Activism for Esperanto
This page is designed for people who are or want to be active about spreading Esperanto in the United States.
- Volunteer opportunities
- Informational materials
- Jim Henry has written an excellent guide on hosting a convention: Kongreso Handbook
How to Find and Use a Local Esperanto Club
There are well over 50 local Esperanto Clubs in the United States. A completely list organized by state can be found at the ELNA website: Local Clubs. Local clubs allow the student of Esperanto to practice listening and speaking in friendly, realistic environments. In addition to being fun, one of the great benefits of a club for the beginner is the ability to learn for more experienced Esperanto speakers. Club activites range from lectures to formal study to informal chatting in both English and Esperanto. Esperanto speakers tend to be
highly educated and interesting people.
Tips on Starting an Esperanto Club
If your town doesn't have an Esperanto club that meets your needs, why not start your own? You don't need anyone's permission to start a club! Here are some tips for forming a club:
- Use this free website to create blog, static pages, or other content.
- Don't be surprised if local newspapers or local student papers want to write a story about you!
How to use and plan Esperanto Events
An Esperanto meeting is usually called "Congress" or, in Esperanto, a "Kongreso". Every day, Esperanto speakers meet one-on-one, in small local clubs, in regional and special-purpose events, in national conventions, and yearly at the Universala Kongreso which is a huge international convention. The national convention of the United States Esperanto speakers, hosted by ELNA, drew 95 participants from 7 countries in 2005. It is generally held in a different city every year.
These events are great experiences because they let you meet interesting people, let you hear different Esperanto speakers, and, if they are international, let you meet Esperanto speakers with whom you may not share a common language at all. (Typically, at a local club meeting in the United States, most people will speak English, but that is certainly not true at the Universala Kongreso!)
However, as E.F. Schumacher titled his book so long ago, "Small is Beautiful". Small events are much easier to organize than large ones. Why not consider hosting or attending a small "Kongreso" in your area, or around a specialty? The ELNA newsletter and website are the best places to learn of planned congresses of all sizes, and of course if you plan one yourself, please tell ELNA so that they can help you promote it.
The four most important things to remember in organizing a kongreso are:
- Have fun.