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VietAbroader Community Grant Program Application Form – Bả Đă g Ký (Each applicant must complete a separate form. Mỗi cá nhân phải điền một bản đăng ký riêng.) PART 1 – General Information PHẦN 1 – Thông Tin Chung

ICHA Vietnam 2013 Project Title/Tên Dự án: _______________________________________________________________________ Thu Pham/Phạm Anh Thư Applicant Name/Họ Tên: ______________________________________________________________________ ■ Female/Nữ 

Male/Nam 

April 13, 1991 Date of Birth/Ngày sinh: ______________________

Mount Holyoke College School/Trường: ___________________________________________

2015 Class/Lớp: ___________________

50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075, USA School Address/Địa chỉ Trường: _________________________________________________________________

36/23 Tay Thanh, Tan Phu District, HCMC, Vietnam Home Address/Địa chỉ Nhà: ____________________________________________________________________ Email Address/Điaà hỉ Email: ___________________________________________________________________

(848)3815-0034 Telephone/ĐTàNh : __________________________ Project Members:

413-314-3144 Cellphone/ĐTàDiàđộng: _______________________

Thu Pham/Phạm Anh Thư 1. _____________________________________________________________________

Anh Nguyen/Nguyễn Duy Anh Các thành viên Dự án: 2. _____________________________________________________________________ 3. _____________________________________________________________________ Applicant’s Statement / Xác nhận của Người Nộp đơ : I certify that the information given in this application is complete, authentic and accurate to the best of my knowledge. If awarded the grant, I agree to comply with any necessary regulations set by the VietAbroader Community Grant Program to the best of my ability. Tôi xác nhận là nhữ gàg àtôiàđưa ra trong bản đă gàkýà

àl àđầ àđủ v àđú gàsự thật. Nếu được trao khoản tài

trợ,àtôiàđồng ý tuân theo các quy định của VietAbroader Community Grant Program.

Thu Pham

Thu Pham ______________________________________




April 19, 2013 ___________________________________________ DATE/NGÀY


PART 2 – Experience PHẦN 2 – Ki h Nghiệm 1. Please list any volunteer and/or paid work you have done in your school or community. Hãy kể về các hoạt động tình nguyện và/hoặc việc làm thêm bạ đã tha

gia ở trường hoặc địa phươ g.

* Vietnamese Student Association, Mount Holyoke College -- Co-Chair -- September 2012 – Present * Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS), Mount Holyoke College -Technology Consultant & Leader of Blog Team -- October 2011 – Present * AwesomeMath Summer Camp, UT Dallas & Cornell University -- Residential Assistant -June – July 2012 * Community Service and Round Square Office, King’s Academy, Madaba – Manja, Jordan -- Junior Fellow -- Oct 2010 – Jun 2011 2. Please describe your relationship with VietAbroader Organization. Hãy kể về kinh nghiệm làm việc của bạn với Tổ chức VietAbroader.

I have been a part of VietAbroader from its very first days and have been serving various positions at the organization, including Head of VApedia Team in 2010, Chair of VietAbroader Study-Abroad Conference HCMC 2011, and currently Head of Funding of the Executive Team since 03/2012. VietAbroader is my most important commitment outside the classroom, and I love every single moment working for it. In return, my long-time involvement in the organization has helped me grow both professionally and personally. I wholeheartedly live up to its mission of empowering Vietnamese youth, and I look forward to receiving your support to continue spreading this mission through ICHA Vietnam 2013. PART 3 – References PHẦN 3 – Người Giới Thiệu You are requested to ask a reference who knows you very well to write a letter of recommendation to the VietAbroader Community Grant Program along with your application package. The reference may be a teacher who has taught or is teaching you or a person in charge of the organization or the community event that you were or is a part of. A letter of recommendation from a friend, a family friend or a family member is not accepted. Each applicant may submit up to 2 (two) letters of recommendation. Applicants applying as a group may have their letters of recommendation written by different references. Mỗià

à h àh àđề nghị mộtà gười biết rõ về mình viết và gởiàthưàgiới thiệuàđ hàkè àv oà ộ hộ sơ gởi về

VietAbroader Community Grant Program.àNgười giới thiệu phảiàl àgi oàviê àđ àhoặ àđa gàdạy bạn hoặ àl à gười có trách nhiệm tại tổ chức hoặc sự kiện mà bạn tham gia trong các hoạtàđộng phục vụ cộ gàđồ g.àThưàgiới thiệu từ bạ à è,à ạn củaàgiaàđ hàv à gườiàtro gàgiaàđ hàsẽ khô gàđược chấp nhận. Mỗi cá nhân có thể nộp tốiàđaà2à hai àthưàgiới thiệu. Các thành viên trong cùng một nhóm có thể i àthưàgiới thiệu từ nhiềuà gười khác nhau.


