ReConnect Hungary - Hungarian Birthright Trip
A cultural, educational and social immersion program for adults aged 18-28 of Hungarian heritage, born is the U.S. or Canada. Read More ...
ReConnect Hungary 29+
A special birthright trip for Hungarian-Americans and Canadians aged 29 and older. Read More ...
Visit Transylvania for a week right after the Hungarian birthright trip. Read More ...
Scholarship to Teach and Intern in Transylvania for a 3-6 month period. Read More ...
Scholarship to Teach and Intern in Transylvania for a 3-6 month period.
In 2018, we launched ReConnect Transylvania+ a natural extension of our Reconnect Hungary and ReConnect Transylvania birthright programs offered since 2012. This new program immerses young Americans and Canadian adults of Hungarian background in Transylvanian-Hungarian communities for a 3-6 month period.
The program empowers Scholarship recipients in three ways:
Teaching: you mentor high school or university students informally by tutoring them in English, and deepening their knowledge of American culture.
Interning: you gain invaluable, hands-on work experience by volunteering 25 hours a week at a nonprofit - each one with a different mission - and forming a network of professional contacts.
Connecting: you have the opportunity to learn upfront and personal how other young Hungarians live; make life-long friends; and enrich your Hungarian identity through cultural immersion that simply is not possible elsewhere.
What does the Scholarship provide?
The scholarship provides transatlantic, roundtrip airfare from the United States or Canada, room & board in the selected school’s facilities, and a stipend to cover local transportation costs in Transylvania. Your internship at the NGO is unpaid. Our local program coordinator, based in Kolozsvar (Cluj), provides guidance and assistance.
Duration of the Scholarship
The Program coordinates with the academic calendar in Transylvania. High School semesters are September 15 – February 1 and February 15 – June 15. The semesters in higher education institutions are October 1 – December 21 and February 1 – May 31. Recipients arrive a few days before the semester begins. There is flexibility for participants to stay on.
Where will you teach and intern?
The Program aims to match participants with educational institutions and volunteer organizations best suited to their talents and goals, the hosts’ needs, and the time period chosen. Kolozsvár/Cluj is the unofficial capital of Transylvania, a cultural and educational hub, with 350,000 residents. Marosvásárhely/Targu Mures is medium-sized; while the Székely towns of Sepsiszentgyörgy/Sfantu Gheorghe (54,000), Csíkszereda/ Miercurea Ciuc (42,000) and Székelyudvarhely/ Odorheiu Secuiesc (34,000) are smaller, rural cities.
Applying for the Scholarship
You can apply for the scholarship by submitting the following information in one Word document:
1. Your availability through December 31, 2019.
2. One-page motivational letter describing your (a) Hungarian background and involvement in local Hungarian organizations, if any, (b) how you think you will be able to best contribute, and (c) how this Program fits in with your personal and professional goals.
Sarah Agronow – 2019 Scholarship recipient
Sarah is a third generation Hungarian-American from the San Francisco Bay area. She has worked in film, animation and in public relations, and volunteered in conservation and adult literacy. She will teaching and mentoring at the Hungarian Reformed College in Kolozsvár beginning February 2019. Sarah’s future goals include urban planning.
Lianna Hedrick 2018 Scholarship Recipient
Lianna is a third generation Hungarian-American originally from Michigan. She will complete a degree in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University this year. She went on ReConnect Transylvania in July 2018 and afterwards began her internship at the Bonus Pastor Foundation’s farm outsideMarosvásárhely.
Since fall, Lianna has been teaching and mentoring at the Hungarian Reformed College in Kolozsvár. Lianna posts weekly vlogs about her journey. Follow on ReConnect Hungary’s Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
Our Partners in Transylvania
ReConnect Transylvania+ has partnered with the educational institutions of the Hungarian Reformed Church (Transylvanian District) and proven non-profits eager to offer maximum exposure for the recipients. Our list of partners is continually expanding and currently includes the Hungarian Reformed College, Sapientia - Hungarian University of Transylvania, Székely Mikó High School, Bonus Pastor Foundation (social services, rehabilitation), the LAM Foundation (business and financial services), summer agricultural work at a farm in Magyarózd, and Saint Francis orphanage in Csíkszereda.
ReConnect Transylvania+ is a program of the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation (HHRF), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York, and founded in 1976.