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 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.
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 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.
I worked with Warm Heart as a product designer and market researcher for a period of 3 months. I learned so much about the difficulties of ethical design while working in a place to which one has no cultural ties. I also came to understand how Warm Heart navigates these issues, and succeeds in creating beautiful, ethical products with the Phrao women's co-ops, creating work and providing stable income for their members. Warm Heart has created work for silk spinners, weavers and dyers, helping them to continue utilizing these ancient, precise skills. Together they create high quality textiles that benefit everyone involved. While there, I also experienced all of the other great things Warm Heart does for the community, such as providing a children's home for dozens of kids, and making strides in the development of biochar and sustainable agriculture.
I spent two and a half months at Warm Heart, and I have never encountered a more holistic approach to public service. What is so inspiring about this organization is the fact that they support the community from all angles- public health, education, and Microenterprise. The children I met from the Children's Home changed me in remarkable ways, and their futures, thanks to support from Warm Heart, are so much brighter than that of the typical child's in rural Thailand.
I worked at Warm Heart for 2 months in total. I had a really great time volunteering with Warm Heart, and I helped with the BioChar project - a great project that will have a noticeable health benefit to all those living in Northern Thailand.
Warm Hearts location allows for those volunteering to have a great mix between learning the local culture (thai boxing classes in local village, can help and learn thai cooking with some of the restaurants nearby) and also some big city life as theres a songtow bus a few times a day to Chang Mai.
All in all a really great experience and am thoroughly grateful for all that Warm Heart do!
I volunteered for Warm Heart in Thailand for 2 months. I split my time between community work and work at a children’s home.
I made home visits to provide psychological and physical support to vulnerable adults. I also reviewed and re-structured the Warm Heart programme to achieve consistent visits, set clear patient goals and efficiently deliver resources. I project managed a Psychological Interventions Project where I worked with 39 children living at a children’s home to assess and document their mental health, and to recommend and action appropriate interventions.
Warm Heart is a beautiful place with beautiful people. If you have the drive and a self-start approach to work then you have the opportunity to make a difference and learn a lot. I am forever grateful for the amazing experience I had here.
I have spent sometime here at Warmheart, and found that Evelind and Michael have created and continue to support a great children's home with out reach into the community.
The areas I am familiar with where they are involved are :
1) a public health support service for people who are at risk and unsupported by family or other community members, and
2)the development of a programme to clean the air environment of toxic smoke caused by burn off of vegetation.This programme is developing and researching methods of biochar production, and teaching community farmers and children of the benefits of this process. Biochar is returned to the soil,sequestering the carbon (mitigating effects of climate warming), at the same time enhancing soil fertility.
I have found Warmheart to be a great place to work, and very well organised. There is clear leadership, and consideration not only of the people they serve, but also the workers volunteers,who are given the opportunity to use and develop their passion and ideas, whatever they may be, and share them in a way that enhances the work done here, at the home and in the community.
I congratulate Evelind and Michael on their work , and fully recommend this as worthwhile nonprofit organisation.
My experience at Warm Heart was fantastic! I felt very involved in many different projects and I learned a lot and grew from my time here. I came in to my volunteering with a plan for a project and I think this made a huge difference in my experience because if you are not eager and willing to work and get things done, no one is going to watch over you to make sure you are doing something. So if you are looking for someone to hold your hand and instruct you on every part of your work, this is not the place for you to volunteer. You must be committed and engaged in order to get things done and make a difference at Warm Heart. The Warm Heart main "campus" is where I stayed during my time here. I lived in one of the volunteer houses which was very comfortable with a bed, fan, mosquito net, shelves, and a bedside table. The bed is hard so if you are wanting something plush then you could get a mattress pad or something but it was fine to me and I slept on it for 10 weeks. The room was tightly sealed and had screens to cover all the openings, so I didn't even have to use my mosquito net the whole time I was there! And I did not get bit inside my room even once for 10 weeks! You need to wash the sheets and bed covers yourself but they have a washer and spinner at Warm Heart that you can use. I recommend staying on the main campus if possible, it is convenient and nice. The bathrooms are just outside the rooms and so is the sink and a little kitchen area with a mini fridge. So if you like to cook yourself you can! Or you can eat at the kitchen each day. Up to you! The food was Thai food and it was usually very good with lots of vegetables which I appreciated. I felt extremely safe at Warm Heart, in Phrao, and the Chiang Mai region in general. The Thai people are so kind and good hearted. I felt like nothing could go wrong while I was there. Plus, Evelind and Michael have security cameras to add to the safety. Thailand is a very safe place to travel, and Warm Heart is a very safe place to volunteer. The Warm Heart team all really care about the mission of the organization and are all committed to their jobs. Their hard work was inspiring to me and motivated me sometimes when I was feeling less eager to work. Every week we had a volunteer meeting to fill Evelind in on anything we needed, our progress with our projects, and just generally how everything was going. So that was really nice! Sometimes, being a grassroots organization, Warm Heart can be a bit unorganized. But that is just how it is when you have so many things to take care of and not enough people to take care of them! When you get to Thailand, you will get a Thai phone and sim card so you can call Evelind, Michael, or any of the staff if you ever need them so that is a great thing they have going. Plus everyone works really close together on the main campus anyways. The people working at Warm Heart are so amazing. I became very good friends with a few of the girls working in the kitchen and children's home and the staff in the main office are incredibly kind and helpful. Evelind and Michael are two are the most compassionate people I have ever met on top of being very intelligent, insightful, and fun to be around. I so loved getting to know them. I would have to warn you that there will be other volunteers there and this can be quite distracting because some people simply do not have motivation to do anything. My best advice is just to keep your eye on your goals for coming to Warm Heart and don't allow other people to knock you off your path! I loved working here and I look forward to coming back and working with Warm Heart in the future!
I volunteered for Warm Heart from June-Aug 2016, and had a great experience. It is amazing that a small grassroots non profit like Warm Heart can help with a wide variety of issues in the community. I was involved with multiple projects, from public health, English teaching, and environmental research. This is an organization which will not hold your hands, and one must be a self starter and autonomous to really thrive. I was free to work on projects how I liked, and was supported by the staff, both Thai and the other volunteers. Because this is a small nonprofit, there are certain challenges that come up, mainly, somewhat lack of manpower since volunteers come and go all the time. But they are doing their best, and even though there are times when they seem to stretch themselves thin due to the number of projects they are involved in, their positive impact and work in the community is visible. Evelind and Michael are great, very caring and supportive. I felt much at home here, and would urge other volunteers who wish to gain more experience in non profit work to join Warm Heart. Cheers!