Educational Travel Tour for Young Adults

About the program

ReConnect Hungary is a unique cultural, educational and social immersion program for young adults of Hungarian heritage.

The program provides the gift of a peer-group heritage and cultural immersion trip to Hungary for Hungarian-North American 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 the 21st century.

Our next birthright trip will be June 14-30, 2019. Applications are opening on September 17 for ReConnect Hungary 2019.

The program is a result of the vision of Allison Pataki, New York Times best-selling author and daughter of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki. She 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. Read Allison's thoughtful message.

Devoted to maintaining ethnic identity since 1976, the birthright trip is organized by the New York-based Hungarian Human Rights Foundation. Included in the tuition for the trip is: round-trip airfare between New York and Budapest, accommodations and meals, as well as two weeks of programs, which include educational lectures, a service day, 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 an additional fee) for those who want to delve deeper and connect with the largest Hungarian minority community outside of Hungary (find out more about ReConnect Transylvania).

ReConnect Hungary helps young Hungarian-Americans/Canadians understand the meaning of their heritage and its importance to North America and the world. They gain a deeper understanding of their Hungarian heritage while enjoying a living culture: through the lens of young Hungarians, participants look to Hungary's future, while learning about the country's rich history, global contributions and accomplishments. With unmatched access to decision-makers and industry leaders, they will see first-hand the trends, innovations and ingenuity driving the country today.

Throughout the trip participants are able to expand their connection to the land and people of Hungary, deepen their personal commitment of their Hungarian heritage, and find 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.

The program gives you the tools to strengthen your dual identity and integrate into a larger Hungarian community. It consists of three phases: pre-trip preparation, a two-week birthright trip, and joining the ReConnected Participants community.

Once selected, participants are matched up with a Reconnected Participant mentor, meet other participants and ReConnected Participants in their town when possible, begin volunteering at a local or national Hungarian organization, and complete The Essentials of Hungary: A Primer and Introduction Online Course, which includes moderated chat sessions and a group project.

The birthright trip occurs mid-June to early July 2019, with the exact dates to be determined. Current year participants meet up in New York and depart the same evening to Budapest for an amazing adventure. You can also go on ReConnect Transylvania – an optional 7-day, paid excursion - immediately following the trip.

Upon returning home, your journey continues now as a ReConnected Participant. You continue your volunteer assignment, promote and support the Program with other members of your task force. You network socially and professionally, and participate in alumni activities such as the 5th anniversary trip in 2016. You are now a member of our community with all of its responsibilities and rewards!

The ReConnect Hungary Team, and the ReConnected Participant Outreach Coordinator specifically, provide the guidance and resources necessary to keep deepening your experience and knowledge of all things Hungarian, become more fully integrated into the Hungarian Diaspora and grow closer to your local and family traditions while linking into the global Hungarian community.

ReConnect Hungary - Hungarian Birthright Program is a public-private partnership supported by Hungarian American and Canadian organizations and the Government of Hungary.

 

ReConnect Hungary - Peer-Group Hungarian Heritage And Cultural Immersion, New York
George E. Pataki, former three-term governor (1994-2006) of the State of New York, is the patron of ReConnect Hungary.
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ReConnect Hungary - Hungarian Cultural, Educational, And Social Immersion Program, New York
Our Ambassador, Allison Pataki: We may be few, but we have every reason to be proud. ReConnect Hungary will be integral in fostering these journeys of rediscovering our roots...
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