Travel & Accommodations

International Attendees

AMS welcomes attendees from around the world to The Montessori Event in Washington, DC!


If you are applying for a visa, you may register before your visa has been approved. If you register and then find out that your visa is denied, AMS will provide a full refund on your registration.


The Visa Waiver Program enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for stays of 90 days or less without needing a visa, providing they meet specified requirements. For those who need a visa, we recommend beginning the visa request process 3 – 4 months before The Montessori Event. To request an invitation letter from AMS, email the following information to for each prospective attendee who needs a visa in order to attend:

  • Name of the attendee (as it appears on the passport or government-issued ID)
  • Name of attendee’s school or organization and attendee’s title there
  • AMS login ID (if applicable)
  • Nation of citizenship and passport number
  • The address of the U.S. consulate office to which you will be presenting the letter

Within 5 business days of receiving your request, we will email you a letter of invitation that you may deliver to the appropriate consulate.

For more information about the U.S. Visa process, including finding a consulate and appointment wait time, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Mandarin Interpretation

We are pleased to offer simultaneous Mandarin interpretation for 3 keynote addresses (Daniel Goleman, Pedro Noguera, and Scilla Elworthy) and some workshops. If you would like Mandarin interpretation, you must select it on your conference registration. There is no additional fee. Headsets will be available onsite to those who have pre-registered for this service. For more information, contact