frequently asked questions
I don't speak any Hungarian. Am
I eligible for ReConnect Hungary? Will I enjoy it?
Absolutely! The program is designed especially for second, third, fourth (and beyond) generation Hungarian-Americans who do not speak any Hungarian.
My ancestry is only distantly Hungarian,
do I qualify? How do I demonstrate my Hungarian background?
Yes! The program is designed for those who want to rediscover their Hungarian self while building connections to family, traditions and community, both local and global. In the essay portion of your application you will be asked to tell us about what you know about your family's background as well as your Hungarian experiences so far, if any. This is enough to demonstrate your ancestry.
What is the cost of the program
and what does it cover?
The out-of-pocket cost for you, a selected participant, is only $1,200 (including a $250 non-refundable deposit), which is the cost-equivalent of the trans-Atlantic airfare. The total value of the trip is $4,800 per participant and is funded by the organizers and our individual and corporate sponsors.
Basically everything is covered! Roundtrip airfare between New York and Budapest; dinner and overnight accommodations during our New York orientation; all transportation to/from airports in New York and Budapest; all accommodations while in Hungary; three meals a day while in Hungary; transportation in our own van throughout Hungary, all entrance fees to museums and historical sites; and the pre-trip online orientation package.
You will need to cover travel to/from New York City and spending money. You will have to arrange your own travel insurance and passport. When you are selected, you will be asked to provide us with a valid credit card as a security deposit.
Do you need help covering the cost? Family and friends can give the trip as your birthday, graduation or holiday present. There are also creative ways for you to raise funds for your trip.
I've already been to Hungary, can
I still participate in ReConnect?
It depends. The program is designed for young Americans and Canadians of Hungarian background who have never been to Hungary so that they can rediscover their roots. If you were born in Hungary but left before age 12, you are eligible for ReConnect. There are ways to get involved and support the program: mentoring, joining us on Facebook and FUNdraising are but a few opportunities.
I'd like to sponsor a participant's
trip. Is this possible?
Absolutely! Just download this form and make a donation by check to "RECONNECT HUNGARY" and mail it to: ReConnect Hungary - Hungarian Birthright Program, P.O. Box 389, Gracie Station, New York, NY 10028.
Who are the organizers?
ReConnect Hungary - Hungarian Birthright Program is a public-private partnership supported by Hungarian American and Canadian organizations and the Government of Hungary.
How will participants be selected?
ReConnect Hungary is a unique cultural immersion program. As such, the number of participants per trip is limited to ensure an optimal experience. After meeting eligibility requirements, participants will be selected on a first-come basis and on the strength of their recommendations, written essay and phone interview. Your percentage of Hungarian ancestry is not a factor! Participation in our online training course about the past, present and future of Hungary is mandatory. Once all places are taken, additional qualified participants will be given priority for the next trip if they still meet the age requirement.
How can I participate?
You need to apply, take the online orientation course, and go on the trip. To apply, you need to meet the eligibility requirements, fill out an application and submit documents. Once selected, you will be asked to send in the $1,200 (which includes a $250 non-refundable deposit). Next, you and the other participants will begin an online orientation course.
What happens after the trip?
Your journey to rediscovering your Hungarian self continues when you return to the U.S.. You'll be asked to mentor a future participant (it's only fair and fun). Then you'll be able to stay involved through ReConnect Hungary Alumni Group meet-ups and events, FUNdraising for the program, joining a Hungarian-American organization, taking part in ReConnect+ (another surprise, for now) and, of course, returning to Hungary or one of the surrounding countries where Hungarian communities live.