Please provide names of the references. Xin vui lòng cung cấp thông tin về Người Giới Thiệu. First Reference/Người Giới Thiệu Thứ Nhất

Charlene Morrow _____________________________ FULL NAME/HỌ TÊN

413-538-2069 _____________________________ PHONE NUMBER/SỐ ĐIỆN THOẠI

Mount Holyoke College ____________________________ ORGANIZATION/TỔ CHỨC ____________________________ EMAIL ADDRESS/ĐỊA CHỈ EMAIL

Professor __________________________ RELATIONSHIP/MỐI QUAN HỆ

8 months __________________________ MONTHS OF ACQUAINTANCE THỜI GIAN QUEN BIẾT

Second Reference/Người Giới Thiệu Thứ Hai _____________________________ FULL NAME/HỌ TÊN

_____________________________ PHONE NUMBER/SỐ ĐIỆN THOẠI

____________________________ ORGANIZATION/TỔ CHỨC

____________________________ EMAIL ADDRESS/ĐỊA CHỈ EMAIL


__________________________ RELATIONSHIP/MỐI QUAN HỆ


VietAbroader Community Grant 2013 ICHA Vietnam 2013 – Thu Pham

ICHA VIETNAM 2013 PROPOSAL Ái chà! I cha llenge. I cha nge.


Background The age of criminals in Vietnam has been getting lower, with individuals committing murderers the most are between the ages of 18 to under 30 (41%) (The Criminology and Crime Prevention Research Center ). In the meantime, the severity of crimes has been increasing, and other acts of violence and ignorance among youths are abundant. More importantly, people are being killed every day, and so are the social and moral values, when there is an increasing number of children mistreating their parents or of young people chasing after fleeting material pleasures, forgetting about their own passion, their dreams, and the community that they are a part of. This so-called “moral depravity” is a dangerous threat to today’s daily life in Vietnam as well as the country’s future. We at ICHA believe that the problem is not the Vietnamese youth themselves, that they were born neither violent nor ignorant. Instead, we believe that the root cause is because the youths receive very few opportunities and little support to get involved in community service, travelling, or projects of their interest to gain better understanding about themselves and the world. Even when there have been numerous projects for young people over the last few years, they mostly select the small number of students who already have other experiences, excluding the very people who need the first opportunity to look at the world and themselves differently. II.

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Objectives To educate and motivate nine participants to know their origins, follow their passion, and make impacts on others To prepare participants to implement long-term projects to create a ripple effect, spreading the three ideas to other Vietnamese youths


Project Setting and Target Population The project is a collaborative effort among like-minded Vietnamese students in United States, Singapore, Japan, and Vietnam, who strive to share with young people in Vietnam the opportunities to learn and grow through new experiences. The project is honored to have psychologist Nguyen Hoang Khac Hieu as project advisor. Nguyen Hoang Khac Hieu is a Psychology instructor at HCMC University of Pedagogy, recently featured on prominent newspaper for his projects for youth, gaining reputation and popularity among Vietnamese students and parents. Our target audience is Vietnamese youths of ages 15-25, the future leaders of Vietnam. The project in summer 2013 starts off with nine selected participants, who are willing to travel, to learn, and to change themselves and their community. The group will be as diverse as possible, including those from different socioeconomic backgrounds, those who have been active outside the classroom and those who have not, so that participants will not only learn and share from each other but will also make impacts on different youth groups in the future. IV. Methodology Travelling is the best way to open one’s eyes, while meeting with people and living their experiences is the best way to open one’s heart. Thus, the main component of the project is a three-week trip across Vietnam to find answers for three core questions: (1) “Where do I come from? ” – to understand about Vietnam and its society in the past and present (2) “Who am I? ” – to be inspire to follow one’s own passion, and (3) “Why am I in this world?” – to appreciate one’s life, to develop empathy, and to be motivated to make impacts The second component of the project is intensive training workshops on organizing and leadership skills to prepare participants for their implement of long-term projects. Three-week-trip across Vietnam, July 2013 Destinations: places that represent and reflect different aspects of life in Vietnam  Ha Noi: Vietnam’s capital  Yen Bai: a northern mountainous province  Da Nang: the largest city and the commercial and educational center of Central Vietnam  Quang Nam: a province in Central Vietnam famous for Vietnamese cinnamon  Phan Rang: a city on the central coast of Vietnam and a center for the maintenance of Cham culture  Dong Thap: a province in the Mekong Delta region and the 3rd largest rice paddy in the country  Ho Chi Minh City: the largest, most populated city, and the economic center of Vietnam

