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.

Newcomers should read about what happens at an Esperanto congress to get a better idea of what to expect. The tentative schedule, which we’ll refine over the coming months, contains sessions for beginners and advanced speakers, and includes both lectures and hands-on activities. We’re still actively seeking speakers, musicians, activity leaders, and other volunteers, so please take a look at the volunteer page if you are interested.

Save the Date for More Events!

July 3-12: If you want to improve your Esperanto knowledge before the congress, consider attending the North American Summer Institute (NASK) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

July 16-19: There will be a post-congress camping trip in Mount Rainier National Park near Seattle. More details to come.


Registration is handled as usual by Esperanto-USA via the National Congress Registration page in their online store, so please head there when you’re ready and lock in your early-bird signup rate before April 1.

If you have difficulty affording the registration fee, you can request a stipend.

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We’ll be adding more information to this site as the congress draws near. To be informed of updates, join the Facebook event, or follow Esperanto-USA on Facebook or Twitter.


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