Are You Ready for a Rewarding Adventure?

Warm Heart is a grassroots organization that empowers Thai villagers. Working with the community, Warm Heart organizes projects that improve access to education, basic health services, and jobs and sustainable incomes to the poorest people in the Phrao District of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The new ASEAN Union has put Thailand in competition with our better-educated neighbors. English is the official language of ASEAN and it is an essential skill our young people must possess to seize the opportunities ASEAN offers.

Warm Heart partners with a small elementary school for minority children from the mountains and directly supports almost 20% of students. The school is terribly understaffed in all subjects, but has never had an English teacher – and will certainly never have one without Warm Heart’s help.

 

Position Overview

Warm Heart seeks an adventurous retired teacher to teach English at Ton Roong School. The Thai school year runs May to March, but you can start as soon as you are available. Come join us and be a part of the Warm Heart community of international volunteers and Thai staff.

Primary Responsibilities

• Teach grade 1-6 English at the Ton Roong School. Schedule can be negotiated with the principal, but the normal load is 4-5 hours per day, 5 days per week.

• Possible teaching at the Warm Heart Children’s Homes during after school homework and extra class time.

Experience/Skills

• Many years of previous experience as a teacher, ESL/TESL experience helpful but not required.

• Flexibility and patience to motivate students with a range of skill levels

• Ability to think creatively and function in a diverse workplace (think fundamentally different cultural setting)

Working for a start-up NGO in a foreign country, especially one located in a small town, places special demands on volunteers. Volunteer ESL/TESL teachers will work in a Thai school with Thai colleagues who do things entirely differently than they are done at home.

Students will be minority children from largely illiterate families. The work is demanding and can prove difficult at times due to linguistic and cultural barriers. However, teachers are given the highest respect in Thai culture, and you will be treated as royalty.

Warm Heart therefore requires volunteers who have excellent interpersonal and diversity skills, lots of patience, perseverance and endurance. Warm Heart also requires initiative-taking individuals who are self-starting, flexible and self-managing.

Bottom line: We serve real people with real needs and we need only volunteers ready to accept the intellectually, professionally, and personally challenging work we offer. Being a “volunteer” at Warm Heart means only that you are not being paid for your work; it does not mean that you carry any less responsibility for the promises we have made to the people of Phrao.

Location

Volunteering at Warm Heart is an opportunity to immerse oneself in both authentic Thai culture and the beautiful mountains surrounding Warm Heart’s location in Phrao. Local villagers will welcome you to share in the simple pleasure of day-to-day life, while Phrao’s north central location provides the perfect base camp to explore the rest Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Warm Heart’s offices and Ton Roong School are conveniently located just 70 kilometers north of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city, where all the comforts of Western culture can be found.

Duration

A minimum one year commitment is required. The kids need the continuity and you will begin to feel at home only after you’ve been here a few months.

Benefits

• You will make a real difference. You will meet the people whose lives you are changing – kids and families – and the changes you will bring will be big: jobs and sustainable incomes.

• You will leverage your experience for good. Here’s an amazing opportunity to take your talents on the road.

• You will gain an entirely new appreciation of your own professional skills. For years you may have been doing the same old same old; here the expertise you bring is unique. What you have to offer is literally the key to the future for children whose families have cycled through poverty for generations.

• You will grow. Really. You are on your own in a strange place working with a staff of Thais on the real problems of real people. It’s like human growth hormone for the soul.

• You will meet cool people. Warm Heart volunteers come from everywhere from Australia to Vietnam. You will have the chance to develop close-knit friendships with other volunteers as well as the locals.

Costs

Unlike many volunteer programs, Warm Heart does not charge a participation fee or require a donation. We will help you with a 1-year Visa and assist you with finding accommodations in the town of Phrao.

Living costs are extremely cheap. On your pension, you’ll be a big spender – or a big saver – according to your own lights. Consider this an invitation to the exotic adventure vacation you could never afford before!

 

Apply Today!

 

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