Name: Ansgar Schaefer Department: GTDEE Internship Period: 29 May – 30 November 2017 Motto: “Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” Tell us about your hometown! I’m from Bad Hersfeld, a small town in the middle of Germany. You might find it on the return address … Continue reading Welcome Ansgar from Bad Hersfeld!
As most of the interns, I was quiet astonished when my colleagues announced that everyone should get ready for the Office Songkran Blessings, which were supposed to heralding the start of Thailand’s New Year. Although I was aware of the country’s popular water festival, which later definitely surpassed my initial expectations, I got positively surprised when realizing that Songkran is by far more spiritually oriented … Continue reading Songkran 2017 – A tradition in Change: From Spirituality to Massive Water Fights
GTCC Department: Membership, Event & Communications Internship Period: 24 April – 25 August 2017 Motto: Follow your heart, but do not lose your head! Tell us about your hometown? Hi! While describing my place of birth, I need to admit that basically it would not be like “town”. Considering roughly 500 inhabitants it should rather be called village. Exactly there appears one advantage of this way … Continue reading Welcome Timo from Butjadingen
GTCC Department: Consultancy Services Internship Period: 1 April – 30 June Motto: “Happiness depends upon ourselves” Why did you choose to come to Thailand & do an internship at GTCC? I chose to do my internship in Bangkok at GTCC because it is a perfect opportunity to experience a completely different culture. I have never been to Southeast Asia before, so it is a new, interesting environment … Continue reading Welcome Leonie from Gehlenbeck
Although I had the chance to visit quite a few countries within South–East Asia, the Kingdom of Cambodia was still an unfamiliar place to me that I had not explored yet and which further seemed to be promising in terms of adventure, nightlife, its cultural identity and sad truth about its traumatic past. Since the Royal Thai Embassy in The Hague did not have the … Continue reading Cambodia – Scams at the Border, The Killing Fields & a country’s desperate call for an economically secured life
While other interns decided to go south and visit some of the Thai islands for the long weekend, I took a different approach. Early Saturday morning I took a train at 6.40 a.m. to the historic city of Ayutthaya, which lies only 1.5 hours north of Bangkok. So instead of sunny beaches, I got to take a look at the ruins of what once was … Continue reading Ayutthaya – My mini-marathon ride with a tuk-tuk
Although I have just started with my internship at GTCC, I already had the chance to accompany the Membership, Event and Communications team for a site visit to a factory in Pathumtani in the morning and joined a networking event later at night. Our site visit started at 10 a.m. The team took a van to Pathumtani, a city located about 30 km north of … Continue reading My first impressions of the German- Thai community