For International Guests
In General Information

We realize that international travel can be a lot of work and sometimes a confusing experience. To make things easier for you, we’ve tried to answer many of the questions asked by international guests.

Please review the information below. If you still need assistance, we are here to help you. Please contact us by phone at 001-651-631-3672 or by email at


Important: NYLC does not act as a sponsoring organization for any individual or organization attending the conference. A letter of invitation from NYLC is not enough for the U.S. Embassy to issue a visa. Please work with NGOs or governmental organizations in your home country for sponsorship, as this has shown to be the most helpful. Once you have local sponsorship, we will be happy to furnish a letter of invitation.

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 and for questions about the application process, please visit the U.S. Department of State online.

At this time, NYLC is unable to process any more international letter requests.

Registering for the Conference

The best way for international participants to register for the conference is by using NYLC's online registration system. If you do not have access to a credit card or are unable to register online, please contact us by phone at 001-651-631-3672 or by email at

» Click here to register online


NYLC offers a limited number of partial scholarships based on financial need. The number of scholarships offered is contingent upon limited, variable funding, and scholarships cannot be offered to all qualified applicants.

» Learn more about scholarships

Hotel Reservations

The conference offers discounted hotel rates. To receive these rates, you must book your rooms directly with the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, the official conference hotel.

» Learn about the hotel


MONUMENTAL will be held at the Washington D.C. Washington Marriott Wardman Park. D.C. is served by three major airports, Amtrak, and many highways. The hotel does not provide shuttle service to or from the airports.

» Airline Information


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 Washington D.C. may accept travelers’ checks and/or cash payments in foreign currencies. Please contact the hotel directly to inquire about their individual policies. (Please note: Some hotels limit the dollar value of checks cashed and charge check-cashing fees.)


Please dress comfortably. April temperatures in Washington D.C. are usually 47-67 degrees Fahrenheit with an average temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius). Business-casual attire is appropriate for most conference events.

Be sure to pack some outdoor clothes to participate in off-site service projects. You never know whether you will be trimming trails or planting trees!

Conference Attire

Dress for conference events is referred to as "business casual" in the United States. This means dress neatly, but there is no need for suits and ties. Traditional national dress is welcome at the conference, and you are encouraged to represent your home country in this way.

See the Washington D.C. Monuments by Moonlight

Join us for an evening tour of Washington D.C. on the Monuments by Moonlight Tour.

» Join us for a Monuments by Moonlight Tour