News — September 10, 2013

Road to Rio: See you in Paradise

Don’t miss the most exciting JCI event of the year, the 2013 JCI World Congress this November in Rio! 

Founded by the Portuguese in 1565, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil became a lively port for exporting gold, precious stones and sugar. Now a hotspot for tourism, Rio will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympic Games. Set aside time during your trip to the 2013 JCI World Congress to take in all the unique sights, sounds and cuisine that this marvelous city has to offer! 


Join Us in Rio

The second largest city of Brazil, 6.3 million people live within Rio de Janeiro making it the sixth largest city in the Americas. Rio takes pride in its bustling business sector, home to many of Brazil’s major corporations along with large oil and telephone companies, media and communications conglomerates and many universities and research institutes. 


Rio attracts travelers from around the world for the magnificent sights, breathtaking beaches and stunning landscape. Sign up for a tour to the top of Corcovado Mountain to visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2000. Stroll through Rio’s tropical paradise at the Botanical Garden and ride in a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Be sure to bring your sunscreen and sunglasses for splashing in the ocean and basking in the warm sunshine on the famous Ipanema or Copacabana beaches. Brazilian barbequed pork or steak is a must-try for every delegate along with pastels, Brazilian meat or cheese-filled turnovers. And for sports enthusiasts, take a tour of the famous Maracanã Stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums. 


Plan Your Congress Experience

Each JCI World Congress provides delegates the opportunity to engage in dynamic discussions, gain hands-on access to new skills and meet thousands of other young active citizens from all over the world. In Rio, you are encouraged to share your thoughts, questions and ideas from your Local and National Organizations. Discussions of community challenges and solutions, as well as exchanging leadership styles and business experiences, allow JCI members to learn and grow in an open, positive environment. 


This year, Congress delegates will find some exciting changes to our typical Congress program. Each day in Rio starts at 10 am, allowing delegates to enjoy the beach or sleep in after an exciting night celebrating positive change. Join the fun at the lively JCI Morning Show and hear inspiring stories of impact, along with what's on the schedule for your dynamic day at Congress. Learn about the needs of the Rio community and how to address the needs of your community effectively through concrete action and partnerships at the JCI Active Citizen FrameWorkshop. Test your JCI knowledge by competing in the Spotlight JCI game show. 


After lunch with your new friends, sign up for a tour around the city or up to the mountains to take in all the sights and sounds of Rio. Or enjoy some new Congress programming, Skill Development Sessions, featuring JCI partners such as Wayne Clarke, Founding Partner of the Global Growth Institute, Free Dubee, UN Global Compact Senior Advisor, our friends from the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign and even Dr. Affonso Ghizzo Neto founder of the “What do you have to do with corruption” campaign. Related to the daily themes of the Congress, these forums, workshops and seminars aim to help you explore new skills, new knowledge and share best practices. Based around the five strategies for the future of JCI–Impact, Motivate, Invest, Collaborate and Connect–these sessions will inspire you to take what you have learned home to your community to create stronger, sustainable impact. Then don't forget about celebrating your accomplishments and diversity as a young active citizen at the biggest party of the year, Global Village! 


Take Responsibility for the Future

Remember, 2013 is an important year for JCI as we plan for the future and strive to take our organization to the next level. Your attendance at this year’s World Congress gives you an opportunity to take part in the start of a new era for the organization. JCI will move forward with a strong focus on impact and uniting the government, business and civil sectors of society to improve our world. How will you be an integral part of fulfilling the JCI Mission and creating impact in Rio and beyond? 


Register for this year’s World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today. 


Download Destination Rio for all the information you need about travel, transportation, culture, tours and the daily Congress programs.  


Book your hotel in Rio as soon as possible. Rio is a busy city and hotels will become fully booked quickly. Remember to stay in the Barra neighborhood so you are close to all of the JCI World Congress events at the Headquarters Hotel, the Windsor Barra Hotel in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. 


Follow JCI on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook for more information on the events and opportunities available to you in Rio! If you have already registered, encourage your fellow members to start making their travel plans to Brazil. 

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