A great gift idea for the holidays: ReConnect Hungary Birthright trip!
Your loved one will experience exclusive events, quality programs, networking opportunities and friendships to last a lifetime. Read More ...
A special message from Allison Pataki
Watch this powerful message from our Ambassador, Allison Pataki, whose Hungarian heritage is a source of pride and an integral... Read More ...
And the winner is... Jordyn Barone from Washington!
Congratulations to Jordyn, the winner of the Online Hungarian Language Course. Read More ...
Application deadline extended until January 31, 2018!
We have good news for the new year: you can still apply for the 2018 Hungarian birthright trip! Read More ...
- Apply for ReConnect Hungary 2018 by December 11 and win an Online Hungarian Language Course worth $300!
Apply for the 2019 Hungarian Birthright Program today!
Applications for the 2019 ReConnect Hungary Birthright Program are finally open! Read More ...
Dinner Demo with Chef Jeremy Salamon at the Hungarian Library in NYC
Don't miss this amazing culinary event! Space is limited so apply as soon as you can. Read More ...
Governor George E. Pataki shares his story
Watch the video to hear up close why former New York Governor George E. Pataki is so committed to ReConnect Hungary. Read More ...
- Interview with Andrea Nilsen
It's YOUR CHANCE for ReConnect Transylvania!
We would love to have you join us on this year's ReConnect Transylvania trip. Read More ...
Interview with Andrea Nilsen
Andrea Nilsen went on ReConnect Hungary 29+ last year.
Why did you apply for the trip?
My cousin, Allie Dempsey, was a participant in 2017 and I was researching the opportunity for my own kids when I discovered the inaugural 29+ program. I switched gears quickly and decided I would apply in 2018 and my kids could apply in 2019 if they were interested. I had been intimidated in the past about traveling to Hungary because of the language barrier and I knew immediately this would be a life-changing experience.
What was the best part of the trip?
The best parts of the trip for me were moments when I was able to wander around Budapest soaking up the culture of a world that my grandfather knew so well. It was amazing to see the iconic views (architecture, the Danube, and the beautiful countryside) in real life instead of just pictures.
How did the birthright program change your life?
My Hungarian ancestry was not part of my upbringing. My Grandfather died just before I was born and my family rarely spoke about his Hungarian past. Participating in ReConnect Hungary opened a door to the history and culture of Hungary that I was ready to explore. Now I look for Hungarian connections in books, movies, and people. Since the trip, I’ve met several people where I live who immigrated from Hungary or who have Hungarian roots. I even participated in my first-ever St. Stephens Day celebration on August 20th!
Are you planning to go back to Hungary anytime soon?
I would like to return to Hungary with my sister and/or children soon. I had a wonderful experience and hope to visit again and again throughout my life.
Ildi Richter (RH'18 peer guide) and Andrea Nilsen (RH29+) at the Goldberger Textile Museum in Budapest