IKAA GATHERING 2019

Spanning Generations: Communities, Families, & Leadership

INTRODUCTION

The IKAA Gathering 2019 will take place in Seoul, Korea on July 30 – August 4, 2019 and will promote the connection of adult Korean adoptees to each other and their Korean heritage, as well as welcome future generations of adoptees into the adoptee community. This is the largest conference of its kind, occurring only once every three years, with attendees from all across the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, and Asia. Attendance in 2019 is expected to reach over 500 participants.

The workshops and sessions at the IKAA Gatherings provide a time for participants to explore more specific topics related to adoption, the adoptee experience, or the themes of the Gatherings. Past sessions and topics have included birth family search, birth family reunion experiences, building relationships with birth family members post-reunion, Korea from a historical perspective, developments in domestic Korean adoption, working and living in Korea, Korean adoptees’ relationships with adoptive family, parenthood, exploring identity through art, and much more. The age breakout sessions, one of the most popular, provide the opportunity to meet and talk about personal experiences with others of a similar age, regardless of their adoptive country.

WHEN

July 30 – August 4, 2019

WHERE

The Lotte Hotel Seoul near Myeongdong

WHO

Korean Adoptees: 18 years and older (18 western age is 19 in Korea). Their partners/spouses and their children.

Some special sessions & events during the Gathering will be open to Korean nationals.

LANGUAGE

The conference language is English, although some sessions may be held in other languages.

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IKAA GATHERING
2019

Spanning Generations: Communities, Families, & Leadership

WHEN

July 30 – August 4, 2019

WHERE

Lotte Hotel Seoul near Myeongdong

WHO

Korean Adoptees: 18 years and older (18 western age is 19 in Korea). Their partners/spouses and their children.

Some special sessions & events during the Gathering will be open to Korean nationals.

LANGUAGE

The conference language is English, although some sessions may be held in other languages.

CONTACT US

IKAA GATHERING 2019

Spanning Generations: Communities, Families, & Leadership

INTRODUCTION

The IKAA Gathering 2019 will take place in Seoul, Korea from July 30 – August 4, 2019 and will promote the connection of adult Korean adoptees to each other and their Korean heritage, as well as welcome future generations of adoptees into the adoptee community. This is the largest conference of its kind, occurring only once every three years, with attendees from all across the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, and Asia. Attendance in 2019 is expected to reach over 500 participants.

The workshops and sessions at the IKAA Gatherings provide a time for participants to explore more specific topics related to adoption, the adoptee experience, or the themes of the Gatherings. Past sessions and topics have included birth family search, birth family reunion experiences, building relationships with birth family members post-reunion, Korea from a historical perspective, developments in domestic Korean adoption, working and living in Korea, Korean adoptees’ relationships with adoptive family, parenthood, exploring identity through art, and much more. The age breakout sessions, one of the most popular, provide the opportunity to meet and talk about personal experiences with others of a similar age, regardless of their adoptive country.

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WHEN

July 30 – August 4, 2019

WHERE

The Lotte Hotel Seoul near Myeongdong

WHO

Korean Adoptees: 18 years and older (18 western age is 19 in Korea). Their partners/spouses and their children.

Some special sessions & events during the Gathering will be open to Korean nationals.

LANGUAGE

The conference language is English, although some sessions may be held in other languages.

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CONFERENCE FEES 

Click here for more information about Lotte Hotel and Conference Fees

The Registration Fees Are Per Person:
Adoptee, Spouse/Partner, or Child.

The registration fee covers conference activities & materials, welcome reception, gala dinner, farewell concert & party and other meals provided at the conference. (Does not include accommodation, airfare, transfers to and from the airport or optional activities).

IKAA strongly encourages all G19 registrants to stay at the Lotte Hotel from Tuesday, July 30 through Monday, August 5. This will help ensure that you have easy access to all of the many programs and events happening throughout the week. In addition, by choosing to stay at the Lotte Hotel, you are supporting IKAA to secure the banquet rooms, conference facilities, equipment, and meals that are essential for a successful Gathering.

As a special “Thank You” to all registrants who stay at the Lotte Hotel from at least Tuesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 4, IKAA is offering the following additional benefits:
– A $50 USD discount off of the G19 adult registration fee
– Free conference breakfast at the hotel from Tuesday, July 30 through Saturday, August 3
 
 

Discounted Fees
for Staying at
the Lotte Hotel
(during the
Gathering*)

Early Bird
(to March 31)

Regular IKAA
Organization
Member
(to June 30)

Regular Non-IKAA
Organization
(to June 30)
Late Fee
Registration
(after June 30)
Adult (Adoptee /
Spouse / Partner, 18+)
$275$315$340$400
Child: 12-17 Years$100$115$130$150
Child: 5-11 Years$50$65$80$100
Child: 0-4 YearsFreeFreeFreeFree

* Staying at the Lotte during the Gathering from Tuesday, July 30th through Sunday, August 4th

Not staying at the
Lotte Hotel

Early Bird
(to March 31)

Regular IKAA
Organization
Member
(to June 30)

Regular Non-IKAA
Organization
(to June 30)
Late Fee
Registration
(after June 30)
Adult (Adoptee /
Spouse / Partner, 18+)
$325$365$390$450
Child: 12-17 Years$125$140$155$175
Child: 5-11 Years$75$90$105$125
Child: 0-4 YearsFreeFreeFreeFree
more information

The Registration Fees Are Per Person:
Adoptee, Spouse/Partner, or Child.

