David AhDoot – KAPTÁR faces

David AhDoot – KAPTÁR faces

I’m a software developer from Los Angeles, California, though I’ve been a digital nomad for 18 months now. After spectacularly failing to learn Spanish during my 8 months in South America, I’m now failing to learn all of the European languages I’m encountering at a world-class pace.   What is your most important life lesson, since you became a nomad? Say yes to (almost) everything! What is the best part of your job? I’m a software developer and the thing that most people don’t realize about software development is that it can be quite artistic. Not in the traditional sense of the word, but in that there is a lot of creativity and elegance involved in writing good code. Despite not having a traditional “artistic” stretch of DNA in my cells, this brings me satisfaction almost every day. What were your funniest/best KAPTÁR moments? When Matild thought my name was Diarrhio...
KAPTÁR Success Stories – Kray Zsuzsa

KAPTÁR Success Stories – Kray Zsuzsa

Hi Zsuzsa, thanks for the interview! Could you please introduce yourself? What should we know about you? Thank you Bálint! I studied environment research and have worked in this branch ever since, which I’m pretty proud of. On the other hand it also starts to feel natural for me, even though it is not all around the world. From this perspective I consider myself lucky. The opportunities keep coming and there is a nice work-flow in my life. Since I left University, my work has been about sustainability, raising awareness and communication. The best example for this is developing a curriculum. This sounds exciting, tell us more about it… I just did some summer camp programs for the Education Agency. These are programs of some days, for 1.-11. classes, full of activities around sustainability. Just to mention the most popular ones: ethical consumption, global outlook, eco footprint, recycling and the waste pyramid. But you know, the best waste is the one that doesn’t even arise. We’ve been hearing all over again for a while that the earth will run out of resources and that there is no way back from that. But still, I don’t really see that anything happens… Everyone knows about it, but hardly anyone notes it. By being one of the few, doesn’t it sometimes feel like fighting windmills? Yes sometimes. But I can’t do anything about it. It’s like there are different forces that pull the same thing, just from different sides. Sometimes the other side is pulling to strongly. But what can I do? I get up the next day and pull even stronger...
KAPTÁR faces – Effe Thompson

KAPTÁR faces – Effe Thompson

Meet our new team member Effe Thompson from Ghana. Since July, he is the host of KAPTÁR Happening and its events. He’s currently studying marketing and has serious plans for the future. My name is Effe Thompson. I am a student at the Budapest Business School.I moved to Hungary last September.I live for Music and all other forms of arts really, being significantly better at the former than later…I like to meet new people I think it’s a rather cooler way of being exposed to cultures and gaining general knowledge since I don’t like to read much :)I am currently trying to pursue a dream of being a sexual harassment/Assault advocate: an NGO or foundation of some sort…I’m excited to work here and experience the diversity of humanity:) 🔸 What was your first impression when you entered KAPTAR? Beautiful and unique.Had never entered an “office” like that :) 🔸 How would you describe KAPTAR in 3 words? Peaceful, bright, resourceful. 🔸 When you heard the word ‘kaptar‘ what did you think it meant? Capital??? like it’s in the Capital ??? 🔸 Which music is that makes you think about KAPTAR (or what describes the best the ‘KAPTAR feeling’)? Sia-Flames…I think in my first week here I was getting a glass of water one time and it was playing subtly in the background and I literally said to myself “this place is lit” because Sia is one of my favourites. Anytime I hear it now I remember Kaptar. 🔸 What is your funniest memory in Budapest so far? More like most exciting well I haven’t done so much but going up the Citadella at night...
Exhibiton opening / Anniversary parties

Exhibiton opening / Anniversary parties

At KAPTÁR, we’re always game for a party. So when Jesper Kunuk Egede started a new exhibition, we thought we should have an opening party. In the end, it turned into a threefold celebration, as we had the opening party, a birthday party, and several anniversary parties! Budapest through a phone Jesper’s exhibition is called “Budapest through a phone” as all the pictures are snapshots taken with his cell phone. The pictures are from 2014 until now. “As with my pictures of Greenland last year, I don’t think of this as art, but as documentation of things I’ve met along the way. Budapest has everything and more, so my phone has become my closest ally in documenting my walks through the town. It’s so convenient to have it at hand, everytime something beautiful or funny comes up. I have also taken some quite disgusting pictures, but I didn’t think this was the forum for those,” he laughs. The pictures are 15 full frame shots, hung all over the office, and then there are 80 Instagram-style photos on two posters. See how many KAPTÁR members you can spot on those pictures! A birthday party Our dear Matild from KAPTÁR was also celebrating that night. It was her birthday a few days before, so what better opportunity than to have a few extra glasses of fröccs because of that. But Matild being who Matild is, she turned her focus on the third agenda of the night: Celebrating anniversaries Many member of KAPTÁR has been part of the community for several years by now and we thought it’s time to have a...
The first real home of Amigos for Children

The first real home of Amigos for Children

AMIGOS FOR CHILDREN (AMIGOS A GYEREKEKÉRT) is a charity organization of students. Their goal is to make the days of seriously ill children better with the useful tool of language learning. But also handcrafting, games and creating friendships are part of their everyday life. Sára Fábián made her dream a reality in 2014 – and the first Amigos were born. As the years went by, the team became bigger and bigger. They managed to improve the daily lives of the little patients at 5 hospitals in Budapest, and they felt the need to have a special place they would call their own. So they found KAPTÁR, where they turned into a team of 80 people over the past year. They also started to get active in the countryside, in Szeged as well. Now, after a seemingly short but eventful year, it is time to say goodbye though. Amigos got the opportunity to join the office of a foundation, where they will get support on every level, together with several similar organizations. Regarding this, I had a conversation with Sára, the founder of Amigos, about their KAPTÁR times. I asked Sára, what she thinks is important when you start such an organization. For her the real value is in the people, that’s the first thing when making decisions. When open-minded people, who are driven by a common goal, find each other, then a good community evolves easily. She tells me about their goals, which is to fit into a new community as a team in the next months and to find harmony. In the next years, they want to be...