Washington, D.C. – The Hungarian American Coalition, together with the U.S. Embassy in Budapest and the U.S. Department of State, will sponsor a Public Policy Seminar and Training Program for the second time, from July 3 through July 23. In this year’s program, ten Hungarian mayors, representing all major political parties, will visit Cleveland and Washington, D.C. to participate in a specially designed intensive English language program and an extensive briefing program sponsored by the Voluntary Visitors program of the Department of State.
The Seminar’s purpose is to familiarize the city and local leaders – many of whom have had very little exposure to the United States – with public policy issues in the American context, build relationships within the U.S. government in their respective fields of expertise, and take part in intensive English-language training.
The Seminar will achieve these goals via three types of activities:
- Official briefings at government and non-governmental agencies
- Intensive English language classes specially designed for participants’ level of knowledge
- Home stays with American families
The Coalition will provide housing for the participants at the homes of American families in the Cleveland area giving them further opportunity to practice their English. In addition, the Coalition will organize evening and weekend activities for the mayors in Cleveland and in Washington, D.C.
Briefings with the U.S. Departments are being planned around the mayors’ areas of interest. In addition, there will be meetings with non-governmental institutions, university centers, and associations which deal with local governance issues.
The program will include cultural and evening events where the mayors will be able to meet leaders of the Hungarian American community.