Participation Agreement: Terms & Conditions

2018 Winter Youth Assembly

Agreement Between Participant And Friendship Ambassadors Foundation

In consideration for his/her acceptance by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (“FAF”) in the FAF Program, each Participant shall be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in the following and these terms and conditions shall form the Agreement between FAF and each Participant. 

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING FOR FAF PROGRAM. By submitting your application, you agree to these terms and conditions. If you do not agree to these terms you may not be eligible for participation into the FAF Program.

A.  Payment Terms

All applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable and non-transferable application fee of $15.00 per application/applicant upon submission of the application form.  This application fee will enable the application form to be reviewed and processed thoroughly.  Furthermore, accepted applicants will be required to pay an additional non-refundable and non-transferable administration fee of $185.00 per registration/registrant in order to complete the Youth Assembly registration and to receive the admission to the conference.  Registration spaces are limited.  Application and registration shall be reviewed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  No application will be reviewed before receiving the application fee, and no registration will be processed and completed before receiving the administration fee.  

Participant shall make the payments according to the following schedule strictly:

  • Application fee of $15.00 (USD) per applicant upon submission of the application form.
  • Administration fee of $185.00 (USD) per registrant upon acceptance of the application.  For groups of 10 or more accepted applicants, one administration fee will be waived for every 10 paying accepted applicants (e.g. For a group of 11 accepted applicants, the total administration fee will be $1,850.00).

B.  Cancellation by Participant

The above Application Fee and Administration Fee are non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances and for any reason.  These circumstances and reasons may include, but are not to be limited to, application rejection, application withdrawal, registrant cancellation, medical condition, or outcome of visa applications with U.S. embassies abroad.  Upon submitting application forms and application fees, FAF reviews, processes, administers, and may accept those applications.  In return for this service, participants may not request refund, credit or dispute the charges before, during, and after the FAF Program.  Furthermore, upon submitting the administration fees to confirm the registration for the Youth Assembly, FAF processes, administers, and issues the invitation letters or admission letters, FAF shall not have any obligation to issue a refund or credit, and registrants shall not dispute the charges due to registrants' cancellation for any reasons.  

C. Cancellation by FAF

FAF reserves the right to cancel the FAF Program for any reason and at any time, in which case a refund shall be made for any FAF Program services not already provided, including the non-refundable payment.  However in the event FAF determines to cancel the FAF program because of “just cause”, Section E hereof shall apply and FAF shall be obligated only as provided in Section E.  “Just cause” shall include but not be limited to acts of God, strikes, weather, war, crime, sickness, threats of terrorism per Department of State Advisories or other events that FAF determines would result in unsafe or uncomfortable travel conditions.

D.  Termination

FAF can terminate the participation of any Participant in the FAF Program if FAF or its Authorized agent or representative deems said Participant to be detrimental to the FAF Program or to the reputation of FAF itself.  FAF shall have no responsibility for any expense incurred by any such Participant. FAF reserves the right to expel Participant at any point during the FAF program as deemed appropriate by on-site FAF staff for disruptive behavior. All consequential costs of participant expulsion shall be borne by the participant without recourse to refund of unused program benefits.

E.  Limitation of Liability

In the event that any parts or all of the FAF Program are delayed, postponed, canceled or otherwise not provided, FAF's liability is limited to the provision of such substitute or supplementary services as can be secured or provided at no additional cost to FAF.  

F.  Property Damage

FAF shall not be responsible for any property belonging to the Participant that is lost or damaged during the course of the FAF Program.  Further, Participant understands that it is responsible for, and shall indemnify FAF against, any and all claims made against FAF, its agents and representatives, for damage to property caused by any Participant during the FAF Program.

G.  Credit

Participant agrees to credit FAF prominently in any publicity, brochures, films, videotapes, exhibitions, visual materials, or other materials that Participant may produce or authorize to be produced or distributed in connection with the FAF Program. Such credit shall be listed or mentioned separately from any other recognition of support, e.g., “Traveling in cooperation with Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, a non-profit, tax exempt, organization promoting educational cultural exchange, located at 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.”

H.  Waiver of Liability

Participant agrees that FAF shall not be responsible for, and Participant hereby waives any claim against FAF for, and releases FAF from, any liability of any nature whatsoever for loss (including additional expenses caused by delays and/or changes in transportation or other services), damages (including consequential damages), or injury to property or persons due to any cause whatsoever, including, without limitation, any act, omission or negligence of any hotel, airline, bus company, railroad or owners or contractors providing accommodations or other services, occurring during the duration of the FAF Program, except for claims based on the willful misconduct and/or gross negligence of FAF.  Nor shall FAF be responsible for any loss, cost, damage, injury, delay or expense arising from acts of God, strikes, weather, war, civil disorder, crime, sickness, or other events beyond the control of FAF, and any loss or expense arising from the above contingencies shall be borne by Participant involved.

I.  Indemnification

In connection with the FAF Program and the conduct thereof, Participant agrees to indemnify and hold FAF, and its agents, officers, employees, volunteers and directors harmless from and against any and all loss, liability, claim, suit or demand, including reasonable attorney's fees arising there from, which may be asserted against FAF by any Individual or person or organization not a party to this Agreement on account of the Participant's involvement with the FAF Program, except if such loss, liability, claim, suit or demand is based on FAF's willful misconduct and/or gross negligence.

J.  Choice of Law

The parties agree that any and all claims arising under this Agreement, including but not limited to claims arising by statute or by contract, tort, or in equity, shall be construed pursuant to New York law.

K.  Arbitration

Any controversy, claim or dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in New York, New York. Such arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the then prevailing arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), with the following exceptions if in conflict: (a) one arbitrator shall be chosen by AAA ; (b) each party to the arbitration will pay its pro rata share of the expenses and fees of the arbitrator, together with other expenses of the arbitration incurred or approved by the arbitrator; and (c) arbitration may proceed in the absence of any party if written notice (pursuant to the AAA’s rules and regulations) of the proceedings has been given to such party. Each party shall bear its own attorneys fees and expenses. The parties agree to abide by all decisions and awards rendered in such proceedings. Such decisions and awards rendered by the arbitrator shall be final and conclusive. All such controversies, claims or disputes shall be settled in this manner in lieu of any action at law or equity; provided however, that nothing in this subsection shall be construed as precluding the bringing of an action for injunctive relief or other equitable relief. The arbitrator shall not have the right to award punitive damages or speculative damages to either party and shall not have the power to amend this Agreement. The arbitrator shall be required to follow applicable law. If for any reason this arbitration clause becomes not applicable, then each party, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, hereby irrevocably waives all right to trial by jury as to any issue relating hereto in any action, proceeding, or counterclaim arising out of or relating to this agreement or any other matter involving the parties hereto.  

L.  Agreement

This agreement, along with any exhibits, appendices, addendums, schedules, and amendments hereto, encompasses the entire agreement of the Parties, and supersedes all previous understandings and agreements between the Parties, whether oral or written. The Parties hereby acknowledge and represent that said Parties have not relied on any representation, assertion, guarantee, warranty, collateral contract or other assurance, except those set out in this Agreement, made by or on behalf of any other party or any other person or entity whatsoever, prior to the execution of this Agreement. The Parties hereby waive all rights and remedies, at low or in equity, arising or which may arise as the result of a party’s reliance on such representation, assertion, guarantee, warranty, collateral contract of other assurance, provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed as a restriction or limitation of said party’s right to remedies associated with the gross negligence, willful misconduct or fraud of any person or party taking place prior to, or contemporaneously with, the execution of this Agreement. 

Last Updated: October 13, 2017

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