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VIPKid Journey Conference - Washington, DC


VIPKid Journey Conference - Washington, DC

Update 9/13/19 11:30 AM PST: Journey is now sold out and the waitlist is full. Thank you and see you in DC!

From the Vegas Strip to the National Mall, the VIPKid Journey conference is making it's East Coast debut on November 9 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington DC. We invite you to join us in our nation's capital to hear from VIPKid Founders, leaders in education, and exciting speakers-- and of course, meet fellow teachers and have fun with Dino!

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, November 8:

6:00 pm Early Check-in + Welcome (exact details and time TBD)

Saturday, November 9:

9:00 am: Check-in and Coffee

10:00 am-5:30 pm: Keynotes, Lunch, Breakout Sessions

New to VIPKid? Journey is VIPKid's official conference, open to all teachers with VIPKid. Check out a recap from our Las Vegas conference here. 


VIPKid Journey tickets go on sale at 12 pm PST on Thursday, 9/12/19. The cost is $70* for a full day of programming on 11/9/19, coffee and bagels in the morning, and lunch at the conference. Your ticket gives you access to an optional Friday night (11/8/19) Welcome Activity. More details to come.

There are 600 tickets available for this event. If you are unable to secure a ticket, please add yourself to the waitlist and we will reach out if a ticket becomes available.

*Please do not book non-refundable travel to DC before you secure a ticket, we cannot allow admission to the conference without a ticket. Please note all official conference activities are for VIPKid Teachers only. If you visit DC with your family, please ensure proper child-care arrangements in advance.

Journey FAQs

What is the cost and how many tickets are available? The cost to attend Journey is $70. This cost covers a full day of programming on November 9th, coffee and bagels in the morning, and lunch at the conference. Your ticket will also include an optional Welcome Activity on Friday, November 8th (6:00 PM, details TBA). Additionally, we will have a Swag Store set up with discounted items available! 

How many tickets can I purchase? Due to high demand, tickets are limited to one (1) per VIPKid Teacher. There are 600 tickets available. 

Who can attend this event? This event is for VIPKid teachers only. We are unable to accommodate additional guests or children and infants at official Journey programming (during the Friday activity and all day Saturday). Thank you for your understanding.

Where does Journey take place? Journey will take place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park at the onsite conference center. This hotel is located near the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan metro and many popular sites  in DC. All Saturday conference activities will take place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. If you are staying offsite, please make separate transportation arrangements. VIPKid does not pay for transportation or parking costs for Journey.

Transportation + Lodging:

Flying. The Washington Marriott Wardman Park is 30 miles (40-min drive) from Dulles Airport. The estimated taxi fare is $60 one-way. Reagan National airport is slightly closer (7 miles/20-minute drive) and the estimated taxi fare is $30 one-way. You can also fly into Baltimore Airport 40 miles (1-hour drive). It is possible to take public transportation from the airport to Woodley-Park Zoo Metro Station near the hotel, but there is no direct route and it will require a transfer on the metro.

Metro. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has a Metro station just 1 block from the hotel. Find directions to the Woodley-Park Zoo Metro Station here.

Parking. Parking at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park is not included in your ticket price. The Hotel will extend the following discount for Hotel’s 2019 overnight parking prices: Self-parking, fee: $39.00 per day (reduced from $48.00 per day). The Hotel will extend the following discount for Hotel’s 2019 day parking prices: Self-parking, fee: $31.00 per day (reduced from $38.00 per day). Given the high price of parking in DC, we encourage folks to take public transportation or carpool. You can also use off-site parking services like to find better pricing.

Can I volunteer at Journey? At this time, we are not accepting applications for volunteers. Priority for volunteer spots is given to local VIPKid teachers who are Local Leaders and we will be reaching out to those folks individually. If we need additional volunteers, you will be notified via the Hutong. 

Can I speak at Journey? Please keep an eye out in the Hutong for instructions on how to submit a proposal to become a teacher speaker.

Where should I stay?  We have a room block at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park for $159/night + tax. Click here to book:

These rooms will be available until we fill our block or until October 25th. When tickets go on sale, the link to the room block will be updated here. Please note that the hotel is NOT currently available on Thursday, November 7 due to another conference. If you include Thursday night in your search, you will not get any results. Please start your reservation on Friday November 8 and call the hotel to see if any Thursday rooms open up. Please call the hotel directly for any questions regarding the rooms (1 (800) 228-9290 or (202) 328-2000)

If you are looking for a roommate, the Journey Facebook Group is a great place to start!

Who will be speaking at Journey? A full speaker lineup will be released in October, but get excited to hear from VIPKid Founders, US and China office staff, other VIPKid teachers, and thought leaders in education. If you are interested in applying to be a speaker, please check the Hutong for more details after Thursday, September 12th.

What are my dining options? Your ticket includes coffee and bagels in the morning and lunch on Saturday, November 9th. We will have gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. There are many dining options within walking distance of the Marriott as well.

Do you have accommodations for nursing mothers? We secure a mother's wellness room at all of our events to accommodate moms. Unfortunately, we cannot allow infants into the conference so please plan to have support.

What should I wear to Journey? The dress is conference casual! Orange is always in style with VIPKid. Show your VIPKid spirit! There might even be a prize for most spirited dress.

How can I stay in touch about Journey updates? Join our Journey Washington DC Facebook page. We will also send out email updates.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please email am91cm5leSB8IHZpcGtpZC1pbnRsICEgY29t
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