From my first phone call with Warm Heart's co-founder, Evelind Schecter, I knew that the organization was something special-- the genuine love that she and her husband, Michael, had for their work and the people that they live alongside and serve radiated through her words. I could already tell that my time at Warm Heart would be extremely transformative... little did I know just how much!
Warm Heart is a multifaceted NGO that serves rural northern Thailand in the areas of Education, Public Health, Microenterprise, and Environmental Sustainability. While there, my focus was Public Health and Education, and my duties within those areas included assisting the Warm Heart children with daily homework, teaching English classes, teaching special classes on subjects such as science or self-esteem building, and conducting regular public health visits to assist elderly and disabled members of the community. However, I often worked in other fields as well, performing tasks such as making Biochar, travelling to agricultural events, and advertising and planning for Warm Heart's 10th Anniversary celebration. While sometimes it was difficult to see how my work would be impactful in the grand scheme of Warm Heart's operation, Michael and Evelind, the kids, and the staff always served as a reminder that the greatest successes are accomplished through small victories that add up.
The most special part of my time at Warm Heart were the Thai people that I connected with. Never have I met more lovely, welcoming, (patient!), and kind individuals. From Warm Heart's children who will forever hold a large place in my heart, to the Warm Heart staff and community members of Phrao who endured my butchering of the Thai language, to those who I will consider lifelong friends, that is what truly sets Warm Heart apart-- the organization's relationships with the people that it serves, and the ability for volunteers who may only call Thailand home for a short while to feel as if they are deeply connected with those that they work for and alongside.
I feel so fortunate to have helped welcome Warm Heart into its 10th year of operation during my time there and I pray that it sees many more!
I volunteered with Warm Heart during the summer 2018. This experience was wonderful. I had the opportunity to work on a project linked to my skills: the development of a smoked meat product in order to try to pull hill tribe villagers out of poverty. I also met in Warm Heart a huge family, where all the children have the opportunity to find their own path to a better future. I hope that Warm Heart will be able to give it them as long as possible.
I came to help Warm Heart twice, working on the smokehouse project. The working environment is awesome. Warm Heart really gives a better chance to children whose families need help. Then, WH tries to improve living standards of the community. It's a hard and long work, they need always your help on a project, don't hesitate to contribute to this scheme.
I chose to spend ten weeks volunteering at Warm Heart because it offered me the opportunity to work on two things that I am most passionate about: education and healthcare. Of course, there were the additional challenges of a language barrier, cultural differences, and being 9,000 miles from home. I have learned more from my time at Warm Heart than I ever thought possible!
When my friends and family would call to ask about my plans for the day, more often than not, I responded with “I don’t know.” There have been very few instances in my life where I have given this answer for so many days in a row, and I have found the unknown quite exciting! I typically wake up knowing I will help the kids with their homework after school and teach English on Monday nights, but beyond that I have learned to go with the flow. I’ve gone on many home visits to the elderly and disabled with the Warm Heart staff, taken trips to the market in Phrao to buy ingredients for delicious Thursday night volunteer dinners, ran Warm Heart’s Instagram, made biochar, helped plan Warm Heart’s 10th Anniversary party, and even volunteered at Chiang Mai’s mango festival, in addition to other things. The majority of that does not fall under my original job description, but I have been more than happy to do it all. The diversity of experiences that Warm Heart allows its volunteers to have is extremely special. A lot of independence and trust is given to volunteers, so it is important to be confident and know that your efforts are making a difference and are greatly appreciated.
I am so grateful for the kindness I was shown, the knowledge I received, and the experiences I had during my time at Warm Heart. I have gained a new sense of independence and confidence that I’m sure will serve me well in the years to come. Warm Heart has incredible projects in the works and I cannot wait to see what they do next to benefit this beautiful community!
Warm Heart is contributing on so many fronts - home and school for orphaned children, making big breakthroughs on global climate change, developing entrepreneurship opportunities for communities in developing nations, and more! Mike and Evelind are two great minds, with a passion to make a difference in a big way!
I had the honor of visiting Warm Heart in Northern Thailand in November. Evelind and Mike are sane, energetic, focused contributors to the sustainability of the planet and to the lives of the under-served. I also met the smart, collaborative team at Warm Heart who are working on things that will make a difference in the world.