The registration fee covers conference activities & materials, welcome reception, gala dinner, farewell concert & party and other meals provided at the conference. (Does not include accommodation, airfare, transfers to and from the airport or optional activities).

IKAA strongly encourages all G19 registrants to stay at the Lotte Hotel from Tuesday, July 30 through Monday, August 5. This will help ensure that you have easy access to all of the many programs and events happening throughout the week. In addition, by choosing to stay at the Lotte Hotel, you are supporting IKAA to secure the banquet rooms, conference facilities, equipment, and meals that are essential for a successful Gathering.

As a special “Thank You” to all registrants who stay at the Lotte Hotel from at least Tuesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 4, IKAA is offering the following additional benefits:
– A $50 USD discount off of the G19 adult registration fee
– Free conference breakfast at the hotel from Tuesday, July 30 through Saturday, August 3
 

* Staying at the Lotte during the Gathering from Tuesday, July 30th through Sunday, August 4th

Early Bird (to March 31)

Adult: (Adoptee / Spouse / Partner, 18+)

$275

Child: 12-17 Years

$100

Child: 5-11 Years

$50

Child: 0-4 Years

Free

Regular IKAA Organization Member (to June 30)

Adult: (Adoptee / Spouse / Partner, 18+)

$315

Child: 12-17 Years

$115

Child: 5-11 Years

$65

Child: 0-4 Years

Free

Regular Non-IKAA Organization (to June 30)

Adult: (Adoptee / Spouse / Partner, 18+)

$340

Child: 12-17 Years

$130

Child: 5-11 Years

$80

Child: 0-4 Years

Free

Late Fee Registration (after June 30)

Adult: (Adoptee / Spouse / Partner, 18+)

$400

Child: 12-17 Years

$150

Child: 5-11 Years

$100

Child: 0-4 Years

Free

Early Bird (to March 31)

Adult: (Adoptee / Spouse / Partner, 18+)

$325

Child: 12-17 Years

$125

Child: 5-11 Years

$75

Child: 0-4 Years

Free

Regular IKAA Organization Member (to June 30)

Adult: (Adoptee / Spouse / Partner, 18+)

$365

Child: 12-17 Years

$140

Child: 5-11 Years

$90

Child: 0-4 Years

Free

Regular Non-IKAA Organization (to June 30)

Adult: (Adoptee / Spouse / Partner, 18+)

$390

Child: 12-17 Years

$155

Child: 5-11 Years

$105

Child: 0-4 Years

Free

Late Fee Registration (after June 30)

Adult: (Adoptee / Spouse / Partner, 18+)

$450

Child: 12-17 Years

$175

Child: 5-11 Years

$125

Child: 0-4 Years

Free

Click here for more information about Lotte Hotel and Conference Fees

The Registration Fees Are Per Person:
Adoptee, Spouse/Partner, or Child.

The registration fee covers conference activities & materials, welcome reception, gala dinner, farewell concert & party and other meals provided at the conference. (Does not include accommodation, airfare, transfers to and from the airport or optional activities).

IKAA strongly encourages all G19 registrants to stay at the Lotte Hotel from Tuesday, July 30 through Monday, August 5. This will help ensure that you have easy access to all of the many programs and events happening throughout the week. In addition, by choosing to stay at the Lotte Hotel, you are supporting IKAA to secure the banquet rooms, conference facilities, equipment, and meals that are essential for a successful Gathering.

As a special “Thank You” to all registrants who stay at the Lotte Hotel from at least Tuesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 4, IKAA is offering the following additional benefits:
– A $50 USD discount off of the G19 adult registration fee
– Free conference breakfast at the hotel from Tuesday, July 30 through Saturday, August 3
 
 

Discounted Fees
for Staying at
the Lotte Hotel
(during the
Gathering*)

Early Bird
(to March 31)

Regular IKAA
Organization
Member
(to June 30)

Regular Non-IKAA
Organization
(to June 30)
Late Fee
Registration
after June 30)
Adult (Adoptee /
Spouse / Partner, 18+)
$275$315$340$400
Child: 12-17 Years$100$115$130$150
Child: 5-11 Years$50$65$80$100
Child: 0-4 YearsFreeFreeFreeFree

