My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Warm Heart Worldwide Inc, Highland Park, NJ, USA
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!