rio de Janeiro are an informal process. Brazilians are expressive people, so touching arms, elbows and backs is a very common thing. Upon introduction, most Brazilians exchange kisses by placing their cheeks together and kissing the air. Firm handshakes are exchanged between men. A woman extends her hand first to a male, but he typically kisses a female associate on either cheek. When leaving a small group, be sure to shake hands with everyone present. When meeting someone for the first time, and until they tell you to do otherwise, address the person by their academic, professional or honorific title followed by their first or given name. Business cards are also a big part of the Brazilian culture. Prior to your trip, have business cards printed in both in your native language and Portuguese and distribute to everyone present when you arrive, making sure the Portuguese text is facing up.

Style varies on every street across Brazil. In general, the dress code is casual and comfortable. Men typically wear sneakers and choose lightweight material such as cotton for hot weather. Otherwise, they wear slacks and dress shirts or polos that are typical for men around the world. Women are very concerned with fashion and wear the latest fashions seen in most other cities around the world. Jeans are essential clothing for all Brazilians. They are proud of their bodies and dress in fashions that show of their figures, not matter their size. For the beach, women wear bikinis and most men wear Speedos.

Language Portuguese is the official language spoken in Brazil and some people may speak a little English as well. The official language of 2013 JCI World Congress is English. Simultaneous interpretation in the official JCI languages will be offered at certain events.

Weather Since Rio is in a tropical climate, temperatures are warmer and the city does not see the four distinct seasons present in less tropical regions. The average temperature in November is around 76째F (25째C). November is the end of Spring in Brazil, so there will be more sunny and warmer days to go out and enjoy the sights and attractions as Summer approaches.

Gratuity and Value Added Tax In general, tipping is not necessary in Rio, though at most restaurants and bars, a standard service fee of 10% is included in the bill. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped, but a small gratuity is appreciated, while bellhops expect tips of around R$5-R$10 for each person, and your chambermaid in your hotel should be tipped about R$5+ per day.


Tourism Resources


With a wide range of activities, entertainment, shopping and historical tours, there is something special for everyone in Rio de Janeiro. To decide how to schedule your perfect postCongress plans, visit the following sites for more information:

Please find below a transportation map of Rio de Janeiro, which outlines the various means of public transportation for getting in and around Rio!

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Emergency In the case of an emergency, please dial the applicable number: Medical emergency: 192 Fire emergency: 193 Police emergency: 190

Dos and Don’ts of Rio de Janeiro As with any new city and culture, being knowledgeable and respectful of the customs is key to enjoying your trip safely. DO make a copy of your passport and carry it with you, while keeping your actual passport locked up in the safe at the hotel. DON’T wear any sort of jewelry. Rio de Janeiro is a laid-back beach city, so attention-grabbing jewelry is unnecessary.

DO use traveler’s checks and credit cards rather than carrying large amounts of cash around with you. DON’T bring valuables to the beach if you plan on swimming and leaving them unattended. DO avoid dark isolated areas at night. Be mindful of your surroundings and enjoy the world of things to do in beatufiul Rio de Janeiro!


Congress Events

Monday, November 4 First Timers Orientation Will 2013 mark your first trip to a JCI World Congress? Learn more about how to get the most of out of a JCI event experience by attending this detailed event overview. The First Timers Orientation will be the first official event of the entire World Congress, taking place immediately before the Opening Ceremony. Schedule your travel plans so you don’t miss out!

Opening Ceremony

Multi-Day Events

To kick off the 2013 World Congress, Chief Delegates and JCI National Presidents from more than 100 countries will come together at the Citibank Hall to greet delegates and represent their countries in traditional national attire. Come cheer for your National Organization, enjoy Brazilian live entertainment and connect with JCI’s vibrant community of young active citizens. Start your World Congress by experiencing this spectacle that unites all JCI delegates from around the world.

General Assembly Each year, the General Assembly at the JCI World Congress meets to determine the course of the organization for the year to come and elects the individuals who will lead us down that path. Come find out how you can align your 2014 activities with the goals of the international organization and find out who will represent you on the international level.

JCI Morning Show After enjoying a National Night party, start each day right with the action-packed, energizing JCI Morning Show! The themes of the shows will be Impact, Motivate and Invest and will show you how can you apply these first three strategies of the 2013 JCI Strategic Planning Committee Recommendations to projects and initiatives in your community. You won’t want to miss the lively guest speakers, the preview of the day’s most exciting events, plus daily games and outstanding prizes, so come early for a great seat!

Skill Development Sessions Related to the daily themes, a variety of courses, forums, workshops and seminars aimed at developing a range of skills are offered daily for delegates. Sign up in advance for official JCI Training Courses and check your program so you don’t miss out on sessions given by experts such as Fred Dubee, UN Global Compact Senior Advisor, Affonso Ghizo Neto, Founder of the “What do you have to do with corruption campaign?”, Wayne Clarke, Founding Partner of the Global Growth Institute, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, Executive Vice Chairman of Famfa Oil, and others from Nothing But Nets and the International Chamber of Commerce.


Tuesday, November 5


2014 JCI Vice President Candidates Public Caucus Eager to represent their fellow members at the international level, candidates for 2014 JCI Vice President will discuss their ideas on how to create even greater sustainable impact in every JCI Local and National Organization. Come and learn more about the candidates and how they want to impact the world through JCI before finding out who will represent you next year!

Wedsneday, November 6


2013 JCI Executive Vice President and President Candidates Public Caucus Watch as the candidates for 2014 JCI Executive Vice President and 2014 JCI President field questions from an expert panel and layout their strategies for how they will lead JCI in the coming year. Learn about their views on important issues, what motivates them and start thinking about how you can align your activities with their plans before finding out who is elected!

