Information for Participants

It's only a few days to go before the 2013 IDEA Global Youth Forum, and we're in the middle of our final preparations. This is just an email to give you the information you need before you arrive at the Forum site, the NUI Galway Campus. 



Arrivals will happen on the 13th of August. Details on getting to Galway are on the Global Youth Forum site. Check in will be operating at the Corrib Village university accommodation, which is beside the University on Newcastle Road in Galway. When you arrive in the train or bus station you can catch a taxi to the accommodation, which will take about ten minutes, or take City Bus 404 which leaves from Eyre Square. You can get more information on the accommodation here. From 09.00 am we will have a baggage drop facility available, where you can leave luggage with us, and go explore the medieval city of Galway. From 16.00 you can check into your accommodation and get unpacked or freshen up before dinner, which will take place at 19.00, with the Forum Opening Ceremony at 20.00. 

Your accommodation is allocated by Forum staff in advance. You will be staying in four or five bed apartments, with shared kitchen and living room areas. Please do not change from the room you have been allocated, we are required by the University to know who is in which room at all times in case of emergency.



You will find the full schedule for the Forum here, more details for the relevant days will be announced at the morning assemblies, or by Forum staff as necessary. 


Climate - What to pack?

Galway is on the Atlantic Coast, and as such receives a high amount of rainfall. Please remember to pack a waterproof jacket or coat, and bring plenty of changes of clothes in case of a sudden downpour. The accommodation is located about a ten minute walk from the University Restaurant where we will be taking our meals and the main Concourse block where the majority of rounds and labs will talk places, as well as the Opening Ceremony and the Morning Assembly. 

There are some coin operated washing and drying machines available in Corrib Village if you need to launder your clothes. 

The WKPDC Final and the BPT/MTT Finals will be be formal dress, so please wear formal clothes/national dress for these events. All other events are casual. 


Photo Competition/Blog Competition

This year we’re running two fabulous competitions at the Global Youth Forum. The first is a photography competition whereby participants can submit a photograph they have taken at the Forum. Secondly, participants can enter a competition for the best blog by writing a 200-300 word blog post about their experience at the Forum. Both competitions will be judged by IDEA staff. The winners in each category will receive a fantastic prize, and entrants will be featured on the IDEA homepage during and after the Forum. More details will be announced when you arrive in Galway!


Stay In Touch

The Youth Forum site, and the iDebate homepage will be regularly updated with news from the Forum throughout, so share the links with family and friends who aren't travelling to Galway, so they can stay up to date with the latest Forum news. We're going to be streaming debates and events, posting reports and results and uploading interviews throughout, so make sure you check the site regularly. 

Given everyone's addiction to social media, we will also be using the twitter hashtag #GYF2013, and on Instagram #debategram. You should also follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like the Global Youth Forum Facebook page. We will have wifi internet access both in the Corrib Village accommodation, and on the main university campus, details will be available at registration. We are also working on making a number of computers available for participants who do not have wifi enabled devices at the Forum. 


Participant Forms, Codes of Conduct and Photo Release Forms

We have received participant information forms from most delegations, but for those of you who have not filled them out, we need you to do so as soon as possible. Without these forms we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide your dietary requirements. A blank copy is attached to this email. We also need debaters to fill in the track selection form online here

I have also attached a copy of the Photo Release forms which we will require all participants to sign at registration. Assistant Forum Director, Mary Sheffield has already sent around the Code of Conduct in an email to trainers and individual participants. Please read both of these documents in advance. 


Individual Participants

We are finalising the team allocation for those of you who have registered as individual participants for the WKPDC, and will be letting you know your team make up as soon as possible. Apologies for the delay in this, we have had a lot of changes in terms of the participant list, and this has resulted in us being unable until now to draw those teams, I sincerely apologise. 


Country Expo

Country Expo will be taking place on the night of August 25th. Each country will have a table to display their countries culture and traditions. Feel free to bring along confectionary or food from your nation, national dress, games to play or souvenirs to share with your fellow Forum participants. We will also have an area set aside for traditional performances, which you can register on arrivals day. 


Talent Night

Talent night, for some the highlight of the Global Youth Forum, will take place on August 23rd. If you wish to take part watch out for sign up forms in the days in advance and bring along any equipment (instruments etc) or other items (music for dances, singing etc) which you may need. We'll be able to play music and have a microphone and PA system, the rest will be up to you. 



Galway is a fantastic tourist base, and as such we have some very exciting excursions planned for you, which you can sign up for at registration. We will provide a packed lunch, a guide and transport for the longer day tours. There are three options for your excursion:


The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher - €15 (minimum 35 people)

Taking you along Galway Bay, your first stop will be at the fishing village of Kinvara to see Dunguaire Castle and into the Burren - home to 75% of Ireland's native flora and location of numerous ancient monuments, many of which we will visit including the Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, the 5,800 year old Poulnabrone Dolmen and Ballyalban Fairy Fort, home of little men with green hats and orange beards!

Stopping also at Kilfenora to see the famous Celtic Crosses, we make out way to the village of Doolin for our lunch stop before visiting the 200-meter high, 8 km long Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands and take your time to soak up the natural beauty of the Cliffs. We return via the Coast Road with views of Connemara and Galway in the distance making a short stop on the lunar like landscape of the Burren and taking in sites such as Leprechaun Head before returning to Galway. 


Connemara and Cong - €15 (minimum 35 people)

To see the hidden Ireland off the main tourist track, this tour is a must. The first stop will be at Ross Errily Friary, a hidden but atmospheric 14th century monastery, before entering Cong Village where you will have time to explore Cong Woods to see Ashford Castle or stroll the twon famous for being a location for the 1950's classic movie, 'The Quiet Man', or simple have a coffee on the edge of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. 

Entering Connemara on the Lough Nafoeey route allows you to see the stark beauty of the hidden valley of Connemara before arriving at the Atlantic Ocean. The tour will then continue to Kylemore Abbey where we break for lunch and sightseeing for 1 hour and 45 minutes, including time to see the Abbey and Gardens for a small additional fee. Leaving Kylemore late afternoon we drive through the Inagh Valley, Maam Cross and Oughterard and complete the circut of Lough Corrib before arriving home to Galway City. 


Galway City Walking Tour - €10 (minimum 12 people)

Galway is a city steeped in history, from the medieval tribes who established it as a western stronghold, to it's trading history as a bustling port city, through the English colonisation, the Great Irish Famine of the 1840's and right up the visit of President John F. Kennedy. Led by a local native, the tour will show you the sites and buildings that many tourists do not see, and explain their history and importance. After the tour there will be an opportunity to visit the Galway City Museum to find out more about the history of the area, shop in the city centre, or just wander around soaking in the unique atmosphere that makes Galway the cultural capital of Ireland. 

Looking forward to seeing you all in Galway on the 13th!

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