Information about traveling in Korea and more will be added in 2023
IKAA Korea Gathering FAQ
The IKAA Korea Gathering is open to all adoptees ages 18+, their spouses/partners, and family. The programming is primarily targeted to adult Korean adoptees. Like previous years, we will be offering some family oriented programming as well. There may also be attendee limitations to certain events. For example, the nightly socials will be limited to adults. Some of the workshop sessions may be limited to adoptees only.
No, and we don’t expect you to! We understand that the community is diverse and that attendees will have varying interests. The Korea Gathering was created in the spirit of “choose your own adventure.” It can be a very exciting and emotional time, so we recommend taking the time you need to relax and practice self-care during the weeklong event.
The event was designed with newcomers in mind! We will have intentional programming for newcomers that includes virtual sessions to help connect attendees prior to Korea and a newcomers only welcome event which was launched in 2019. We’ll also be providing guidance on how to navigate Seoul and recommendations on things to see and experience.
Full refunds (minus any processing fees) will be available on request until the end of March 2023. Refunds are not guaranteed afterwards.
Unfortunately we will not be able to provide student discounts.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that IKAA is run by an all-volunteer board, it is not possible to receive discounts for volunteering. The registration fees go towards activities, food, meeting space, and other costs for the Gathering.
We are collaborating with more adoptees living in Korea for the 2023 event. We will be offering special discount for adoptees who are living long term in Korea. Please reach out to email@example.com for more information.
We recommend that attendees stay near COEX for convenience. One major advantage of this location is the number of accommodation options in the area. There are a number of hotels which are walking distance to COEX. Additionally, past participants have stayed at Airbnbs and Guesthouses during previous Korea Gatherings. See the full map and list/links of nearby hotels here. They range in size, amenities, and price point. Overall, participants have many options for accommodation and can stay in close proximity to other attendees.