It is absolutely necessary for everyone to bring a warm sleeping-bag and a sleeping mat to be able to sleep on the floor.
On arrival, large groups will be divided between several parishes or communal accommodation places. Your accommodation will be allocated to you by the team in the local welcome point. Please accept what is offered to you. The hosts are welcoming the participants of the European meeting without expecting anything in return. Be ready to split up to be welcomed in pairs, or even alone. Please also accept that your hosts receive either boys or girls.
Some participants will be sleeping in communal accommodation places (church halls, gyms, etc...), men and women in different rooms. Some of these places offer very simple accommodation.
Please pay close attention to the transport information on your itinerarium which you will be given when you arrive.
Some participants will stay in places in the small towns or villages outside of Riga.
Special accommodation needs
If you have particular needs regarding your accommodation (eg. disabled people using a wheelchair), and you have received confirmation from us, specific accommodation will be reserved for you. Please indicate this when you first arrive at the reception point for your country. There, you will receive information about how to get to a local welcome point with others who speak your language (but not necessarily those you came with). You will receive your reserved accommodation from the team in the local welcome point.
If you want to stay with friends...
... it is essential that you tell us the address you are staying at on your registration form. It is also important that your hosts in Riga or the surrounding area make contact with their nearest parish to tell them that you will participate in the programme there. You should also still come to the main welcome for your country in order to register for the meeting and receive the programme and itinerarium.
Temporary accommodation before and after the meeting
If you arrive by plane before the meeting begins (25 December for those who come to help from 26 onwards, 27 December for the others) or if you leave after 1 January, please try to find your own accommodation for the night you arrive, or the night before you leave. If you cannot, the meetings team will provide simple temporary accommodation (sports hall floor or classroom) with limited space. It will not be available before 25 December or after 2 January.
If you have found your own accommodation for those nights, please change your arrival date on the online registration form to 26 or 28 December as appropriate.
The address of the temporary accommodation for the night of 25 to 26 December is Rīgas Valsts 2.ģimnāzija, Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 1.. You may go there from 9pm onwards and the next morning go to the welcome place for your country.
The address of the temporary accommodation for the night of 27 to 28 December is: Mežciema pamatskola
Hipokrāta iela 28.. You may go there from 9pm onwards and the next morning go to the welcome place for your country.