When the geographical borders are getting blurred and intercommunication across cultures is easier than ever before, young people are doing their best to become global citizens. In Vietnam, more and more young people are now preparing themselves to be a citizen in such globalized era, yet they still encounter numerous obstacles. Established in 2015, “Green Passport Goes Around The World” community (English for “Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới”, abbreviation for HCX) is on their track of fulfilling their mission: to promote global citizenship to Vietnamese young people.
Started with 3 Vietnamese youngsters living in Czech Republic: Duc, Huong and Linh, HCX has now expanded into a large community throughout Vietnam. Apart from core team members who share the same viewpoint on global citizenship, there are hundred thousands supporters who understand, cherish and help spread the values of HCX.
HCX focuses on sharing international opportunities with Vietnamese young generation, including internships, scholarships, volunteer projects, conferences, etc. Besides, they hold numerous off-line events such as coffee talks, workshops, cultural exchange events where people can meet celebrities and immerse in a multicultural environment. HCX has brought young people closer to inspirational speakers in these events and has drawn special attention. Here are some of famous names who has shared their inspiring stories in HCX’s events:
Moreover, HCX has published three books on essential skills of a global citizen. In these books, readers can find useful tips on how to seek opportunities to go abroad, how to prepare to immerse in a new culture, how to learn languages effectively.
In these two books, the authors share their experiences in becoming global citizens and share their useful tips. In the green book, the founders navigate a general path including 12 steps to be global citizens, while in the blue book, the authors go into detail on more specific skills: scholarships application, overcoming culture shock or even staying healthy when living abroad. The blue book also gathers stories from 40 Vietnamese global citizens and is written in three languages. The books provide not only tips and skills but also inspiration.
In this book, one of the founders, Hồ Thu Hương, shares key tips to become a multi-linguist. She has traveled 27 countries and can speak English, Spanish, French and Czech.
All of the HCX’s members are working hard with a strong belief: Vietnamese people are just as talented, innovative and courageous as people from anywhere else in the world. Day by day, they are doing their best to let international friends and most important, Vietnamese young people, know how far this Vietnamese generation can go in this big world.
In Vietnam, there are thousands of youth-led organizations and communities, however, a huge part of them discharge after a while. HCX is trying their best to grow, to sustain and to inspire more and more young Vietnamese people to discover the big world outside. HCX has appeared in major media channels in Vietnam, such as Tuổi Trẻ, Hoa Học Trò, VTC, VTV, etc. They have and are currently in progress to enhance their postive influence among young Vietnamese generation.
With their continuous effort in promoting global citizenship, in 2017, HCX was nominated as Groups of Influence at WeChoice Awards – an award to individuals and groups who have had positive influence and inspiration. You can find their nomination here.
No matter how difficult their journey is, HCX is still giving their best. Above all, they have inspired young Vietnamese people to believe in their own potential and encourage them to seek greater opportunities. They themselves prove that Vietnamese people are more ready than ever before to conquer the world. Hopefully, HCX will prosper and gain more support from international friends, especially ASEAN friends, so that more and more young people will be inspired to step out of their comfort zone.