Street for street

We’re a small bunch trying to figure out how we can use our skills to help others. How can we contribute to change and a better future for someone? I’m not sure if our thoughts and dreams are realistic, but it’s always a good start to put creative and enthusiastic minds together.


To be continued


OMP Social Media

I spent a month planning long term strategies for Openmind Projects social media platforms. My objectives were to ensure good quality content, to promote OMP in a good way and inspire people to support or volunteer.

We decided to have different themes for our social media content for OMP, and I made scheduled posts for the next six months. This meant a lot of planning, but a lot of fun and creating work as well. We interviewed the people at the centre, and a trainee at the centre took some photos that we are posting on the website and on social media. This will be a part of a series of profiles that shows OMP from a personal perspective – from the trainees, the volunteers and the staffs’ personal view.These posts will appear once a week on the Openmind Projects page on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I decided that black and white will make the theme consistent, and I hope that it gives the message that we want: That OMP is a great place to learn, but also to meet remarkable people from around the world. We also decided to use direct quotes, and I actually think it is so adorable how the quotes reflect their English skills.

We are all here to learn.

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 “My favorite thing about OMP is they are my family, I love them like brother and sister” – Phouthalak Saipasueth “Air”, learning English and IT as a trainee at Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“We cooperate good together, and I like to be as a group together, everyone contribute, it is teamwork. When we have activity we try to do together. I want to help people in my village to learn English and computer. Because it is in countryside, most of people from farmer family, they not have much money” – Ayy Sinthala (21) has been a volunteer at Openmind Projects Training Centre in Nong Khai, Thailand for 6 months, learning English and IT.

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“My favourite thing about OMP is the people. They are welcoming, exited to learn and they want your input” – Stephanie Proh (25) from Australia. Volunteer at Openmind Projects Training Centrein Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“I came to OMP because the organisation is not that big, so you can have more direct contact with the target and impact” – Joseph Riera (26) from Spain. Volunteer at Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“Omp is very good for me. Because opportunity for everybody to learning about English and IT. I think OMP is family” – Kem Chanthaseng (19) has been a trainee with us for 5 months learning English and IT at our Training Centre in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“My favorite thing about OMP is the fact that everyone works together like a family and helps each other. There’s no strict rules or hierarchy. The atmosphere is very energetic and loving” – Åshild Aarø (21) from Norway. Volunteer at Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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The 3 day training is really good. I don’t think any other organisation offers that service, with the culture and language teaching. I like the center, because we’re working with locals on a daily basis and making new friends from all over the world.” – Alan Hendrick (30) from Ireland, volunteer at Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“My favourite thing about OMP is many chances for people to learn with foreigners, to learn and speak English. Before I was scared to speak to foreigners because I didn’t know English” – Gorrowan Joompaula “Kai” is one of our staff here at Openmind Projects, and she has been with us for seven years now at our Training Centre in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“After Openmind Projects, I like to be a tour guide and open a restaurant. Someday!” – Bou Lai Phimasone (21) has been a trainee with us for six months learning English and IT at Openmind Projects Training Centre in Nongkhai, Thailand.

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“After OMP, I think I will go to help teach English for students in rural areas, because OMP helped me to learn English and I like to share this skill with children who don’t know English” – Chakkich Lattanavongza “Lieng” (21), learning English and IT as a trainee at the Openmind Projects centre in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“My favorite thing about OMP is the learning style, learning by doing, because now I know how to learn for myself. Before, I don’t know my future, what I want to do, OMP helps me to know what I do in the future. Now I have many ideas” – Ei Zin Moe (20) from Myanmar, learning English and IT at Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“You can never know what to expect when you travel around the world and volunteer; It’s not about making money- this is about helping people, contributing and learning” – Mari Abrahamsen (22) from Norway. Volunteer at Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“I want a third of my life to be giving back. I wanted to do something in Asia. I researched NGOs and OMP was the most responsive, Sven was very good at getting back to me. Because it is a smaller organisation, it’s more personal” – Mike Fulton from the US. Volunteer at Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“I am a teacher, I came to OMP to learn speaking English. In the evening play volleyball and listen to music. It is fun. I like conversation with everyone because I want to learn English. Makes me glad. Because next year I will teach English at my school” – Kharn Vannalath was a trainee with us for 3 months to learn English and IT at our Training Centre in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“I came to OMP because I wanted to improve my life, so I can get a better job not work at the factory all my life. And that’s why here I am!” – Joiy Vongnalath (23), working permenantly at Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand.

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“My favourite thing about OMP is that it is a small and local NGO, everyone works together as a team. It’s more than just teaching” – Malin Claesson (21), volunteer at Openmind Projects in Nong Khai, Thailand and Tonal Dach Village, Cambodia.

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Sven, one of the co-founders. Will post interview tomorrow.

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Toto, the other co-founder of the project. Will post interview tomorrow.

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Jim, will post interview tomorrow

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“My favorite thing about OMP is that we stay as a family, we work as a team” – Supphachai Glinglan “Best” (24), learning English and IT as a trainee at OMP in Nongkhai, Thailand.

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“Everyone you meet here is very friendly and positive. All the OMP staff wants the trainees to learn, and the trainees are really positive and enthusiastic. It’s a kind and encouraging atmosphere. Everyone wants everyone to succeed” Coral Fleming (23). Volunteer with us at our Training Centre in Nong Khai, Thailand.

So there you have them, the OMP team at the moment. Trainees and volunteers come and go, but this is the OMP family at the moment. And I really really really like it.


I have been participating in a huge competition this spring. Adecco was searching for a student to be their CEO for a month. 5500 students took the initial tests, and after a month of interviews, ability- and iq tests and different personality tests, I was suddenly one of ten finalists. The new challenge was to make a video about what future leaders should focus on in concern to challenges in the society. I chose to focus my short movie on sustainability and ethics. I had to find someone who could shoot the short film, make the script, plan everything, shoot it and edit it in only 40 hours. The short film turned out great, people voted for my candidacy and I won the challenge.

Because I won this challenge, I flew to Oslo with five other finalists for a preparation day before the finale. We met with Svein Tore Bergestuen, who thaught us so much about communication and commented on our presentation techniques. Such an inspiring day. It felt good to get some actual feedback and information on how to improve.

Finale day. 1 winner. A presentation in front of a jury consisting of the director of UNICEF Norway, amongst others. 15 minutes to convince the jury that I was the right woman for the job. They did not choose me, and I actually feel good about it. It felt good to loose. The girl who won (Amalie Holt) was amazing. She was true CEO material. I’m more of a small leader kindah gal. I think. I know I have it in me, but I do not know if a career as a leader is something I want to pursue. I like people. I like to be surrounded by happy people. And most of all I like to make people happy. A CEO has to fire people. A CEO has to make peoples’ lives miserable sometimes. Maybe I’m just not old enough for that environment. Nevertheless, it is not my cup of tea just yet.

However, the experience was outstanding. I networked with so many interesting people. I learned so much about myself. The feedback I got was so aptly, and I will take it with me and improve.