Overcoming Culture Shock And Engaging With The Locals In Thailand

on January 8, 2015

Jon Harman shares with us his incredible story about how he overcame culture shock and became a member of the local community where he lived and worked while teaching English in Thailand.

Jon came across a box of stray puppies one day on the way to work which he decided to feed and care for from that point onward.

It wasn’t soon after that members from the community started to drop by every day with food and supplies for the animals.

Jon discovers stray puppies abandoned in Thailand

This was Jon’s most cherishable moment teaching in Thailand and a great example of how giving the Thai people are and how important the small things in life are.

Jon with Thai kids

Many teachers suffer from culture shock when first arriving at their accommodation and job placements in Thailand as the living conditions and local culture are so different to what one is used to back home.

But, quickly overtime it is this cross-cultural experience that becomes something that one will cherish and miss the most. The local Thai people are some of the most caring, giving and loving people to inhabit this beautiful world and do their very best to make those around them as happy as can be.

Jon soon discovered this and was fortunate to be given the opportunity to give back to his local community in some way.

This is just one of the reasons why Jon hasn’t left the “land of smiles” yet.

Teach in Thailand on English camp

Jon is now teaching in Bangkok where he is ever-so happy and loving every minute of it. Thanks for sharing this moment with us Jon! It is great to hear about We wish you all the best for your future.

We hope that Jon’s story about overcoming culture shock and engaging with the locals in Thailand helps those of you beginning your teaching adventures in Thailand.

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About Stu Brown

Stu has always carried with him a passion for exploring the world through work and travel experiences.

After a year-long adventure working at a school in London and travelling throughout Europe, Stu began his tertiary studies at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Social Dynamics.

He also holds a 120-Hour internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate and understands what it takes to teach and travel responsibly. As TravelBud CEO he understands that truly exciting and life-changing adventures only happen when you step outside your comfort zone; and not a day goes by when he doesn’t challenge the team to do the same!

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