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Yes, there is really 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.
We offer 2 programs to explore this wonderful region: ReConnect Transyvania and ReConnect Transylvania+.
Our new program, ReConnect Transylvania+ immerses young Americans and Canadian adults of Hungarian background in Transylvanian-Hungarian communities for a 3-6 month period. The second ReConnect Transylvania+ recipient, Sarah Agronow is a third generation Hungarian-American from the San Francisco Bay area. She has been teaching and mentoring at the Hungarian Reformed College in Kolozsvár since February 2019. She has worked in film, animation and in public relations, and volunteered in conservation and adult literacy. You can follow Sarah's journey in Transylvania on her youtube channel. Recently, she visited the Botanical Garden in Kolozsvar/Cluj:
 You can always contact us if you are interested in any of our programs.

Lucy Kosty, RH'21

My whole life I felt like we were missing pieces to our Hungarian heritage. The only things passed down through the generations were the food and some family stories. After this trip, I feel like I got to fill in those gaps. I have a better sense of what it means to be Hungarian-American and I feel a stronger connection to my great grandfather.

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Madison Jones, RH'19

I got a more thorough experience of Hungarian culture than if I would have traveled by myself...

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Mark Czeisler, RH'18

ReConnect Hungary is an exceptional opportunity to discover aspects of your past...

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