* Staying at the Lotte during the Gathering from Tuesday, July 30th through Sunday, August 4th

Not staying at the
Lotte Hotel

Early Bird
(to March 31)

Regular IKAA
Organization
Member
(to June 30)

Regular Non-IKAA
Organization
(to June 30)
Late Fee
Registration
after June 30)
Adult (Adoptee /
Spouse / Partner, 18+)
$325$365$390$450
Child: 12-17 Years$125$140$155$175
Child: 5-11 Years$75$90$105$125
Child: 0-4 YearsFreeFreeFreeFree

REGULAR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The Regular IKAA Discounted Member Fee is valid for members of an IKAA Member Association

STAYING AT LOTTE HOTEL
Title
$315
$50 Discount off the G19 Adult Registration Fee
Free Gathering Breakfast Buffet Tue - Sat
Access to Indoor Swimming Pool, Fitness Club, & Sauna
Free In-Room WIFI
The benefits listed above are in addition to regular G19 access & meals
register now
Title
$340
$50 Discount off the G19 Adult Registration Fee
Free Gathering Breakfast Buffet Tue - Sat
Access to Indoor Swimming Pool, Fitness Club, & Sauna
Free In-Room WIFI
The benefits listed above are in addition to regular G19 access & meals
register now
NOT STAYING AT LOTTE HOTEL
Title
$365
Access to all Regular G19 Programming
Access to Conference Meals (not including breakfast)
Access to social events & other add-on activities
register now
Title
$390
Access to all Regular G19 Programming
Access to Conference Meals (not including breakfast)
Access to social events & other add-on activities
register now
ADOPTEES LIVING IN SEOUL
Title
₩ 175,000
Access to Regular G19 Programming from August 1st, 3rd - 4th
Access to G19 Meals from August 1st - Lunch Only, 3rd - 4th
Access to social events & other add-on activities from August 1st, 3rd - 4th
register now

All conference registration fees are inclusive of processing fees, and will not be considered complete until payment has been received. Registrations made prior to the deadline, but without payment will be subject to the registration fee current at the time of payment (your payment date will determine your registration completion date). Payments must be made thru PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account to make a payment through PayPal).

STAYING AT LOTTE HOTEL

Title
$400
$50 Discount off the G19 Adult Registration Fee
Free Gathering Breakfast Buffet Tue - Sat
Access to Indoor Swimming Pool, Fitness Club, & Sauna
Free In-Room WIFI
The benefits listed above are in addition to regular G19 access & meals
register now
Title
$400
$50 Discount off the G19 Adult Registration Fee
Free Gathering Breakfast Buffet Tue - Sat
Access to Indoor Swimming Pool, Fitness Club, & Sauna
Free In-Room WIFI
The benefits listed above are in addition to regular G19 access & meals
register now

Not staying at lotte hotel

Title
$450
Access to all Regular G19 Programming
Access to Conference Meals (not including breakfast)
Access to social events & other add-on activities
register now
Title
$450
Access to all Regular G19 Programming
Access to Conference Meals (not including breakfast)
Access to social events & other add-on activities
register now

Adoptees Living in Korea

Title
₩ 175,000
Access to Regular G19 Programming from August 1st, 3rd - 4th
Access to G19 Meals from August 1st - Lunch Only, 3rd - 4th
Access to social events & other add-on activities from August 1st, 3rd - 4th
register now

Conference registration fees are listed in USD (unless otherwise noted), are inclusive of processing fees, and will not be considered complete until payment has been received. Registrations made prior to the deadline, but without payment will be subject to the registration fee current at the time of payment (your payment date will determine your registration completion date). Payments must be made thru PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account to make a payment through PayPal).

CANCELLATION POLICY:
We know that unforeseen circumstances can arise, so we will allow for cancellations and refunds, less a $25 administrative fee per person:
– if a registrant contacts us and requests a refund by April 30, 2019: 100%
– if a registrant contacts us and requests a refund by June 15, 2019: 50%
After June 15, 2019, there will be no refunds. Refunds must be requested by email to [email protected] No refunds will be made online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the IKAA Gathering 2019?

The IKAA Gatherings are open to all Korean adoptees ages 18+, their spouses/partners, and family.

Can I volunteer at the IKAA Gathering 2019?

Yes! We love volunteers, especially considering that this conference is run entirely by volunteer efforts! Please contact [email protected] for further inquiry.

If I volunteer, can I receive a discount on registration?

Unfortunately, due to the fact that IKAA is run by an all-volunteer board, it is not possible to receive any discounts as the registration fees go towards meals, activities, and meeting space for the Gathering.

Is there a dress code?

For the most part, the Gathering is pretty casual, but we do have a business attire dress code for the opening ceremonies, formal dress code for the Gala dinner, and a black and white dress code for the Official IKAA After Party.

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