Frequently Asked Questions
What is ARE?
The Aŭtuna Renkontiĝo de Esperanto is an annual Esperanto event that takes place in Silver Bay, New York. Esperantists from the northeastern United States and eastern Canada come together to speak Esperanto and enjoy Esperanto culture.
I’m a beginner. Will I be welcome?
Of course! Esperantists at any level are invited to participate and enjoy ARE. Speaking the language and listening to other speakers is important to gaining mastery of any language, and most Esperantists are patient and encouraging.
How much does it cost?
Registration for ARE costs $10 (USD) per person. However, this fee is waived if you register before August 31 or if you are a member of Esperanto-USA or the Canadian Esperanto Association. Reservations to stay overnight on the YMCA campus cost extra. Please review our Lodging page for available options and contact us with any questions you may have.
Can I give a presentation?
Certainly! Presentations at ARE are given by participants who enjoy sharing their passions and expertise with other Esperantists. Anyone who can speak Esperanto at least at a conversational level and feels comfortable presenting may give a presentation. There’s no deadline for proposing a talk, but please notify us as soon as possible so we can add you to the schedule.
Does the YMCA accommodate special dietary needs?
Participants staying in the Junulara Dometo (Oak Cottage) are responsible for their own meals. The dining hall in Boyd Center serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. You should discuss any concerns (i.e. nut allergies, gluten sensitivity, etc.) with a Silver Bay representative when you make your reservation so they can accommodate you as best they can.
Does the YMCA staff speak Esperanto (or French)?
Unfortunately, no. Staff at the Silver Bay YMCA only speak English. If you experience a problem and need help communicating, an event organizer will be more than happy to translate for you.