Applications for LE Hungary PY20 are now CLOSED!
Tentative Dates: June 15 - July 15
Orientation: June 15-19
Midpoint Break: July 4
Closing: July 11-15
- Location: The majority of volunteers will be placed in Zala Country near the border of Croatia and Slovenia.
- Language Requirement: None as orientation includes introductory Hungarian lessons.
- Living Conditions: Mostly rural, modern housing; access to most amenities.
- Settings: Rural villages throughout Zala County.
- Volunteers: 10 - 11
The program will kick off with a four-day orientation in Budapest, the largest city in Hungary. The orientation will expose volunteers to lively Eastern European culture, food, and people. These four days will be used to do training modules, including a basic introduction to the Hungarian language, lesson-planning workshops, and opportunities to get to know your fellow volunteers. The days will also include group activities all over Budapest, both to familiarize volunteers with the culture, and to simply enjoy their time in one of the most eclectic and beautiful cities in the world (think: Széchenyi baths, Margitsziget, or a sunset cruise on the Duna). Our country coordinators will also show us around, and run workshops of their own. We may even spend a day on Lake Balaton, on our way to the host villages. On Saturday, volunteers depart for their host villages.
After two wonderful weeks of successful teaching, volunteers will meet in Pustaederics, Hungary for the Mid-point Break. This gives volunteers an opportunity to swap lesson plans, discuss village and teaching experiences, work together to improve teaching strategies, and enjoy a well-deserved break together. Volunteers will then teach for one more fun-filled week. From there, volunteers will spend the closing ceremonies reflecting on their experiences in Vienna until the end of the program on June 29th, before heading home or continuing their travels.
THE IDEAL VOLUNTEER HAS:
- A passion for cultural exchanges, teaching English, and making lasting connections with host communities.
- A genuine desire to integrate into the culture, including a strong interest in meeting new people, learning new languages, and experiencing different cultures.
- A sense of independence and an ability to feel comfortable spending an extended period of time in a foreign country.
- An ability to be flexible, patient and creative - from situations with teaching children to using public transportation in country.
- An optimism about the experience, and a genuine excitement to be welcomed into the host community.
- Volunteers teach in schools or community centers near their host family.
- Classes may be separated by students' level of English - it is up to the teacher's discretion how to divide the class. Local coordinators will likely try to do this before you arrive.
- Volunteers will teach 3-6 hours a day.
- Students can range from 5 to 75 years! All are welcome to learn!
- Volunteers will be provided at least black or white board and chalk or markers, but other supplies may be limited. It is recommended to come prepared with various teaching supplies, as well as ideas for more interactive methods of learning.
- Often, the teachers themselves have difficulties teaching conversational English. Focusing less on grammar and more on conversational English is more beneficial, as it is a skill that cannot be learned in a textbook.
- The students are on summer break. Have fun with your lesson plan! Don't feel confined to the classroom!
THE HOST COMMUNITY
Most volunteers will be placed in Zala County in Western Hungary. While you may not be too far from your fellow volunteers, you may be limited in transportation or simply be too preoccupied with the activities in your own village to visit one another. Inside the village, you should be able to walk to where you teach. Some families also provide bicycles for an added convenience. Each volunteer will be placed with a host family. You will most likely have someone in your host family who speaks English. Host families may have moderate amenities, such as TV, landline phones and showers. Internet might not be available inside your home. You will most likely not have air-conditioning, but summers are fair and most houses are built to accommodate this. Our Hungarian host families are very hospitable. Host families treat volunteers as they do their own children, and are warm, welcoming, and protective. Get ready for lots of food and hospitality!
In your free time, you can walk through the region’s famous sunflower fields, go hiking with your host siblings, visit the strand (pool) with some teenagers in the village, and spend many long nights of laughter-filled conversation with friends and neighbors (a phrasebook is helpful). You will spend two full weekends in your village, and we encourage you to spend as much time as possible in your host village. You should spend at least one weekend with your host family; they will likely want to take you on a day trip to see the surrounding landmarks, see a festival, or experience local traditions. These can be some of the best and most unusual experiences during the program! The other weekend, you are free to travel, meet other volunteers in the larger cities, or remain in the village to explore more.
Some Awesome Things About Hungary!
- Hungarian people are extremely hospitable and kind to the teachers that they host, get ready to eat three course meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- The countryside is full of beautiful sunflower fields.
- Hungary has the biggest lake in Europe, Lake Balaton.
- Famous for their thermal spa baths!
- Hungary is smack dab in the middle of all other Eastern European countries.
MEET YOUR PROGRAM DIRECTOR, RIANNA!
Rianna Basurto is finishing up her last year at California State University, Chico. She is majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing, along with a minor in International Business. Volunteering with Learning Enterprises in Hungary last year only furthered her passion for service, education, and cross-cultural exchange. The relationships she built with her students, host families, community, as well as volunteers was one of the most incredible things she’s experienced. Since she left Hungary she was looking forward to applying to be the program director and is thrilled to help other volunteers through the process of immersing themselves into the Hungarian culture, language, and lifestyle. Aside from LE, in her alone time she enjoys reading, drawing, and writing poetry. Most importantly she loves hanging out with friends, traveling, and photography. Rianna is looking forward to meeting the Hungary PY 2020 volunteers, and making this a positive worldly experience to last them a lifetime.
Interested applicants can contact Rianna at firstname.lastname@example.org.