Testimonials

Meet some of our ReConnected Participants and read what they say about the Hungarian Birthright Program.

Zack Cramp

RH'15
“It is an incredible way to not only understand the history of our country and people, but also to learn about life in modern-day Hungary. I now have seen first-hand where my family came from, and have a much deeper understanding of many aspects of my heritage thanks to this program. It is essential for anyone to have an understanding and pride in their cultural identity. This program gives young people like me a moving and educational experience that will never be forgotten.”

Michelle Geosits

RH'15
"It was absolutely unreal visiting my family in Szentpéterfa and seeing the source of my heritage and being welcomed with open arms. It has also provided me with a more accurate, new world view of Hungary as opposed to the old world view shared by my relatives.I will forever be grateful for the experiences I’ve had here, and feel renewed by a new sense of belonging to both the small and specific community of ReConnect Hungary and the greater/broader community of Hungarians living around the world. This has truly been the trip of a lifetime."

Kathleen Muckenhirn

RH'15
“It is a great experience that you are not going to get any other way. It’s a unique trip with people your own age and with the same heritage, focused on allowing you to grow closer to your history. The program is specifically built to let you (re)discover your ancestry and discover what it is to be Hungarian. The guides are all amazing, and being around other Hungarian Americans with similar stories was incredible. I had the opportunity to learn a lot about my grandparents and their motives to leave Hungary and move to the U.S., which was really important to me.

Alexander Jetta Koves

RH'14
“Through this experience I have strengthened my Hungarian roots and learned about Hungary’s cultural and economic strengths and weaknesses. Some of the strongest Hungarian cultural identity was found on our trip to a Hungarian town in the neighboring country of Serbia. The adherence to the Hungarian culture and language shown by the Hungarians of Serbia incited my love and compassion for Hungary and its people even outside its border. It has inspired me to be more involved in the Hungarian community in my hometown and to make the culture a permanent and positive addition to my life.”

Amy Gardi

RH'14
My experience on the Reconnect Hungary trip was life changing. For me this trip was an opportunity to better connect myself to the feelings of my family. I learned about the nation that my family came from and the culture that indirectly raised me. Understanding Hungarian culture and comparing it to the U.S. is something more valuable than any other experience I’ve had. The biggest issue currently in Hungary is reclaiming a ‘Hungarian’ national identity. This program was designed to show American youth the new thriving Hungarian culture in an effort to connect us to this Hungarian identity.”

Aliecia Anderson

RH'14
“ReConnect Hungary is an exceptional program that has allowed me to fully understand and appreciate my own culture and roots. It opened my eyes to culture, business, politics, and I have made connections with people that I know will last a lifetime. I truly believe my heart will always belong in Budapest. This program has touched my life in a way that I cannot quite explain, and I feel that every Hungarian-American should experience this amazing journey.”

Kathleen Horan

RH'13
"The reason I recommend this program to other young Hungarian-Americans is because it is a great way to experience the country your family came from and it allows you to better understand their customs. The most important thing I have learned on my ReConnect Hungary journey is that I should be very proud of my heritage."

Peter Takács

RH'13
"My family has always been proud of our Hungarian origin, but now – thanks to the ReConnect Hungary program – my Hungarian identity was strengthened. I even consider continuing my studies at a Hungarian university after graduating from college. I am very grateful to all the organizers and supporters for allowing me to participate in this unforgettable program."

Monika Mohácsi

RH'13
"ReConnect provides a unique prospective through guides who grew up in Hungary, allowing us to get a more in-depth learning experience. I've learned how important it is to keep culture and tradition alive.... My parents made a point to not only raise me Hungarian but also American. These traditions are not at odds but harmoniously exist within me and make me who I am – I am very proud to be both, and this trip further solidified my Hungarian identity."

Joanna Birkner

RH'13
"ReConnect is a unique program in that it allows disconnected Hungarian youths to find that lost part of themselves. It is essentially a crash course in being Hungarian…. You can be full, half, a quarter, or a sixteenth – it doesn't matter how much Hungarian is in your blood. It's how Hungarian you feel. After this trip I feel like a very proud Hungarian."

Jonathan Naser

RH'12
This program is the ideal first step for reconnecting with your heritage. In just 2 weeks you learn so much vital information on history, culture and language that is relevant to you. The most moving experience for me was preparing a meal on the farm that we visited. My Hungarian grandparents started a farm in Pennsylvania. Being on an authentic farm brought back great memories. Hungary has not forgotten the Diaspora community. Hungary welcomes back its fellow people with open arms."

Veronika Nagy,

RH'12
"The best part of the ReConnect Hungary journey is the variety of programs. Each day you learn something new about the country. We are millions around the world with a Hungarian background and it's important to stick together and try to maintain this wonderful country's history alive."

Sophia Gottfried-Fischler

RH'12
"The opportunity of a lifetime… to fill the gap in my cultural identity. I hope to stay active in the program and inspire other Hungarian-American youth to connect with their heritage."

Betty Roos

RH'12
"Everything was so well-organized that it allowed us to definitely absorb all that we could about our heritage. The most moving experience for me was that even though I didn't grow up within the culture, I feel connected and really comfortable with it. I loved how connected I felt to many of the people in Hungary."

Samantha Vanderburgh

RH'12
"The best part of the ReConnect Hungary journey is getting to know the other participants, laughing and having a great time. Getting in touch with your roots helps you define yourself, especially in the U.S. where everyone is so different. There are so many great opportunities in this program that you only come across once in a lifetime."