Name: Siriwan Sura (Pompaem)
Department: Trade Fairs
Internship Period: 1 June – 31 July 2017
Motto: “Actions speak louder than words”
Tell us about your hometown!
I was born in a province called Surin, which is located in the Northeast of Thailand. Surin is also well-known as the village of elephants. Adjacent to Cambodia, it has a lot of ancient stone temples, made of red bricks and about 1,500-2,000 years old. I further moved to Nakhonratchasima Province, widely known as “Korat”, which also has a lot of interesting things such as historical stone sites, national parks, beautiful waterfalls, traditional ceremonies such as the candle parade, a lot of tourist attractions, and delicious food like Pad-mi Korat, Kamomjeen, etc.
Why did you choose to do an internship at the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce?
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (German for Career is my major!) at the Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The reason why I chose to do my internship with the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce is that I believe the chamber plays an important role in supporting Thailand’s economy. In addition, this is a good chance for me to learn how to work with Germans & other people and gain new experiences. Following my recent internship activities at the chamber’s Trade Fair department, I have learned a lot of new things and this encourages me to cope myself with the working environment in the real world.
What are, in your opinion, the most significant differences and similarities between German and Thai people?
In my opinion, People from Thailand and Germany are different in terms of their culture, values and lifestyles. For example, regarding the way of their greeting, Thais take a small bow to say hello to someone while Germans shake hands. Furthermore, traditions and of course the food are completely different. Germans eat a lot of bread and the Thais will enjoy rice! However, from another perspective I think that Thailand and Germany are very similar with respect to education. People from both countries really pay attention to qualified and higher education.
What makes your day?
A chance to discuss and share the story with all colleagues makes my day, especially if we are all happy together. 🙂