International Guests

We realize that international travel can be a lot of work. To make things easier for you, we've tried to answer many of the questions we get from international guests.

Global Welcome to Conference

We invite all of our international attendees at Conference to join us for a welcome, orientation and networking session from 12 to 1 p.m. EST on Monday, June 16, 2014. This will be a pre-Conference gathering in which we will highlight can't-miss activities, offer tips on how to navigate the Conference experience, and facilitate a networking opportunity with other international participants. Registration details can be found here.

Global Debrief Session

Please join us for a brief session following the Conference to share feedback on your experience, meet again with other international attendees and share how you will take your new learnings and connections with you back to your country. Registration details can be found here.


Most international participants must obtain visas prior to entering the United States. Allow as much time as possible to obtain the visa, as the U.S. embassy can take months to issue the appropriate documents. To locate the nearest U.S. embassy andinformation about the application process, please visit the U.S. Department of State online.

Important for international guests: Neither the Conference on Volunteering and Service nor its conveners act as a sponsoring organization for any individual or organization attending Conference. A letter of invitation from Conference is not enough for the U.S. embassy to issue a visa. Please work with nongovernmental or governmental organizations in your home country for sponsorship, as this approach has shown to be the most helpful. Once you have local sponsorship, we will be happy to furnish a letter of invitation. To request a letter of invitation please email  

Registering for Conference

The best way for international participants to register for Conference is by using the online registration system.

Hotel reservations

To receive discounted hotel rates, you must book your rooms through the hotel registration website. Learn about our Conference hotels.


We recommend arriving in the United States with some cash in U.S. dollars.

Credit cards and travelers' checks

Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted at most places in the United States. When paying with a credit card, you will often be asked to show a form of identification, so please have your passport available. The hotels in Atlanta may accept travelers' checks and/or cash payments in foreign currencies. Please contact the hotels directly to inquire about their individual policies. (Please note: Some hotels limit the dollar value of checks cashed and charge check-cashing fees.)

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