I volunteered with Warm Heart the summer of 2017 and while I went to lend my expertise, I learned a whole lot more from them than they probably did from me. This organization goes above and beyond to cover all the needs of the rural Thai community they serve. I was inspired by how much daily effort and thought goes into developing their community to be the best it can be. I saw firsthand how much every little donation counts and how much thought goes into putting money into the right places. Donors really are making a huge difference in this community with any support they can give.
Great non-profit with a genuine concern for their local Thai communities. It is inspiring to see all the work they have done with the Thai people to improve their situations and all they continue to do, despite many obstacles. I have had a wonderful experience learning from them and helping them. Would definitely recommend!
I came to Warm Heart around 3 months back. The experience here has been amazing. The team is energetic, driven and passionate about the community development. I worked on the Vocational Training Programs for the underprivileged youth in the neighbourhood and it has been an incredible journey so far. Would definitely recommend this organisation who wants to have a hands on experience in the social sector/community development projects.
I first arrived to Warm Heart about 9 months ago with intentions of spending my gap year before university here. I can say without a doubt that this year has been one of the best in my life. All the various projects that I've been able to work on have given me real insight into how an international NGO actually runs. In addition to helping Warm Heart through their biochar initiatives, social media campaigns, English teaching, and fixing the daily issues that arise around the campus - volunteers are given the freedom to create projects to issues they care about with the support and guidance from the founders: Michael and Evelind.
Warm Heart has been one of the best decisions of my life - I would highly recommend this non-profit for anyone looking into getting started in community development.
I am from Bhutan, I am interested on bio chart machine.. I would like to help our farmers in Bhutan to use bio chart to reduce forest fire for agriculture and improve the agriculture in our country... sorry if I have written in the wrong page..... pardon plz...
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I came to Warm Heart to help with their efforts at building a sustainable organic garden. Evelind and Michael were very helpful before arriving and extremely hospitable upon arrival. They really do try to make every single volunteer happy with their own needs and try to better their experience by involving them in local activities and other intresting things going on near by. I had the unfortunate luck of getting into a motorcycle crash while volunteering here and Warm Heart staff were the first to show up to the hospital and afterwards the Warm Heart staff made sure I made it to all my doctors appointments and tests at the hospital in Chiang mai . My experience would have been drastically differnt had it not been for this organization!
I am volunteering at Warm Heart and I love it. As a part of Warm Heart´s biochar project team I have the chance to learn a lot about sustainable and environmentally beneficial agriculture. We are not sitting in comfortable chairs and think up hot ideas which other people should implement – we go out, get our hands dirty and show the locals how they can improve their lives with adapting farming practices and creating new products that not only increase their income but are also beneficial to the environment. Air pollution reduction is a very important topic over here.
The founders and all the permanent staff are also great to work with. There is no typical boss who just tells his employees what to do; really everybody here does whatever is necessary to keep the things running – no task is too insignificant or beneath one´s dignity.
I am currently volunteering at Warm Heart and the experience has been life-changing so far. Warm Heart cares about helping people to help people. Michael, Evelind and the staff put in great effort to make sure that the children are alright physically and mentally. When they say providing the children with a safe place to live in, they really mean what they say. They remember the name and backgrounds of all their children. They emphatise what the children have gone through in the past and treat all children like their own kids. Everyday, you will see some kids running to Michael and Evelind to ask for a hug.
I am working mainly on helping to create a positive mindset for the kids, teach English and Nagomi Pastel Arts (Thank You Card), help the graduating kids to build confidence and to understand what they want in the future through self-introduction crafting. In the afternoon, I will tag along with some of the staff to visit the special needs' children and the elderly in the villages to keep them occupied with some art and craft or just to lend a listening ear to them. On my side project, I helped to get my friends to donate used / new sports shoes for the 45 kids here and this initiatives help to give others a chance to help people in Phrao. And I can't wait to collect the shoes back to Warm Heart to see the smiles of our kids =)
Like all the other volunteers have mentioned, you get to initiate and have full empowerment to run your projects within Warm Heart. As long as you find it beneficial for the kids, you can always bounce your ideas off with Evelind and Michael. I like it that at Warm Heart, the kids decide on what they want to become in the future. That allows them to make their decision on what course to go to and where they wish to continue their further education.