JCI Twinning

Friday, November 8

The JCI Twinning Program is an opportunity for JCI organizations to exchange ideas with other members from a different part of the world. JCI World Congress is often the place where Twinning partnerships begin. After finding an organization that shares your international goals, collaborate with their members and expand your global impact. Don’t miss the Twinning Ceremony to see JCI National and Local Organizations formalize their partnerships.

Spotlight JCI

JCI World Public Speaking Championship Winners of the 2013 JCI Area Conference Public Speaking Championships will showcase their skills to determine who goes home with the title of JCI World Public Speaking Champion. Go cheer on your Area’s representative and hear their thoughts on a topic that matters to young active citizens.

JCI World Debating Championship In this contest, teams from all corners of the world will face off for the title of JCI World Debating Champions. The groups will test their teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving skills while discussing topics that are relevant to challenges and issues in communities around the world. The competition is open to all members, so get your group together, check out the rules and register by September 23 at to compete at this year’s event.

Global Village JCI’s international network spans the globe and, at the 2013 Global Village party, we will celebrate our cultural diversity at the biggest JCI party of the year. JCI National Organizations will showcase their colorful traditions at the Barra Music in a wild night of dancing, exotic food and beverages, all set to global rhythms.

Thursday, November 7


JCI Active Citizen FrameWorkshop The JCI Active Citizen FrameWorkshop is an opportunity for JCI members to be inspired and empowered to take action creating sustainable solutions in communities around the world. Congress delegates will hear from Brazilian officials about local needs and have the opportunity to develop solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the World Congress host city. Through creative brainstorming, exchanging best practices and learning from experts, JCI members will discover how to develop creative projects that provide innovative solutions to local and global challenges.


Test your knowledge of JCI and international trivia at Spotlight JCI, World Congress’ exciting game show! With Area Teams of 20 cheering on their two team captains, the competition will get fierce as the questions probe the participants’ knowledge of JCI, its partners and its programs. Cheer on your Area Team in this international meeting of the minds.

JCI TOYP Honoree Workshop: Collaborating for Impact Just like all JCI members, the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Honorees take action in their communities, creating sustainable solutions for a better world. In this premier workshop, Congress delegates have the opportunity to meet, work and share ideas with these ten inspirational individuals. To solve the greatest challenges of our time, collaboration amongst young active citizens is key.

JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2013 JCI TOYP Honorees With nearly 200 000 JCI members taking action to create sustainable impact around the world, the dazzling JCI Awards Ceremony showcases the best JCI projects, members and leaders. As exciting segments of the ceremony this year, the 2013 JCI TOYP Honorees’ stories of impact will be showcased as they accept their prestigious awards. Support your National and Local Organization, along with the ten JCI TOYP Honorees and leave inspired.

Saturday, November 9


JCI Presidential Inauguration and Gala Dinner Concluding this grand event, delegates will unite in honor of a successful Congress. Earlier in the week, the 2014 JCI President and Board of Directors were elected, and on this night the President Elect will be inaugurated and receive his or her presidential chain. Join fellow members and delegates for a luxurious and fun evening of celebration!


This statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the second largest statue of Jesus in the world. It was constructed between 1926 and 1931 and stands 30 meters (98 ft) tall, not including its eight meter (26 ft) pedestal. It is located at the peak of the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.

Sugar Loaf Mountain The name “Sugarloaf” was coined in the 16th century by the Portuguese due to the resemblance of sugar molds and the shape of the mountain peak. The mountain is only one of several monolithic hills of granite and quartz that rise straight from the water’s edge around Rio de Janeiro. A glass-walled cable car capable of holding 65 passengers, runs along a 1400-meter route between the peaks of Pão de Açúcar and Morro da Urca every 20 minutes.

Corcovado Corcovado, meaning “hunchback” in Portuguese is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 710-meter (2,329 ft) granite peak is located in the Tijuca Forest National Park. Corcovado hill lies just west of the city center. From the peak’s platform the panoramic view includes downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (lake), Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Estádio do Maracanã (Maracana Stadium) and several of Rio’s favelas (slums). Cloud cover is common in Rio and the view from the platform is often obscured, so sunny days are recommended for optimal viewing.

The Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro is a true ecological sanctuary where you can spend the whole day admiring the lush green surroundings of the popular garden, which is also a prominent scientific laboratory in Rio. The towering Amazon trees provide protection to a wealth of wildlife including Marmoset monkeys, Toucans and much more. There are more than 8 000 species of plant life, with orchids and bromeliads in abundance. The Botanical Garden is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Maracanã Football Stadium An open-air stadium, owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, it is named after the Rio Maracanã, a now canalized river in Rio de Janeiro. To many natives, football is considered almost a religion in Brazil with the Maracana Football Stadium in Rio being the temple. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to the museum inside the stadium displaying photos, trophies and uniforms of Brazil’s football greats.

Samba City Even if you don’t go to Rio de Janeiro during the Carnival you can still experience this incredible celebration at Samba City. This attraction immerses visitors in the preparations that take place prior to the Carnival. Upon arrival at Samba City, a caipirinha and Samba band are there to greet you. The tours show you all of the aspects of the famed Samba dance and the steps that each Samba School must go through in preparation for Carnival. The tours are given in English and Portuguese. Samba City is open every day of the week except Tuesday.




Christ the Redeemer

Botanical Garden


Explore Rio de Janeiro

Destination: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

A practical guide to the 2013 JCI World Congress.

Destination: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

A practical guide to the 2013 JCI World Congress.