General Information


We are pleased to announce the Young People’s Conference of the Americas in Brazil. The conference will take place in São Roque (just outside São Paulo, Brazil) and will last for five days, from Wednesday, July 27th to Lord’s Day, July 31st.

The Young People’s Conference of the Americas in Brazil is for the young people from South America currently in 7th to 12th grade, as well as college age (ages 12-22). The young people attending from the North American or Central American churches will be accepted on a space-available basis and those applying should be high school juniors or seniors or college students. Others may be considered on an exception basis.

This year, there will be a quota of 50 for the ones attending the conference from North America and Central America. We will be accepting the applications on a first-come first-served basis. You will not be registered until your application, recommendation, forms and payment are received by us and you have received written notification from us. This is very important!


Registration

Those who register must apply online at www.brazilypconf.org. Each young person must write an essay about his or her reason and burden for attending this conference. Each one must also obtain a recommendation from an elder in order to be accepted. We also are encouraging the young people who will be attending from North America to be in a Portuguese or Spanish language program in their schools, however, this is not a requirement. This will assist, promote, and accommodate the blending of the young people in the conference.

There is a requirement that for every three young people attending there must be one serving one. This means that those coming from North America and Central America may need to coordinate and blend the areas to reach this quota. The serving ones must also apply online and obtain an elder’s recommendation to be accepted; those serving ones who are over 25 will not need a recommendation.


Location

We will stay in a camp in the city of São Roque, Brazil. São Roque is located 60 km west of São Paulo in the lush countryside. The elevation is 771 m (2530 ft). São Roque borders the Serra do Mar mountains.


Our Purpose

The purpose of this conference is to provide an atmosphere of pursuing the truth, loving the Lord, blending for the building up of the Body of Christ, and the enjoyment of Christ. Furthermore, the purpose of this conference is to raise up a young generation that would be useful vessels in the Lord’s hand for His move in South, Central, and North America to end this age.


Structure & Content of the Camp

The conference in São Roque will last for five days and will have a set schedule to include both meetings and some daily outdoor activities. All the young people will be required to follow the schedule of the activities and meetings.

Serving ones will meet each morning at 6:30am and each afternoon at 3:30pm to pray, blend, and fellowship. These meetings are very important, and all serving ones are expected to attend.


What to Bring

Please make sure to bring your Bible and hymnal. In addition, you should bring pens and paper to take notes in the meetings.

The weather in São Roque in July (it is winter in Brazil) will be pleasant. The average high in July is 71oF and the average low is 53oF. A sweater or light jacket should be sufficient.

Other important things to bring should include: sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries, and a flashlight. Please also bring simple personal first aid items such as Band-Aids, cream for bites and stings, and painkillers.

Electric current in Brazil varies widely—from 100 to 127 volts or 220 to 240 volts and from 50 to 60Hz—even within the same city, building, apartment or office. Be aware before you plug in any electrical device. Some cities in Brazil only use 220 volts. While many hotels clearly label electrical outlets, others don’t. If you’re in doubt, ask first. Check the power adapters of your laptop, battery chargers and other electric appliances before you go. Many are designed to automatically accommodate input current from 110 to 250 volts while others are only for 110. Some are switchable and others not. If you have something that only accepts 110 volts, you may want to consider purchasing a voltage adapter before you travel. Also be aware that many electrical outlets in Brazil will only accept a standard Brazilian two round prong plug. You may need a plug adapter. While many electrical outlets in hotels and newer buildings in Brazil will accept the normal, two flat pronged plug used in the North America, you will most likely encounter some electrical outlets that will only accept a Brazilian two round prong plug. Adapters to covert your two flat pronged North American plug to a Brazilian two round prong plug are readily available and inexpensive.

What to Bring

  • Bible
  • Hymnal
  • Pens and/or pencils
  • Paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Simple personal first aid items—Band-Aids, cream for bites and stings, and, painkillers
  • Adapters to convert your two flat pronged North American plug to a Brazilian two round prong and voltage adapters, if necessary.

Applications

Only candidates who have received approval from their local elder should upload completed application forms to this website. Once your initial application has been received by us, you can download the final registration form which includes a health-related questionnaire, regulations, and other important information. This form will need to be returned and payment made before you will be officially registered.

The conference is for young people currently in school years 7 to 12 and college (ages 12-22). Young people aged 23 to 24 who wish to help strengthen and support the conference, will also be considered.

