Scholarship to Teach and Intern

ReConnect Transylvania+

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.

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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.

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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.

In addition, please provide a resume which contains your contact information, educational background and work experience, and a passport-sized photo. Send your email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: Application for ReConnect Transylvania+ scholarship. You do not need to have any Hungarian-language ability for this program but we encourage you, if selected, to take Hungarian or Romanian language classes before departure, if possible.

Sarah Agronow – 2019 Scholarship recipient

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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

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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.

 
Yes, there really is a Transylvania
 
A part of the Kingdom of Hungary for 1,000 years, the 94K square mile region was seded to Romania after WWI. Thus the turbulent history of the largest ethnic Hungarian minority living outside the borders of present-day Hungary began. Sadly, the legacy includes the communist regime’s systematic campaign, lasting decades, to forcibly assimilate the 1.5 million-strong community.
Despite facing many obstacles since the 1989 fall of communism, the Hungarian community is vibrant and thriving; a significant cultural, economic and political force in Romania, reaching new heights in their centuries-old traditions of excellence. Yes, ”Count Dracula,” Béla Lugosi, hailed from a  Hungarian village called Lugos. But Transylvania is so much more. A place of immense, natural beauty, living folk culture and traditions not found elsewhere in Europe, and a true multi-ethnic region. Transylvania’s rich and proud heritage includes being the first place in history to declare religious tolerance in 1568.
 
Support this amazing opportunity
 
The scholarship is funded entirely through donations and the in-kind contribution of our partner in Transylvania. The six-month cost for one recipient is $6,000. 
Contributions by check, credit card or Paypal are gratefully accepted and tax-deductible. To make your online gift please visit https://reconnecthungary.org/donate and indicate ReConnect Transylvania+ in the comment field.
 

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.