ReConnect Hungary provides the gift of a peer-group heritage and cultural immersion trip to Hungary for Hungarian-American and Canadian young adults between the ages of 18 and 28 who want to strengthen their personal Hungarian identity through connection to the country, culture and heritage. Every summer, groups of individually selected young Hungarian-Americans/Canadians begin a two-week journey of rediscovery together. They learn about their Hungarian roots—culture, traditions and history—in a totally new way.
The program is a result of the vision of Allison Pataki, daughter of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, who grasped the growing need among young Hungarian Americans, like herself, to be able to rediscover their Hungarian heritage with a view to the future as well. (If you haven't done it yet, read Allison's thoughtful message , her older brother Theodore's memories of Hungary or her younger brother Owen’s interview in Hungary!)
Organized by the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation, the program covers round-trip airfare between New York and Budapest, accommodations, as well as two weeks of programs, which include educational lectures, meetings with business leaders and visits to government offices and cultural attractions. The Program now also offers an optional post-trip seven-day excursion to Transylvania for those who want to further explore a Hungarian minority community.
The experience helps young Hungarian-Americans/Canadians understand their heritage and the current contribution Hungary is making to the U.S. and the world. They gain a deeper understanding of their Hungarian heritage while enjoying a living culture. Not only does their pride in Hungary’s historical significance, rich past and impressive accomplishments grow, but they experience current-day Hungary while connecting to young Hungarians. With unmatched access to decision-makers and industry leaders, they will see first-hand the trends, innovations and ingenuity driving the country today.
ReConnect Hungary - Hungarian Birthright Program is a public-private partnership supported by Hungarian American and Canadian organizations and the Government of Hungary.
If your heritage is at least partially Hungarian, this program is for you.
If you don’t speak Hungarian, this program was especially designed for you.
If you want to have a fun-filled, eye-opening and novel experience of what it means to be Hungarian, this program is for you.
If you’ve never been to Hungary—perfect—this program is for you, but beware: you’ll want to keep going back.
If you want to journey with other like-minded young Americans and Hungarians and broaden your circle of friends as well as your network, this program is for you.
If you long to be a part of a community that understands where you are coming from, this program is for you.
If you want inspiration to carry on your family and community traditions in the U.S., this program is for you.
By taking the trip, you will expand your connection to the land and people of Hungary, deepen your personal commitment to your Hungarian heritage, and find or form a community that is vibrant and spans continents.
Hungary may be the land of your ancestors, but it is also on the cutting edge of ideas, technology, inventions, music and art.
Upon your return, the journey continues as you join the ReConnect Hungary Alumni program, carry out your task force responsibilities, take part in ReConnect Hungary Alumni activities, mentor a future participant, and grow closer to your local and family traditions while linking into a global community.
Apply for ReConnect Hungary today and begin the journey to rediscovering your Hungarian self!
The program provides a scholarship worth $2,500 per participant, making the out-of-pocket cost of the program to all selected participants only $1,500, which includes a $300 non-refundable administrative fee. The organizers, generous Hungarian-American/Canadian individual and corporate sponsors, as well as Hungarian state support make it possible to keep the cost for participants as low as just the price of the trans-Atlantic airfare.
What is included? Basically everything!
Roundtrip airfare and taxes between New York and Budapest; all transportation to/from airports in New York and Budapest; all accommodations while in Hungary; three meals a day while in Hungary; guides in Hungary; transportation in our own van throughout Hungary; all entrance fees to museums and historical sites; the pre-trip online course; and lunch and orientation in New York.
What is NOT included: Transportation to/from our gateway departure city, New York; passport fees, health/travel/extra baggage insurance, items of a personal nature (gifts, spending money, additional meals).
Do you need help covering the cost? Family and friends can give the trip as a birthday, graduation or holiday present. Just click here to sponsor a participant’s trip by filling out the form and making your secure donation. You can also make out your check to "ReConnect Hungary" and mail it to: ReConnect Hungary - Hungarian Birthright Program, 120 East 90th Street #5D, New York, NY 10128.
All fees paid by participants go directly into the program. Donations, individual and corporate sponsors, in-kind donations in Hungary are all welcome and needed! There are also creative ways for you to raise funds for your trip. Learn more
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