If you want to learn more about the Spring Semester in Thailand program, you can check out their website or email Dr. Leming for more information. He will be happy to work with you to go on this trip. If he doesn't answer immediately, he may be in the jungle somewhere, and they tend to have terrible Wi-Fi.
Here's the paper, entitled "Reverse Culture Shock: Feeling Foreign at Home." by Carolyn Vermazen. I know it's a little long, but it's worth the read.
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Probably the hardest part of reverse culture shock is that it is usually a complete surprise as one does not anticipate to feel culture shock in their native culture. “When sojourners who are returning from a culture that is generally assumed to be not very different from the home culture… reentry problems are not anticipated and will not be identified as such, and reverse culture shock may be especially severe” (Wang 1997).
Exchange students and other international travelers all experience reverse culture shock, and is not something that can quickly be dealt with and forgotten, but rather a lengthy process in which one must continually strive to rediscover and find a place for themselves in their native culture. Reverse culture shock goes through four stages: euphoria and enthusiasm, disillusionment and negativism, gradual adaptation, and finally they will come to a stable place of bicultural competence (White).