Some countries believe air conditioning ruins your body

While I was teaching, students and parents would complain about how much I used the air conditioner.

For nearly a decade, I taught middle school in a foreign country. Though I could have made a fortune teaching English overseas, I decided to volunteer my efforts, asking only for a meager salary to provide for my daily necessities. I realized in that decade that there are many differences between foreign countries and our own. In the country that I was in, there was a lot of controversy over the use of air conditioners while it was hot. They believed air conditioning should only be used while it is cold because our bodies were accustomed to handling the cold. During the summer, they were firmly against using the air conditioner, especially if it is hot outside. They said that the air conditioner would make you sick and that the heat was good for your body. Nearly every public place had no air conditioning. Some of them even believed that air conditioners caused cancer, and refused to use them. If any of the people in this city used the air conditioner, they would set the thermostat to 90 degrees, which defeated the whole point of having an air conditioner. While I was teaching, students and parents would complain about how much I used the air conditioner. I wasn’t going to have it though. I always used my air conditioner. I was volunteering to teach in a foreign nation, but I wasn’t volunteering to live without an air conditioner. These kids were obviously hot, and without the air conditioner, the room always smelled terrible! It never ceases to amaze me how different other cultures can be!

 

 

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