VietAbroader Community Grant 2013 ICHA Vietnam 2013 – Thu Pham

Finding answers to three questions (1) “Where do I come from?” Participants will be guided by local people to explore and learn about the land, the history, the cultures, and the people in Vietnam in the most honest way. Confirmed tour guides in Ha Noi, Yen Bai, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Phan Rang, Dong Thap, and HCMC (2) “Who am I?” In Ha Noi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City, participants will attend talks by distinguished young people, who know their origins, dare to go against the crowd to follow their passion, and want to make positive impacts on society. Confirmed guest speakers: Nguyen Hoang Khac Hieu, Toan Shinoda, Win Diep, Chung Chi Cong (3) “Why am I in this world?” Participants will take part in daily activities of local people, such as farming, planting, or even riding a buffalo, to better understand the life and hardship of people from other parts of Vietnam; in HCMC, participants will try riding motorcycle taxi, selling lottery tickets, or cleaning the street, to know about the people working hard for honest money in this high living cost city. Through this activity called “Be a(n) ___ for a day,” the youths will learn to appreciate their life more to not take it for granted, and they will develop empathy to be motivated to help others rather than committing inhumane crimes. Upon the end of the trip, nine participants will understand more about their home country and its values, be inspired to follow their own passion, and be motivated to make a difference for others. Other activities  Participants will film their entire trip, including landscapes, people, and activities they will take part in  Every evening, participants will reflect about their experience in both speaking and writing  The team will share one highlight a day on ICHA Facebook page and publish weekly notes reporting the journey One-week workshop, HCMC, August 2013  Morning: Participants will attend intensive workshops on how to implement projects, learning skills such as organizing plans, fundraising, advertising, and securing good resources, as well as how to be an inspiring leader and a good teammate.  Afternoon: Participants will work on long-term projects that spread the three ideas to the Vietnamese youth, applying the skills they have just learned in the morning.  During this time, participants will also edit the video of the trip. V.

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Evaluation Daily reflections from participants during the trip and their feedback by the end of the project Video about the trip, which will be posted online and screened at local universities and high schools to convey the three ideas to others while appealing them to join and make a difference Long-term projects through which participants recreate their experiences for other Vietnamese youths


Sustainability and Long-term Impacts Nine participants will team up into groups of three to run three projects by themselves: one to organize short trips across Vietnam, especially to the communities visited; one to hold talks with inspiring young people; one to hold activities that foster love and understanding. The groups shall also come up with new activities to transmit the three ideas effectively. The participants will receive mentoring on their plans and will implement the projects throughout the 20132014 school year, and they will be also in charge of organizing ICHA in the following summer. Most importantly, ICHA will make the biggest impacts on the society because every participant will become a change agent, who will have influence on his or her own circles of friends, spreading the effect to different groups of Vietnamese youths. ICHA is not a summer project only; it is a network that connects the participants, other like-minded youths, as well as the organizations and communities we are building relationships with; it is a community where Vietnamese youths across Vietnam and abroad come together for a gradual, promising change. This goal clearly and strongly aligns with the objective of the VietAbroader Community Grant. VII. Relevant Experience As an intern for the Community Service Office at King’s Academy, Jordan, Head of Funding for VietAbroader, and CoChair of Vietnamese Student Association at Mount Holyoke College, I have had considerable experience in organizing projects with, and for, young people. Most importantly, my experience at VietAbroader has allowed me to know and befriend many talented and passionate Vietnamese youth, some of whom have eagerly agreed to join and support this project. I thirst for social changes and feel the urge to empower other Vietnamese youths through ICHA Vietnam 2013. Support from the VietAbroader Community Grant will make this all possible.

