Building and Enjoying an Esperanto Community – with Special Guest Chuck Smith!

Join Esperanto-USA and the Canadian Esperanto Association this summer as we celebrate the international language together. This is a special national congress, or landa kongreso, for Esperanto learners and speakers from all over the United States and Canada. We’ll be meeting at Seattle Pacific University in sunny Seattle, Washington, USA, from the evening of Friday, July 13, until midday Monday, July 16.

We’re excited to announce that Chuck Smith will be giving a keynote speech about the congress theme, “Building and Enjoying an Esperanto Community.” As the co-creator of Duolingo’s Esperanto course and the app Amikumu, Chuck is one of the best-known figures in the world of Esperanto today. In these and other endeavors, he’s embodied the spirit of the international language by using it to bring people together. Learn more about Chuck and other guests we’ll announce soon.

We’re also pleased to announce that Federico Gobbo, professor of interlinguistics and Esperantology, will be joining us as our featured banquet speaker and will also talk about his expertise in his fields.

Newcomers should read about what happens at an Esperanto congress to get a better idea of what to expect. The schedule includes both lectures and hands-on activities.

Save the Date for More Events!

July 16-19: We’ll have a post-congress camping trip in Mount Rainier National Park. Registration is now open; see the page for more details.

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Esperanto has enjoyed new popularity recently, but if you haven’t heard of it, you’re not alone. Learn more about Esperanto here.


You can register on-site, either by bringing a printed registration form or filling one out there. To get a discounted rate, join E-USA or KEA. If you have difficulty affording the registration fee, you can request a stipend.