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Ex Pat Residents and Thais: Improve your Relations

Bringing harmony and happiness into inter cultural relations

Bridging Cross Cultural Divides: training designed for Southeast Asian people and Western Expats, farangs, in Southeast Asia.

Living in harmony in Southeast Asia depends on cross cultural understanding and the acceptance of differences.  Understanding culture is very important for good communication leading to better relations and harmony.

Living in Southeast Asia, like in any different culture, always presents challenges for the ex pat, the outsider.  Language is the first barrier.  Just think about ex pats and immigrants in your own home country!    

But the language barrier is just the tip of the iceberg.  We all come from different cultures with values, practices, ceremonies and ways of communicating with one another that are not quite the same.  Young people have their culture and other subcultures too.  They have their own codes even if they speak the same language!

Southeast Asian culture is very polite and smiling, but even this can cause misunderstandings, even conflicts in a cross cultural work context!

After this cross culture training the Western resident in Thailand will:

·  Have gained a better understanding of Thai culture, thinking and values that are critical to success in work and life in Thailand
·  Understand why relationships (both professional  and personal) are so important and how they are maintained
·  Better understand how Southeast Asians respond to different ways of communication, problems and conflicts
·  Have some basic grasp of the Thai language
·  Feel more comfortable!
Openmind Projects volunteer training is designed to provide Western participants with valuable understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asian culture in the context of work and life.


Our training is also designed to provide Southeast Asian people, teachers and others with an important understanding of Western culture in the context of work and life.

What we will discuss and cover

·  Communication and culture patterns:  differences between Western and Southeast Asian communication styles
·  Understanding body language: Western versus Thai smiles, bowing, wai-ing, sitting, hugging, pointing
·  Differences between Western and Southeast Asian social hierarchy and saving/losing face. Understanding your place in relationships
·  Relations and results in Southeast Asia and the West
·  Problem and conflict management in the West and Southeast Asia
·  Some special aspects of Southeast Asia: social circles, values, hearts (jais)
·  Differences between Southeast Asian and Western organizations at work

Also Etiquette in Southeast Asia

Important Do and Don’ts
·  What to avoid
·  How-to earn respect: dressing, behaving, speaking