Meet our Big Chums

Big brothers and sisters that offer their time, knowledge and dedication to the children at CHUM. 

  • Vo Nhat Huy

    Big Chum

    Huy decided to become a Big Chum because he is really interested in the field of development of children and...
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    Vo Nhat Huy

    Big Chum

    Huy decided to become a Big Chum because he is really interested in the field of development of children and adolescents. He also have had experience doing research on children and teaching life skills since he was a student. However, this year, Huy did not make time for it because he was busy at work and also because he could not find a suitable organisation to continue to make a contribution. He does really miss it!


    The second reason is to have the opportunity to enrich his experience and skills in working with children. He found that CHUM had very good activities as well as a team of professional work, which make him confident that he can both apply the knowledge he has learned and get more experience from other colleagues.


    Finally, Huy thinks he should live and share the good values. Being a mentor for this project is an opportunity to spread his kindness to the younger.

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  • Vo Ngoc Hau

    Big Chum

    I decided to become a Big Chum because I see that CHUM is different from other organizations that work with children,...
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    Vo Ngoc Hau

    Big Chum

    I decided to become a Big Chum because I see that CHUM is different from other organizations that work with children, particularly in the idea that a Big Chum will work with a disadvantaged kid for an extended period of time. This point attracts me because I see that many young people are still struggling on the path of their own development as they lack guidance from experienced people.

    I used to be a tutor but it is totally different from being a mentor. As a tutor, I put myself in a higher position and mainly taught knowledge for the kids. Being a mentor, I have to put myself on their level as their friend to understand and empathize with them.

    I think the hardest thing in mentoring is creating a relationship based on trust between the mentor and mentee, so they can open up themselves.

    After a year and a half of working with CHUM, the thing I have learned most is the potential to discover myself. Then, it is the opportunities to observe and share ideas with others. My daily life no longer revolves around only studying and working,  instead of that, my weekends are full of joy with kids and CHUM team!!!

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  • Chi Van Kim

    Big Chum

    I want to support children to develop a young generation with positive life and learning skills. I especially want to...
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    Chi Van Kim

    Big Chum

    I want to support children to develop a young generation with positive life and learning skills. I especially want to teach children to communicate in English. There are many times I want to organize a class but I do not have enough experience in volunteer activities which would be beneficial for children. Therefore, in CHUM, I hope a part of my dream can come true as a mentor.

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  • Nguyen Tu Khuyen

    Big Chum

    By participating CHUM, I have been walking down the road to self-discovery even without my intention. In the effort of...
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    Nguyen Tu Khuyen

    Big Chum

    By participating CHUM, I have been walking down the road to self-discovery even without my intention. In the effort of connecting with my mentee, I must observe, listen, and talk to her to understand what she likes to do.

    Mentoring is a journey which does not only help the mentee, but is also fulfilling for myself.  It is full of emotion, full of knowledge, full of understanding, which in turn causes us to understand and love each other. After all love is the most contagious thing.

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  • Thu Hoai

    Big Chum

    "Happy and proud, is what I feel when I see the first step of improvement from my Little Chum,” Thu Hoai, Big
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    Thu Hoai

    Big Chum

    "Happy and proud, is what I feel when I see the first step of improvement from my Little Chum,” Thu Hoai, Big Chum..

    With the support from a mentor, my Little Chum has improved in her performance in school, has started writing a diary, has become confident in her ability to paint and draw. She draws pictures of he idols and "she never forgets to draw a picture of me, as her second idol". Hoai also shares that "My Little Chum has changed a lot compared to the early days. I see in her eyes the belief in love, when I say ‘I believe you can do more than this’." Even if I am not with her, I completely believe she will continue to be confident in herself.

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  • Nguyen Trieu Trung

    Big Chum

    After six months at CHUM, I now understand the strengths and weaknesses of my Little Chum. Due to misunderstandings, we...
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    Nguyen Trieu Trung

    Big Chum

    After six months at CHUM, I now understand the strengths and weaknesses of my Little Chum. Due to misunderstandings, we experienced some problems during the mentoring process but things have definitely improved as we continue working together. My Little Chum is more active in this relationship, he even calls me first when needed. Yet I think we still need to invest more to make this relationship to reach a deeper level.

