In six months, I'll be leaving my home for the past five years and moving to Budapest, Hungary. Ever since I first went to Hungary in the summer of 2015, I've had a hard time conveying to others the love that I have for this little Central European country. For a while, whenever I tried to tell people about my first summer spent in Hungary, I just couldn't get out a single coherent sentence. A year and a half later, I've now traveled to Hungary three times; twice to serve with the mission organization, Cru, and once for a vision trip to see what life will be like when I live there. These additional trips have helped me to expand on my answer for the question "Why Hungary?"
About a week into my second summer in Hungary, God placed the idea of teaching in Hungary on my heart. At first, I began considering teaching at the international Christian school in Budapest. Two of my American roommates grew up in Budapest and attended that school, so I was able to ask them lots of questions. Then, I started talking to my discipleship group leader and found out she previously taught in Hungarian high schools. I had no idea that Americans could teach in public Hungarian schools. She encouraged me to pray about the opportunity, so I left Hungary that summer praying about where God is leading me. Through her, I heard about the organization Teach Beyond, which is the organization I am now partnered with.
My time in Hungary has given me a deep love for Hungarian students. I appreciate how open they are, their general eagerness to learn, their love for wanting to make a change. I absolutely love Hungarian culture. My vision is to see Hungary transformed for Christ. I can play a part in this by ministering to students as an English teacher. I'm incredibly excited for this calling God has for me, and I can't wait to spend my days working with Hungarian students this fall.