Please note: Each young person will need to include with their application an essay explaining why they would like to come to the conference. In addition, please obtain a one-paragraph recommendation from an elder who personally knows you. (Your elder should send their recommendation separately by e-mail to brazilypconf@gmail.com.  It will then be forwarded to the brothers coordinating the conference.)

Also, all workers are asked to write a paragraph detailing their scope of experience working with young people, and workers under 25 years of age are requested to include an elder’s recommendation (see above).


Application Deadline

We need to receive applications, recommendations, forms and payments before Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The registration process will close when we reach our quota of 50 or by June 1, whichever comes first. Late registrations will not be accepted.

You will NOT be officially registered until all your required information and payments are received by us. At that time you will receive an approval notice. You should be careful in purchasing airline tickets prior to being approved. It is strongly suggested that you do not make any travel plans for the conference until you receive an approval notice.

Summary

Registration checklist:

  • Apply online at www.brazilypconf.org (Only candidates who have received approval from their local elder should upload completed application forms to this website)
  • Essay (reason or burden for attending the conference)
  • Recommendation from an elder (your elder should send their recommendation separately by e-mail to brazilypconf@gmail.com)
  • Final registration forms scanned and emailed—Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
  • Payment made online.
  • Workers: please write a paragraph detailing your scope of experience working with young people, and workers under 25 are requested to include an elder’s recommendation.

Payment

(The cost for the 2016 conference will be updated below after it has been determined. Please continue to check this website for updates. Thank you.)

This year the cost for the conference will be $### USD. This amount will cover the conference registration fee as well as all the transportation costs while in Brazil. This payment of $### USD can be paid online using our online checkout before June 1, 2016. You will NOT be registered until all payments are received by us.

PLEASE NOTE: The conference payment of $### covers meals and lodging in São Roque. You will need to bring some additional funds as spending money during the week of the conference. There will be the opportunity to exchange US dollars into Brazilian Real once you arrive in São Paulo.

Summary:

  • Conference Registration fee is $### USD
  • Payments may be made online
  • Bring an additional USD to cover additional expenses
  • Reminder. You will NOT be registered until all forms and payments are received by us and you have received written notification from us. The final deadline for payments is June 1, 2016.

Travel to Brazil

Those saints coming from North America will be required to arrive in São Paulo (GRU) on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 for the conference. Upon your arrival in São Paulo, transportation will be provided to take you from the airport to the camp at São Roque.

Any who arrive earlier or stay later than these dates will need to provide their own transportation and make their own housing arrangements.

Passport & Visa Information

(March 15, 2016 – Please note that this year no visas are necessary from the U.S. as they have been waived during the time of the Rio Olympics.)

Please note that U.S. citizens must obtain a visa for travel to Brazil.  You must have a passport before you can obtain a visa. Other countries need to check their government’s websites for passport and visa information.

See the website below to obtain or renew a U.S. Passport:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

NOTE: Passports can take 4-6 weeks and cost up to $165. If you want the Passport expedited you will have to pay more.

You must obtain a Brazilian Visa from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to your place of residence to travel to Brazil. See information below:

http://washington.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/brazilian_consulates_in_the_us.xml

You should request a Tourist Visa.

NOTE: Visas take 5 business days and cost $140. If you want the visa expedited you will have to pay more.

On the visa application you will need to provide a name, full address, and telephone number for your contact in Brazil.  This information will be provided to you once your application is accepted and approved.


The Dates to Travel

Plan on leaving the US on Monday, July 25 to arrive in São Paulo (GRU) on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. If possible, arrange your flight to arrive in São Paulo before 7:00pm local time.

Departure from São Paulo (GRU) Lord’s Day, July 31 after 6:00pm or Monday, August 1, 2016.

Airline tickets should not be purchased until applications have been accepted and approved. Submitting your application and payment does not mean that your application is approved.  You will receive an email confirming your approval.

If you need any further information or have any questions please contact us at brazilypconf@gmail.com.

Summary:

  • Depart from US on Monday, July 25; Arrive São Paulo on Tuesday, July 26 (preferably before 7:00pm local time)
  • Conference dates: July 27 – July 31, 2016
  • Departure from São Paulo: July 31 (Lord’s Day after 6:00pm) or August 1 (Monday)
  • Reminder – Tickets should not be purchased until applications have been accepted and approved. You will receive a notification of approval via email.

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