The entire journey has been wonderful. I have gained more than I have given. In fact, staying in Warm Heart feels like a home away from home. For the past 1.5 months, I have learnt a lot from Warm Heart. I enjoy the simplicity and appreciation people have and in my mind, I've been thinking how can we better help to raise more money to support the kids to achieve their dreams.
You won’t regret volunteering in Warm Heart, Phrao, Chiang Mai. Warm Heart is located in Phrao, surrounded by mountains. If you wish to have a weekend getaway, Chiang Mai is located just 1.5 hours away.
Thank you Warm Heart!
Living and sharing the children's everyday life showed me how simple happiness can be.
Evelind, Michael and the volunteers give their best day to day to make the children happy through the difficulties they had lived in the past.
Seeing the investment they put each day gives me the want to improve myself and help as much as I can in order to be part of those volunteers who bring love and joy in the children's journey.
How pleasant it is to meet and work with people giving 24 hours of their time to make others' life prettier.
I have been involved with Warm Heart for the past three years, and my admiration and respect for the founders Michael and Evelind continues to grow. They are truly dedicated and committed to providing the children an opportunity to a better life through education. It can not be easy having 46 children to care for, but they do it, day in and day out, year after year.
They provide a home visiting program for the seniors and disabled in the community, a service that connects extremely poor and forgotten people with a life line of caring.
You would think that would be enough, but those two programs are only the tip of the mountain that they are moving in Phrao to improve lives,
Warm Heart's Environmental Program is vast, and has an impact on not only the local residents of Phrao, it just starts from there, and spreads out like a ripple in water across the world.
My only regret is that I am not able to donate more to all of their programs. Each one deserves support.
The positive impact that this small community organization has on so many lives is truly inspiring. The people involved are dedicated and determined to make a difference. The children in the care of Warm Heart are thriving and advancing with their education. The home visits they provide for destitute seniors and disabled in the community bring a ray of hope and sunshine into their lives. But Warm Hearts concern and care goes far beyond the community of Phrao. Their environmental program continues to expand across the world, eventually having an impact on all of our lives, and the lives of future generation.
My time at Warm Heart was truly an exceptional experience. The children and staff were extremely welcoming and kind, really wanting the volunteers to learn about their traditions, language and culture. You get out what you put in, but with a self-starting mindset, Warm Heart can help you accomplish any projects you desire.
More than the day to day work, Warm Heart really incorporates you into the community, showing volunteers the compassion and warmth of Northern Thailand.
I had the experience of a lifetime volunteering at Warm Heart Worldwide. Their dedication to helping the local community is far-reaching. Warm Heart Worldwide has environmental, education, and public health projects, in addition to running a Children's Home with 45 kids.
As a small NGO, you work hands on with their staff and the local community. Warm Heart expects volunteers to be self-starters. You can really make a difference, if you work hard.
Nestled away and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Northern Thailand, there is nothing quite like Warm Heart Worldwide.
A great grass-roots nonprofit serving a rural area in Thailand. Unlike a lot of non-profits, they actually serve the people and meet their needs rather than doing what they think is best without the community's input. They take incredible care of 46 local hill tribe children, on top of environmental, public health, and micro-enterprise projects. I've loved volunteering for Warm Heart Worldwide, and strongly believe in what they're doing here in Northern Thailand!
This place is absolutely amazing! The organizers do a great job of providing everything for the kids to succeed. They are always keeping them active with creative activities that are fun and engaging so the kids can learn.
"Helping people help themselves." Warm Heart's central premise has set them up for enormous success. For the last 9 years this organization has been present and ready to listen to local villagers in their home of Phrao District in Northern Thailand. Warm Heart's children's home takes care of over 40 children, ensuring proper health care, education, and a safe place to call home. Their Thai staff and steady stream of international volunteers have put in tremendous effort to build new sustainable pathways to healthy, productive, and successful lives. As a volunteer I've been inspired by the work that Warm Heart does and how incredibly effective their team is. They are ready for whatever is thrown at them and are unquestionably committed to their cause.
I volunteered with my boyfriend last month for one weekend. We taught a science lesson and played with the children for the rest of the weekend. It was amazing to see how well run the children's home is. The children are well fed, clothed and seem of great spirits. I highly recommend anyone to volunteer at this nonprofit.