Dramatic view of the Danube River during our excursion
Greetings from Budapest!
We send you warm greetings from Budapest, where finally spring is on its way. Budapest is at its best when all the trees are in full bloom, flowers are everywhere, and temperatures are warm. Midterm exams are behind us, and so is half of the semester!
Internship and volunteer work
Students in Budapest are encouraged to spend some of their free time in an internship for credit, or not-for-credit. We consider an internship as major vehicle increase student integration into host culture and to positively impact our local environment. This semester more than two-thirds of the students are engaged in internships! Here are some highlights.
Alexandra, Rachel, Rio, Alex, Natalie and Dylan are assisting English teachers in two local high schools in language classes, where Hungarian students welcome the opportunity to work with native speakers.
The Education Department of the Ministry of Human Capacities is hosting two of our interns. Katie and Emma are engaged there and their tasks include research and editing English-language documents. They are also gaining insight into the daily work of a major government office.
Several students are interning at the Eötvös József College for Advanced Studies. Abigail, Zazu, Kate and Corinne are enjoying tutoring university students and making new friends there.
Emily goes to a shelter once or twice a week to help prepare and distribute food for those women who come in for the night.
Alice and Caroline are interning at Secret Sauce Partners, a start-up company and their tasks involve product management, product marketing, sales support, and market research.
Bryanne is interning at the Hungarian National Gallery where is leading guiding tours of the permanent and temporary exhibitions, and working on translations of the English website.
Jake and Josh are completing an internship for credit at Traction Tribe, which is a tech, dot-com, and healthcare startup traction composer company. Tom is also a for-credit intern in the Ministry of National Economy, while Rowan is interning at Skool, an independent nonprofit organization focused on empowering young women to pursue careers in technology and engineering.
Read more here about Skool: https://alumni-news.ciee.org/2014/12/szilvikoleszar.html
Shelby is helping in the the American Corner. The AC is an US information center where Shelby has administrative duties. She helps with program planning and delivers presentations about the US and American culture. Here you can read about her latest American Corner event:
„Getting bored? Get on board! Come join us for a BOARD GAME SESSION once a month. We will play fun board games while developing your English skills and enhanching your vocabulary. Each session will feature a new board game such as Matter of Fact Trivia Challenge, Scrabble or You`ve Been Sentenced - board a game that has received 20 national awards in the United States. Are you bored? We have the solution for you ”
Shelby at the American Corner at the Board Game Session
CIEE Alumni – Sophia’s return to Budapest
Sophia participated in the CIEE Budapest program in fall 2013 - and all of a sudden she appeared in the CIEE office last week making a huge surprise! She actually convinced her college that there is no better place to train than Budapest. She organized the entire trip for 50 members - men and women – of the rugby team of Vassar College. We organized a special Hungarian culture class for the team and they enjoyed learning more about the Hungarian language and culture.
Please read Sophia’s thoughts on her return:
„When I lived in Budapest in Fall 2013, I played for the Budapest Ladies Exiles RFC. Ever since coming back to the States, I have dreamed of being able to bring my two teams together. In August, I started planning Rugby Tour to Budapest, and a week ago my dream came true. This tour has been an incredible week, and I am so grateful to be part of not one but two amazing teams.
Budapest, I'll be back within in the next two years. Count on it.” /Sophia Fall 2013 CIEE Alumni/
Vassar Women actually won in Budapest, please read more here:
Vassar College’s rugby team in Budapest
We took our students to enjoy a special dance performance in the Palace of Arts in Budapest.
It was the “Song of the Stag”, a dance performance by the Hungarian National Folk Dance Ensemble. It is a modern interpretation of using folk music and dance elements. This is what a student’s impression was after the event:
„I loved how the traditional costumes and movements were put alongside music with seemingly modern rhythms and a modern set. The dancers managed to convey a lot of emotion while remaining technically amazing. I was very impressed!” /Abigail, Spring 2015/
Palace of Arts in Budapest
Rio, Bryanne, Emily, Rachel, Dylan, Zsófi and Abigail are excited to see Song of the Stag dance performance
Danube Bend Excursion
On our very first group excursion we visited two beautiful and historically significant cities, Esztergom and Visegrád. First, we travelled to Esztergom, which is the birthplace of Hungary’s first king, St. Stephen and a former medieval capital of Hungary, and also the seat of the Hungarian Catholic Church. Esztergom basilica the country’s first, Europe's third largest church, and the 18th biggest church in the world. The altarpiece is the largest painting in the world painted on a single piece of canvas, depicting the Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Michelangelo Grigoletti.
The historical town, Visegrád is located in the Danube bend region. The city has always had an important strategic role in the Hungarian history. It used to be Hungary’s capital and an important diplomatic center: The first royal summit of the central European countries was held here in the 14th century, and a new Visegrád Treaty was signed here again in 1990.
On our way to the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary’s largest church
Spring 2015 Students enjoying the view on top of the Fortress in Visegrád (Fellegvár)
Abigail on top of the Fortress in Visegrád with the Danube Bend in the background
Elizabeth Simon, Resident Director
Judit Fekete, Resident Coordinator