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„Kőrösi Csomások” a nyugati szétszórtságban
Participants of the Kőrösi Csoma Program in Diaspora

Author(s): István Hegedűs
Subject(s): Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life, Societal Essay
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: Hungarian diaspora; Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program; community building

Summary/Abstract: The Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program, coordinated by the State Secretariat for Hungarian Communities Abroad, started in 2013. It aims to support and strengthen Hungarian communities living in diaspora. In 2014 the program was working with almost a 100 young people after the 47 in 2013. They got several tasks, for example to build new communities, organize groups around Hungarian facilities, to vitalize formal connections between Hungary and its diaspora. For these reasons, different applicants with different backgrounds were selected (folk-dancer, historian, HSL teacher, scout-master etc.). But first and foremost, the most important ability was the experience in community organization. The most difficult period came after the arrival to the designated communities. Finding the consistency between our expectations of the Hungarian organizations and our own skills, and finding the best areas to apply our own knowledge and former experiences to develop the organizations. Subsequently, we needed to evolve new working relationships. This paper describes the circumstances of the newly launched Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program of the State Secretariat for Hungarian Communities Abroad. Its second half presents the answers of 8 scholars, selected from the 100, from all over the world, to three plus one questions about their impressions and experiences.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 81-90
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Hungarian