Initially I was quite sceptical how a language conversation class over the phone may work. In fact for several weeks into the programme I questioned my ability to be an effective mentor. However, over time my young mentee and I slowly established a rapport and we began having engaging conversations. While there is still a long way to go to reach our goal, it’s a meaningful journey that goes beyond conversations in English. We are getting to know each other; I am beginning to understand my mentor’s hopes, dreams and aspirations. Together we hope to take the right steps to fulfil them.