Introduction to the Congress of
Esperanto-USA Every year,
Esperanto-USA holds a congress in a city in the USA (or in nearby
Canada or Mexico). This is a great opportunity to practice your
Esperanto in a group setting. Don’t worry about making mistakes
when you speak Esperanto – almost everyone you talk to will be
helpful and supportive.
Getting to the Congress The
congress runs for approximately three days. Most of the attendees
arrive at the nearby airport, make their way to the congress hall,
and check in to their room during the day on Friday. The information
provided with the sign-up form includes details about getting from
the airport to the congress hall. When you arrive, use Esperanto
where you can, but don’t worry about it if you have to use English
to check in.
Sharing a Room You
will usually have the option of staying in a private room or sharing
a room with another attendee. Many esperantists like to share a room
to keep the cost of lodging as low as possible. Others elect to share
a room and don’t specify a roommate – you can meet interesting
people that way.
Interkona Vespero Friday
evening the group gets together for a getting-to-know-you evening
(Interkona Vespero). It may be that you do not know any of the other
Esperantists that are there. In that case, introduce yourself to
people who look friendly. Be prepared to answer the following
is your name (your Esperanto name if you have chosen one)?
do you live (the nearest big city)?
and where did you learn about Esperanto?
Meals at the Congress Mealtimes
during the congress provide great opportunities to practice your
Esperanto. Try to sit with a group that is speaking Esperanto. You
won’t have to say much – just listen.
Congress Program You
will receive a program for the congress (Saturday, Sunday, and
Monday). Many of the items in the program start out as presentations,
but soon become general discussions. Even if you are just learning
the language, you can participate by asking questions.
Post-Congress Excursion The
congress is over at noon on Monday, and many participants leave early
Monday to fly home. However, there is usually an excursion scheduled
for Monday afternoon, for those participants who can stay until
Monday night or Tuesday.
banquet is usually held on Sunday night, and gives everyone a chance
to eat together and enjoy the sense of community that is provided by
a shared meal.
Business Meetings The
Board of Directors of Esperanto-USA meets all day Friday, so the
Board members fly in on Thursday. Anyone can attend the Board
meetings (but must be recognized in order to speak), so if you want
to see Esperanto used for doing the business of the organization, you
are welcome to attend.
there are two business meetings scheduled during the Congress. All
members are welcome to discuss and vote on the budget for next year
and any changes proposed by the Board.