    Relationships with other Big Chums have also help me a lot in the mentoring journey, especially in group activities for Little Chums. This relationship helped me recognize a lot of things, including my previous heartless behavior with my little brothers at home. Whenever I can not arrange the time to meet my Little Chum, I feel very sad because I know he needs more time with me.

    Recently, we have one new rule, that is every time we say good bye we will hold hands and hug each other. When we met two weeks ago, he forgot this rule as I was about to leave. I gently gave him a reminder and he immediately ran over and gave me a huge hug. For the first time, I could feel that it was a hug with love and it made me so happy.

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  • Huynh Hong Nhung

    Big Chum

    I love joining activities related to children and education. I used to come to Ceporer to screen movies for kids and I...
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    Huynh Hong Nhung

    Big Chum

    I love joining activities related to children and education. I used to come to Ceporer to screen movies for kids and I really like the work they do. I was struggling to find a way to get back to working with children and then I discovered CHUM which appeared as a wonderful opportunity for me to become involved once again. I registered to participate immediately.

    In the beginning, everything was very hard for me because my Little Chum and I did not seem to have any thing in common. Besides, she is in the adolescence stage with a lot of psychological and physical problems that I have not truly understood. To help the situation, I decided to create some activities that were totally new to both of us. Together we read books and did arts and crafts projects.

    Gradually, she becomes more open minded with me. I hope that through these activities, my Little Chum will pay more attention to people around her and be more confident because according to her, she is really afraid of being criticised by other people.

     

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  • Tran Thuy An

    Big Chum

    When reading the mentor recruitment of CHUM, I was immediately impressed with the "companion" phrase. I myself
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    Tran Thuy An

    Big Chum

    When reading the mentor recruitment of CHUM, I was immediately impressed with the "companion" phrase. I myself used to feel that I lacked friendship when I was a child, thus I know that every child needs a friend beside him/her.

    I want their childhood to be more fun, more memorable and for them to have a place to share their inner thoughts. Until now, I think that my Little Chum and I are still learning how to interact with each other and grow our relationship. Not only do I impact her, she impacts my life as well. It is not easy for a kid to allow a stranger into their life, while trying to create a relationship with them. I'm trying everyday in my mentoring journey to create a positive relationship between us, becoming a friend to my Little Chum is enough fun for me.

     

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  • Tran Quoc Phong

    Big Chum

    When reading information about CHUM, I joined immediately because this was what I wished to do for a long time. And...
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    Tran Quoc Phong

    Big Chum

    When reading information about CHUM, I joined immediately because this was what I wished to do for a long time. And after 6 months of joining the program I was not disappointed. I have a very meaningful relationship with my Little Chum.

    My Little Chum has to face many problems in his own family, therefore, he is not a very open minded child. However, day by day, I see that he is now more confident and closer with me. Every time I come to Ceporer, he always welcomes me warmly with the bright eyes and holds my hand. These things make me really in touch with him and I feel that I have another family with a little bother always waiting for me. I am glad that this work is not temporary and doesn’t happen overnight, I will be able to be with my Little Chum in his growing up journey.

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  • Le Vo Son Quan

    Big Chum

    Working with CHUM, I need to have a commitment of at least one year- a time requested from the project to actually...
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    Le Vo Son Quan

    Big Chum

    Working with CHUM, I need to have a commitment of at least one year- a time requested from the project to actually create changes in each Little Chum. It is probably the biggest difference compared to all of the other organizations I've ever volunteered with.  After half of a year, I began to see the changes from my Little Chum.

    They are subtle changes but I feel very happy because somehow, I started lighting the fire of Love Life inside him. "The person who can, lights the fire" is the phrase I always use to name people who give me a lot of inspiration in my life, which include my teachers, siblings, friends and relatives. I would like to thank everyone for this. And I will continue that wonderful job at CHUM. 

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