the application process
Determine if you meet the eligibility requirements
Participants must be of Hungarian heritage.
Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 and have a high school diploma.
Participants must be either U.S. or Canadian citizens.
Participants must not have lived in Hungary past the age of 12.
Fill out the online
application and submit it by the deadline specified.
What you will need to upload with your application:
High quality current headshot for publicity materials;
Two recommendation letters (professional or personal, addressing your suitability for the pprogram);
Copy of high school diploma or current year college transcript;
A video essay in which you describe your Hungarian background, your experiences of being Hungarian, your current involvement in the Hungarian-American community (if any), and how you plan to give back to the Hungarian-American community and promote the program upon your return;
A written essay (max. 1000 words) in which you describe the first time you realized you were Hungarian, your experiences of being Hungarian in North America, and the reason why you should be selected for the program (in .pdf format).
Selection of participants
The number of participants is limited per trip to ensure an optimal experience. After meeting eligibility requirements, participants will be selected based on the strength of their recommendations and essays. Final selections will be subject to a phone interview with the ReConnect Hungary team. Participants selected for the trip will be informed by email in March. Once selected, you will be asked to submit the $1,500 (which includes a $300 non-refundable deposit), and you will receive a timeline, along with a contract to be signed, which covers the terms of the program and rules of conduct during the trip.
Online orientation course
You and the other selected participants will take an online orientation course. You'll get a multimedia introduction to Hungarian accomplishments, history, culture and language. There will be required reading materials consisting of a recommended travel book, language primer (100 basic word list), and fictional and non-fictional literary works. Participation in the course is mandatory. The day before your flight from New York to Budapest, all participants will meet up in New York City. There, you'll be welcomed by ReConnect's Ambassador, Allison Pataki, and her father, former New York State Governor George Pataki, ReConnect Hungary's Patron. We will all share a dinner and overnight in New York City.