Details: Travel, Venue, Accommodation

The 7th Conference of Youth will take place at Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. We have one large room and ten breakout rooms for workshops. For directions to Howard College, see the second map on this page.

If you are in need of accommodation, please contact us as soon as possible. We have accomodation available for 250 Rand per night. Please e-mail us as soon as possible on coy7accommodation@gmail.com if you are interested – spaces are nearly full, please be quick! If you have successfully booked accommodation with us, please bring a passport-style photo of yourself.

A minibus operator in Durban has agreed to run extra routes to transport delegates to the Conference of Youth. See this website for more information.

What to bring to COY7 (care of our team on the ground in Durban!):

  • Utensils: we’re trying to keep the waste we produce at COY to an absolute minimum, so we encourage everyone to bring their own plate, knife, fork, spoon and cup.
  • Bug spray: Although there is no malaria in Durban the mosquitoes can get pretty annoying (and if you travel further north you might encounter some malaria ones on your way)
  • Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses: Durban summers can get very hot and humid! Average temperature for that time of year is 18-24, and the humidity is high.
  • Umbrella: Rainfall for that time of year is 104 mm per month
  • Water: Durban’s tap water is perfectly drinkable
  • Do NOT bring unnecessary valuables such as expensive electronic equipment, jewellery etc. Unfortunately we do have high crime stats in South Africa, so be careful: don’t leave your bag unattended and don’t attract attention when walking around by carrying things that look expensive.
  • Sort out your travel insurance and a copy of your passport for us to keep, so that in case anything happens and you need to go to the hospital we can help you out the best we can.
  • Bring a universal adapter: Electricity in South Africa is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 Hz. If you travel to South Africa with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz you will need a voltage converter. South Africa uses the original British 3 pin specification with large rounded pins.
  • There are instances of high immunity TB in South Africa, but risk of contamination is low. Also, there is a very high rate of HIV/aids.
  • Sim-cards can be purchased at most stores, but we recommend that you get one at the airport upon arrival, where they register them specifically for travellers. A starterpack is very cheap, and all the network providers offer prepaid serviced.
  • Clothing: Layers are the thing here! It can get very hot, but it might cool down if if rains, and the weather can change quite quickly.
  • Last but not least: bring your swimsuits – Durban is situated right on the beach!!

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