Hungary is a land-locked country in Central Europe with one fifth of its population of ten million people living in the capital city, Budapest. Few European cities can rival Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river. Its two sides, Buda and Pest, retain their own distinct identities, the former run through with ancient history, the latter noisier, earthier and more cosmopolitan. In Buda you’ll find royal palaces, Ottoman-era spas, and wooded hills, while over in Pest you can pore over a clutch of fine museums, fantastic art nouveau buildings, and a resurgent Jewish quarter. At any time of year, Budapest has myriad charms, but nothing beats gazing out across the broad sweep of the Danube from the Castle District on a sultry summer’s evening. It is at this time, too, that open-air bars and pavement cafes do roaring trade, and restaurants go alfresco – indeed, Budapest’s gastronomic renaissance is one of the most exciting developments to hit the city in recent times. Throw in a flourish of new designer hotels, fabulous food markets and venerable coffee houses, and it adds up to one of the continent’s most enticing city breaks. The climate of Hungary can be described as a typical European continental climate with warm, dry summers and fairly cold winters. Budapest has a well-developed transportation system with metro, bus and trolley lines covering the entire city.
Host Institution: Mozgasjavito High School and Methodology Center
The Mozgasjavito is a special school for children with physical disabilities in the northern part of Budapest. Founded in 1903, it offers education and therapy for more than two hundred students aged 5 to 18. The school aims at providing equal opportunity for the disabled students for integration in the country’s educational system and to prepare them for an independent and successful life.
- The Fellow will work with underprivileged and/or marginalized youth populations (and teachers of these populations) at Mozgasjavito, and during his/her outreach to American Corners, and through additional partner organizations in Hungary and the region, including teachers’ associations such as IATEFL Hungary.
- The Fellow will serve as a mentor, instructor, and resource for the Mozgasjavito’s EFL teachers, who desire further professional development in the latest TEFL methodology to improve their teaching skills and in turn, to advance the students’ English language proficiency
- The Fellow will conduct conversation classes with senior high school students to develop their oral skills, including public presentation skills and exam preparation, in order to better prepare them for university and for securing employment, and to raise their self-confidence overall, while learning about American culture and civilization.
- The Fellow will serve as an occasional lecturer and peer-consultant at the Special Education College of Eotvos University in Budapest, an important pre-service training institution in Hungary for future teachers and teachers of students with special needs.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Work with the network of five American Corners (AC) across Hungary to host regular English conversation classes and administer massive open online courses (MOOCs) to improve English skills in underserved communities
- Lead discussions, conduct teacher training workshops, and mentor MOOC students, as well as build capacity for sustainable local efforts in these areas
- Continue the efforts of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) (departing summer 2018) at Gandhi High School, with the first Romani high school in Hungary, at a higher level of cooperation (i.e. including peer-to-peer teacher development)
- Work with the Regional English Language Office (RELO) Belgrade for several programs/conferences in the region