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.

Green Passport Goes Around The World Credit: WeChoice Awards 2017

Green Passport Goes Around The World
Credit: WeChoice Awards 2017

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.

Phạm Anh Đức, Hồ Thu Hương, Nguyễn Phan Linh - Founders of HCX  Credit: tuoitre.vn

Phạm Anh Đức, Hồ Thu Hương, Nguyễn Phan Linh – Founders of HCX
Credit: tuoitre.vn

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:

Dr. Nguyễn Phương Mai - Associate Professor at Amsterdam University of Applied Science, bestseller author Credit: Facebook "Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới"

Dr. Nguyễn Phương Mai – Associate Professor at Amsterdam University of Applied Science, bestseller author
Credit: Facebook “Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới”

Dr. Jenny Tuệ Anh Nguyễn - visiting postdoctoral fellow at Centre for International Development, Harvard University. Credit: Facebook "Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới"

Dr. Jenny Tuệ Anh Nguyễn – visiting postdoctoral fellow at Centre for International Development, Harvard University.
Credit: Facebook “Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới”

Mr. Preetam Rai - TEDx speaker, educator, entrepreneur and media socialist  Credit: Facebook "Ho chieu xanh di quanh the gioi"

Mr. Preetam Rai – TEDx speaker, educator, entrepreneur and media socialist
Credit: Facebook “Ho chieu xanh di quanh the gioi”

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.

"Hành trình trở thành công dân toàn cầu" was published in 2016. Credit: Alpha Books

“Hành trình trở thành công dân toàn cầu” was published in 2016.
Credit: Alpha Books

"Hành trình ra biến lớn" was published in 2018. Credit: Facebook "Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới"

“Hành trình ra biến lớn” was published in 2018.
Credit: Facebook “Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới”

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. 

"Chìa khóa để trở thành người đa ngôn ngữ" was published in 2018. Credit: Fahasa

“Chìa khóa để trở thành người đa ngôn ngữ” was published in 2018.
Credit: Fahasa

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.

Credit: Facebook "Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới"

Credit: Facebook “Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới”

Credit: Facebook "Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới"

Credit: Facebook “Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới”

Credit: Facebook "Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới"

Credit: Facebook “Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới”

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.

Credit: Facebook "Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới"

Credit: Facebook “Hộ chiếu xanh đi quanh thế giới”

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.

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