Upon the request of the Hungarian Diaspora Council, in 2020 the Rákóczi Association is providing the opportunity to 1000 young Hungarians between the ages of 18 and 29 living in the diaspora to participate in a study tour to Hungary within the framework of the DIASPORA PROGRAMME, supported by the Government of Hungary.

1. Programme objectives:

· To facilitate through interpersonal relations the awareness of belonging to one another, to the motherland and to the Hungarian youth of the Carpathian Basin among young Hungarians of the diaspora;

· To develop the awareness of being Hungarian in the youth of the diaspora and their knowledge of the Hungarian language with input from experts in Hungary;

· To enhance the efficiency of high-quality information transfer ongoing in the diaspora, targeting the feeling of national belonging. Furthermore, wide-scale experience acquisition in the native environment, as well as the improvement of intellectual, cultural and methodological knowledge to serve the above goals;

· To provide professional support and inspiration for those living in the diaspora in connecting to Hungarian organizations and for active community involvement outside the motherland;

· To reinforce the relations of Hungarians in the diaspora with the motherland by establishing a novel relation network and to activate cooperation between regions across the border, sporadic and diaspora regions and extend it on a broader scale, at an all-Hungarian level.

2. Programme content:

The Diaspora Programme contains several programme periods between January and December 2020, including thematic study tours and summer camps that applicants can freely choose from. The chosen programme covers a contiguous period of 8-10 days.

2.1. Planned programme periods:

Name of Programme

Period

Pentecost

27 May – 5 June 2020

All-Hungarian High School Students’ Camp

6 – 12 July 2020

All-Hungarian Senior Graders’ Camp (primary school)

13 – 19 July 2020

All-Hungarian Mother Tongue Camp

20 – 26 July 2020

All-Hungarian Teachers’ Camp

27 July – 2 August 2020

All-Hungarian High School Students’ Camp

3 – 9 August 2020

All-Hungarian Mother Tongue Camp

10 – 16 August 2020

All-Hungarian University Students’ Camp

17 – 21 August 2020

International Eucharistic Congress

12 - 20 September 2020

Advent

12 – 20 December 2020

 

2.2. Planned programme themes:

All programme periods include visits to Budapest, a region in rural Hungary as well as a Hungarian-populated region across the border.

Programmes in Budapest:

- Getting to know Budapest: landmarks, attractions, museums

- Experiencing Budapest

- Activities in the vicinity of Budapest

- Acclimatization, getting to know one another, community building

- Activities in the mother tongue, development of basic Hungarian

- Learning folk dances, traditional dance club

Programmes in rural Hungary and across the border:

- Excursions

- Experience activities (e. g. harvest, wine tasting, pig slaughter, etc.)

- Learning folk dances, traditional dance club

- Visits to spas

 

3. Range of applicants:

· Hungarian youth living in the diaspora

Applicants to the Programme may include Hungarian youth between the ages of 10 and 29 living in the diaspora who have actively participated (for at least 1 year) in the work of week-end schools, cultural associations or religious communities operating in the local Hungarian community. This is to be confirmed by the local Hungarian organization.

Within the framework of the Programme each participant may visit Hungary on one occasion for a programme period chosen at leisure between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

Underage participants (below the age of 18) may participate only if arriving in a group (of at least 5 persons) and accompanied by an adult. The application of underage participants requires parental approval in all cases.

· Accompanying persons

Those who wish to apply as “accompanying persons” are required to be at least 25 years old and active in the community (teachers, folk dance instructors, community leaders, etc.), with knowledge of Hungarian at conversational level. One accompanying person may apply to travel with five minors, having uploaded a letter of motivation to the online application surface.

 

3.1. Guideline quotas according to regions:

· North America: 350 participants

· Western Europe: 300 participants

· South America: 200 participants

· Australia and New Zealand: 90 participants

· Israel: 50 participants

· South Africa: 10 participants

 

4. Programme financing:

For successful applicants, the Rákóczi Association will cover the costs of accommodation, catering, accident insurance, all travel expenses within Hungary and all expenditure implied by workshops, events and admission fees related to the Programme throughout the programme period.

Following the acceptance of the application, participants must pay a registration fee of HUF 30 000 through the website www.rakocziszovetseg.hu to confirm their participation. The registration fee will be refunded to participants after the trip.

Rákóczi Association contributes to the travel expenses of young people and accompanying participants to and from Hungarian according to the following (refunds will be made following the trip by bank transfer):

· North America: HUF 100 000

· Western Europe and Israel: HUF 20 000

· South America: HUF 300 000

· Australia and New Zealand: HUF 150 000

Travel from the country of origin to Hungary and back, as well as passenger insurance, is to be arranged by participants and accompanying persons individually.

 

5. Submission and assessment of applications

The period of application for the programme is between 4 December 2019 and 31 March 2020.

 

Application

https://www.rakocziszovetseg.org/diaszpora/english/application

 

Applications will be assessed by Rákóczi Association in close cooperation with representatives of Hungarian diaspora organizations. Decisions will be made within 15 days after the application deadline based on meeting the various conditions, quotas, as well as the order of receiving applications. All applicants will be informed via e-mail of the decision.

 

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