Welcome to the home of The North Sea Convention!
The NSC is an English language AA convention with Flemish/Dutch/French AA and Al-Anon are invited to participate. The NSC has often been the largest English language AA Convention in continental Europe with at times up to 500 participants during the weekend. The NSC is being held at the Vayamundo Hotel in Ostend which is located right by the beach! Rooms are selling out fast so be sure to secure yours soon before 14 December !
Convention fees :
- 15€ Full weekend (2-3 days)
- 10€ Friday or Saturday (1 day)
Come to our registration desk to register and receive your participant package.
We strongly suggest to check below for all hotel info and instructions. Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed these directions…
Some of the things to expect:
- Over 90 meetings in at least 3 languages
- Rooms for spontaneous meetings and other languages
- Speakers for the three general sessions
- A sobriety countdown on Saturday evening
- A Saturday night disco with a live DJ right after the main meeting
- Informal and impromptu live music sessions on Friday and Saturday nights after the meetings. All attendees are welcome (and invited!) to bring their talents and instruments to participate.
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Below is the 2024 programme for illustration only, please come back in December for the new and updated 2025 programme. Thank you!
Listen to speaker recordings from past NSC events!
At Vayamundo, Zeedijk 290-330, 8400 Oostende, room and breakfast are provided via apartment or hotel rooms. With a capacity of respectively 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 or 8 persons. All apartments are equipped with bathroom, toilet, living room, kitchenette with microwave, coffee-maker, refrigerator, fully equipped kitchen and sleeping facility with single beds. Hotel rooms are only equipped with a minibar and a water kettle. The beds are made upon on arrival and one set of towels is provided per person.
You may like to share an apartment to reduce cost. Please note that the hotel provides only ONE towel per person, and does not provide soap or hair dryers (hair dryers available at front desk).
Directions – How to book – Prices
We want your help!
There are a variety of available service positions. To signup please come see us at the registration desk.
Lead an AA or Al-Anon Meeting
When you arrive at the convention, sign up to chair a one hour meeting, and keep our meetings going! All you have to do is:
- Be there 15 minutes early to set up and chair the meeting, using the topic provided
- Collect the 7th tradition, put it in the envelope provided. Straighten up before leaving and take the envelope to the registration desk
Meetings are an important part of NSC. You can make a difference by volunteering to lead a meeting!
“At Large” Volunteers
“At Large” volunteers go everywhere and do everything.
You might fill in for someone who needs a break, help out at the check-in, merchandise or literature tables, greet guests or check name badges at the doors of the NSC venue.
If you’re flexible and love variety, sign up as one of our “At Large” volunteers.
The Check-In Team needs a group of volunteers to staff the registration tables. The Team welcomes participants, assists with registrations, gives them their convention materials and information. You need to be able to deal tactfully with all sorts of people in a cheerful, helpful, and efficient manner. Patience and positivity are key here. Experience and grace under pressure is also helpful.
Merchandise Sales Team
We need members to help at the literature table. It will be beneficial if you have a good knowledge of our program literature and some experience making change and keeping track of merchandise that has been sold.
The Hospitality Team will depend on you to be one of the happy folks welcoming our guests when they arrive to check-in, helping attendees get where they need to go, answering questions, and getting them to the right people if they need further assistance. Additionally, you might be making sure all attendees have a valid badge, and helping in any other ways needed throughout the weekend.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to register?
Registration Fee for the Weekend Convention is 15 EUROS (2-3 days).
Friday or Saturday (1 day) is 10 EUROS.
Can I pre-register through your website and pay electronically?
The short answer is No. Registration is open throughout the convention. Please come see us at the registration desk starting from the first day. To help us out please have exact change!
What are we currently doing about Covid-19
NSC will always comply with the medical directions provided by the Belgian government as indicated in the link below. Please note this could change as covid and other diseases are a moving target.
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Can I book my hotel through your website?
Yes, you can send a booking request to the hotel using the booking form on our website. The hotel needs to confirm your booking to finalize it.
How can I volunteer?
Brilliant! We need your help!
Please refer to the Volunteering section for more information on available service positions here. To signup please come see us at the physical registration desk.
What do I do if my question is not answered in these FAQs?
Please contact us via the contact page and send us your question. We will answer it as soon as possible and if we think it would be useful to a general audience, we will add it here. Thank you for helping us expand our database of FAQs!
Yikes! I noticed an error or typo on the website! How do I get it corrected?
Use the form on our contact page to tell us about the error or typo. Please include the URL for the page on which the error or typo occurs. This will help us find it. Thanks!