I thought that the experience was very beneficial for my education, personal growth and preparation for my future career. I was able to practice the skills I have learned in college, learn about a new culture, make many new friends, and gain confidence as a future nurse and as a world traveler. I thoroughly enjoyed serving the community there, experiencing the day-to-day implications of a long-term community development project. Those that we visited weekly and biweekly seemed to really appreciate our support and care. I also loved being able to use my skills to assess the health of children at Warm Heart, which I believe will make a significant impact to them and the staff. I love how this experience put me (with my short-term availability) in the context of a bigger picture, and allowed me to actually make a difference with an organization that is doing so much long-term development in a community. It is clear that Warm Heart is very intentional about that. I could not be more excited that I worked with an organization like that, where I felt that my unique skills were needed and my time and energy was not wasted. I enjoyed every second of my time there and I was able to serve, travel, explore and experience so much in Thailand because of this assignment. I can never thank Evelind and Michael enough for allowing me to work with them and for everything that they are doing for this community.
It's rare to find two people as passionate and caring as Evelind Schecter and Michael D. Shafer. Many non profits work remotely from the US to support causes in other countries but Evelind and Michael gave up their successful careers in the US and moved to Phrao, Thailand to truly make a difference in the lives of many. The work can be frustrating at times due to the language and cultural differences between Thais and foreigners and the politics involved to get things done but when you see how happy the children that Warm Heart cares for and the difference they make in the lives of many locals, it's all worth it. Being a volunteer has it's challenges with Warm Heart taking on so many different responsibilities that every day is a new day. So if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and roll with the punches, Warm Heart will be an eye-opening and rewarding experience. You will live like a local and experience true Thai hospitality and culture.
Being at Warm Heart I have been inspired and touched by the passion and care that the Founders, Staff and Volunteers have for not only improving the lives of Phrao's community members but everyone they interact with.
Whether it be helping a child with homework, celebrating a young woman's (who is living with HIV) birthday, or bringing books to a home bound woman's house, every moment is seen as an opportunity to make life a little brighter.
You quickly see how these simple, compassionate acts create ripples of goodwill that lifts up the community, instantly feel a strong bond with the people, and more deeply appreciate the magnitude of Gandhi's famous quote "Be the change you wish to see in the world.
I am participating in this organization as a volunteer, especially in Public Health part. The first thing I felt was that this organization is well known to local people and they didn't hesitate to express how grateful they fell about this organization. Moreover, the way of this organization's doing was also adequate, I think, because they are not trying to help people in need directly like charity, but trying to support them with more proper ways such as giving them a job or micro-finance, so that they can get financial independence. Now, I'm in charge of canvasing uncovered areas to find out somebody to help, I hope we could help them too in a proper way.
I am Vaclav from the Czech Republic and I am a volunteer at Warm Heart. Volunteering at Warm Heart surpassed my expectations because when I joined this organisation, I expected that it would be another internship with stereotypical tasks. But at Warm Heart I work on very diverse projects - such as agriculture, public health, education or finance. I have received a good coaching from my supervisors, I can get profound knowledge and skills in these areas.
I was lucky to find Warm Heart. This organization was a great place to have my first international volunteer experience. They are doing great work in northern Thailand, help take care of all your visa arrangements and have good living spaces.
When I first heard about Warm Heart I was most impressed with the fact that they stand by their children's education as far as the children want to go. Besides the 60 + they currently have in various grade levels, they are helping three in college, and several in Trade schools. They are making such a difference in the lives of children who were doomed to a life of poverty without their help.
The second thing that impressed me was the quality of the volunteers that come and help at Warm Heart. Dedicated people whose help clearly makes a difference in the success of the program.
As a grassroots organization they have been able to involve the community, working together to solve problems to alleviate the pervasive poverty that has in the past kept these people down.
I have personally contributed to several projects, and know that my money has been well spent.
Working with Warm Heart was an unforgettable experience. On arriving in rural Thailand you are welcomed into very unique situation by extremely inspiring people. Living in close quarters with Michael and Evelind (the founders) and their extended family in the Children's Home you quickly feel like a part of the Warm Heart family and the wider community. Michael and Evelind are unwaveringly passionate about their work in the community and there is so much scope to make a difference by helping on one of their many projects. The most useful volunteers will have a skill and knowledge base already as Warm Heart relies so heavily on volunteers and the input they can offer. I was the videographer and multimedia volunteer for over 3 months and found the role not only immensely rewarding but also had many opportunities to enhance my skills and challenge myself while feeling like I was providing really useful resources for their website, marketing and fundraising. I would recommend volunteering at Warm Heart to anyone that wants to experience living in another culture, make a real difference in the community and intimately learn about the inner workings of a small grassroots non-profit.
As a volunteer with Warm Heart's public health program, I was thoroughly impressed by the positive impact Warm Heart generates on the community level. Originally, Warm Heart was founded as a children's home to allow Hill Tribe children to attend school. Since then, it has expanded to include micro-enterprise, public health, and environmental programs, the latter of which has recently been awarded a grant from the U.S. Consulate.
Many of the children at Warm Heart come from communities that do not speak Thai, and therefore are behind in school from a very young age. Warm Heart gives local children the ability to learn Thai and therefore go to high school.
In my time traveling around Phrao and Chiang Mai province, the majority of people I met had only wonderful things to say about Warm Heart and how the organization has positively affected the lives of friends and family members.
I was thoroughly impressed by the tangible and measurable changes in the Phrao community as a result of Warm Heart's influence. Warm Heart is an NGO with real integrity, and any donations or time, money, or other resources are guaranteed to go toward improving the lives of local Thai people in Phrao.
After only one month, I´m sure I made the right choice by coming to Warm Heart. As my time here functions as an internship in my masters degree, it was important for me that I chose an organization that can offer a variety of projects to work on,and off course an organization that have a good working and social environment. Warm Heart has everything! The projects you work on really challenge you and you learn to think in new ways. After a long day of work, you have other volunteers you can explore this beautiful country with!