VietAbroader Community Grant 2013 ICHA Vietnam 2013 – Thu Pham


Unit Type



Sub Total


Other Trip Expenses

Workshop Expenses

First-aid kit





Accommodation (local families - free of charge)





Food ($4 per person for 12 people)





Drinks for talks in Ha Noi, Da Nang, and HCMC (held at coffee shops)





Gifts for host families and local people





Appreciation gifts for tour guides (except for me in HCMC)





Venue (free of charge at Yola Institute)





Lunch (7 days, 12 people)





Snacks and drinks















White and color paper





Pencils and pens Scissors

$0.25 $0.50

item pair

12 4

$3.00 $2.00

$0.50 $10.00

item person

4 18

$2.00 $180.00












Glue Reimbursement for "Be a(n) ___ a day" in HCMC (9 people x 2 days) Appreciation gifts for workshop leaders Initial funding for 3 projects run by 9 participants Other Expenses

Video making of the trip Miscellaneous

$50.00 -










SELF-FUNDRAISING Air ticket from HCMC to Ha Noi

Transportation Expenses





Van cost from Ha Noi to Yen Bai (roundtrip)





Air ticket from Ha Noi to Da Nang

















$15.00 $20.00

person person

11 11

$165.00 $220.00

Bus fare from Da Nang to Quang Nam (roundtrip) Train fare from Da Nang to Phan Rang Bus fare from Phan Rang to HCMC Bus fare from HCMC to Dong Thap (roundtrip) Transportation cost within cities TOTAL




Recommendation for Thu Pham April 28, 2013 I am writing in support of the application of Thu Pham for a VietAbroader Community Grant. I have known Thu since last Fall (2012) when she enrolled in my Statistics class as well as arranged to do an Independent Study with me. I have been impressed with her as a highly intelligent, inquisitive and responsible student. In the Statistics class, Thu showed an excellent ability to deal with the material in the class. This is a class that many students approach with anxiety, but Thu has moved forward with a sense of interest and optimism. Thu’s problem solving skills, homework, and exams were all excellent. Homework problems require a great deal of analysis and explanation, which Thu handled well with her considerable analytical and critical thinking skills. Thu’s participation in a group research project showed that she can collaborate well. In the lab portion of this course students learn to use statistical software to analyze research results for a variety of statistical techniques. Students learn not only which statistic(s) to use, but how to do the analysis using SPSS, how to interpret the output, and how to write up the results. Thu excelled in all aspects of the statistics lab sessions. She earned an A in the class. In her Independent Study, Thu was eager to explore questions that had arisen from an internship in a summer program for mathematically able pre-college students. Many questions had arisen in her mind over the summer, particularly about the intersection of gender and mathematics, and she read, discussed, and wrote about these questions passionately. Utmost on her mind, however, was the well-being and happiness of the students in her care. Thu seems to have a very active and broad sense of curiosity and commitment to community engagement. She is eager to think deeply about course material and beyond. In other words, she is a model student. She is mature, responsible, enthusiastic, and energetic. She is willing to strive for excellence, and she has a good track record for accomplishing her goals. I am sure that Thu could engage young people to rise above their current circumstances, be motivated to take on challenging longer term goals, and, in turn, be a part of the process of improving their communities. I support her application most highly and with no reservations.


Charlene Morrow, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, Psychology and Education Director, SummerMath/SEARCH Programs; 413-538-2608

Additional Information

A description of the group dynamic, explaining: the role of each member, what each person is contributing to the project, what specific tasks each person will be responsible for. For the highest efficiency, our "organizing team" includes only three people, two of which I have known before, fully believing in their capabilities, work ethic, and above all their shared passion for my ideas. All of us have had considerable organizing and leadership experience, and our various skills and different networks in the US, Singapore, and Vietnam significantly contribute to the team. Our timezone difference also allows us to take turn and work on ICHA 24/24! Thu Pham (USA) - Founder & Co-Leader: Oversees every aspect of the project. Responsible person for fundraising, participants, and guest speakers Duy-Anh Nguyen (Singapore) - Co-Leader: Oversees every aspect of the project. Responsible person for program, local hosts and volunteers Ky-Duyen Mai (Vietnam) - Core member: Responsible person for Facebook page and other related public relations work Although we have responsible persons for different tasks, everything needs to be proofread and approved by all members before proceeding. The small structure allows everyone to have crucial voice in our decisions while making sure that it is done in the most speedy and efficient manners.

ICHA Vietnam 2013 - Thu Pham  

Pham Anh Thu - Mount Holyoke College

ICHA Vietnam 2013 - Thu Pham  

Pham Anh Thu - Mount Holyoke College