During my "Sabatår", a year off after high-school untill you resume your education or decide to enter the job market. After working as a substitute teacher for 3 months, I left for an internship that I had applied for after have hearing about it through my father. I figured that I could work during the week and then at night go out and discover the city and in the weekends perhaps go see other cities nearby Bangkok.
This experience turned out to one of the most testing periods of my young life so far. Being dropped into a new country with a very unique culture far from ones own and with an entirely different work ethic than one that I had seen in any of my former jobs. They were very industrious often time working one or two hours overtime with out complaining and simply because they took pride in their workplace. While I was there I learned some Thai to try to dismantle the existing language barriers that a Dane has in a country where with a population with a finite English vocabulary but I must admit I could probably have made a greater effort. However the custom that you cannot discuss politics, society or personal life with people you aren't your family or life-long friends hampered the subjects that you could talk about when no customers needed to be served.
This however gave me a lot of time with own thoughts. I changed my desired field of study while I was there and I came to savor my friendships and my family back home. Could I go back in time I would probably have made a greater effort to hang-on to the co-workers and friends I made in Thailand but this was a tumultous time in my life so I had to make sense of myself and who I was. Working abroad gave me a great opportunity to blossom socially although I perhaps due to my age was a bit inhibited socially.
But I Partied on Khao-San Road, Learned to Cook Thai Food, Joined a Kareoke Party, Biked Through the Slums of Bangkok, Partied on Koh Samet, Dined at Streetkitchens, Lived on my Own, Made Friends in Other Countries, Worked for a Five-Star Hotel and many other exciting things, so all I can say is go for it.