Peace Corps service in Hungary
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Peace Corps Hungary

This website is dedicated to the volunteers who served in the United States Peace Corps program in Hungary.

I chose the word “langos”, pronounced ‘lan-gosh, for this site because of its simplicity and the memories it evokes from my time in the country. A langos is a flat, circular, fried piece of dough that can be topped with either cheese, sour cream, or garlic…or all three depending on your mood. It makes quite a treat on your way around the open-air markets, where you are guaranteed to find one.

The langos, although heavy not only in flavor but in fat as well, was one of the few “fast-food” snacks one could get in the early 90s, aside from one of the most elegant McDonald’s at the Nyugati train station in Budapest. But things were rapidly changing in the summer of 1991, and even before the fall of the wall in Berlin. Hungary was starting a transformation that picked up momentum in the course of my two year service. This was the setting of my experience, and that of my wife, who was also a volunteer.

This site is a bit slanted to my group that was called “Hungary 2” since we were the second wave of volunteers to land in-country. This is not intentional, but really a reflection of what material is available to me.

As always, I am happy to hear your ideas and how I can improve the site.


The Mission

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.

The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:

  1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.