Finally a guy joining the team!

 

2017-08-12 15.34.16When I was in the Rockies I already heard some people say: “I’ve never seen that guy before, but he looks so cool” and “Wow, who is that awesome dude in the back of the buss?” To most of you I already gave an answer to that question, but for the rest of you, I will help you out. Let me introduce myself.

My parents gave me the name Bart when I was born. I am a 22-year-old student from the Netherlands (yes, from the stroopwafels). Right now I am doing the study Leisure managent at the really cool city called Breda. For all of you considering going to the Netherlands, make sure you visit that city one day.

2017-08-13 11.12.48For my internship I chose to go far away from all the rain and snow back home, so I decided to do my internship abroad. When I was looking on the Internet I saw INTERNeX has a place for me to do my internship. I was really excited while reading all the things they do and I heard some great stories from Danielle. Fun fact: Danielle used to be my babysitter when I was a first-year student at college. So back to my story, I decided to go to the always-sunny Vancouver where it never rains. I was wrong about that part. However, I am really glad I can do my internship here.

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My first day at the office was a very hard day. First we talked about what we are going to do these weeks. Then it was time to buy a PlayStation 4 and grab a pizza. After that, Danielle and Tess came by to bring us some beers. The rest of the day we talked about the great things they have been through during their time here. You can imagine how tired I was after this long day at the office.

I am really excited to meet the rest of you who didn’t go to the Rockies. I am also really excited to speak to everybody again who did go to the Rockies, no worries 😉 Hope to see you all tonight at the PuB NiGHT!

– Bart

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Becoming a part of the new PR Team

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My name is Mandy Janssen and I will be joining the new PR team until the beginning of March. I will be helping to organize the PuB NiGHTS and the weekly and monthly events. I already met some of you lovely people during the amazing Rockies trip but for the people I haven’t met yet I will shortly introduce myself.

I am 21 years old and I am from a small city called Eindhoven in The Netherlands. I am studying International Event Management which is part of the Leisure program and for this study I will do a practicum here with INTERNeX in the beautiful city of Vancouver.

In my free time I love to hang out with friends at a bar or club, going to the cinema with them, go shopping or just grab something to eat in a nice restaurant.

One of my biggest passions in life is music, I have always been surrounded by music and I learned to play the keyboard and I follow singing classes as well. One thing that I also do in my free time is working as a first-aider at different events. So if any of you ever needs a first-aider during one of the events, I will be glad to help you.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you tonight at the PuB NiGHT!

– Mandy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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PR-team Adventures

Bowen Island is a cute little island, which you can reach by ferry from the Horseshoe bay terminal. It is great for hiking, touring and for water activities. About two weeks ago I decided to go to Bowen Island again, as I already did a hike there, I decided to go on a little adventure on the water this time.

We went on a Tuesday, as kayaking is two for the price of one on this day. This is also the case for double kayaks, but then you are paying half the price. We didn’t look up the schedule, as I thought that the ferry would go every hour. However, the hour we arrived they had a break and skipped one hour, which meant that we had to wait for quite a while.

20597183_10209637728721006_5804068957476516703_nAs it was great weather, we decided to sit on the upper deck, so we could see all the surroundings during our journey to Bowen Island. I always like to be on a ferry, as it gives me a feeling that I am having a boat tour. Besides that, the views in Vancouver never get old.

Once we arrived at Bowen Island, we immediately went to the kayak rental. The first few minutes they explained us how to kayak and then we could finally start our adventure. I was really glad that my boyfriend already did kayaking beforehand, which was also the reason why he had to go on the spot in the back. Here you need to give all the directions to the kayak.

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In the beginning my arms were hurting all the time, but after a while I got over the pain and could fully enjoy the activity and the surroundings. We went all the way to the top of the island and back. On our way we saw a lot of other people who did kayaking and also saw the ferry pass a few times.

As we got more comfortable with kayaking, we started singing together. Sometimes we embarrassed ourselves a bit, as we were singing some really bad songs. However, it made it way more fun. We already reached the top of the island pretty fast and therefore we took it a bit slower on our way back. In this way we could really take in the beautiful views that we had from our kayak.

After our adventure we tried to find a chocolate shop that my roommate recommended, but unfortunately all the shops at Bowen Island closes at 5 PM already and so was the chocolate shop. Then we decided to go back to Vancouver again.

I hope to talk to you about all your adventures from this weekend tonight at PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

 

The Rockies Summer Trip by Iris

On Monday we came back from our amazing Rockies trip. Once again, it became one of my highlights of my stay. Thanks to everyone who joined on our Rockies trip, Westtrek, our great busdriver Darren and our amazing tour guide Janel.

20170811_091446Friday was finally the time to go to the Rockies and I was so excited that I barely slept the day beforehand. I could see that more people lacked some sleep, as a lot of people were getting coffees in Tim Hortons or tried to catch some sleep in the bus. The drive to Valemount was pretty long, so luckily we had enough stops along the way. Our first stop was at Hope, where everybody had time to get a coffee, breakfast and explore the town. We went to see the river and made a few pictures of it. After that we continued our journey to Kamloops, where we could get lunch in the mall. When all our stomachs were filled, we started driving to Spahat Falls. This is a cute little waterfall near Clearwater. As it was so small, you could take pictures with it with the water coming from your nose or mouth. Then we continued our journey to Valemount. On the way to Valemount, we were a bit unlucky, as there was a forest fire. The police blocked the road and we weren’t able to get to our hotel. According to the news, it would take about 2 hours for the road to open again, so we went back to Blue River to wait for new updates. After an hour we heard that the road would not open till the morning, so Janel tried to arrange an hotel in Kamloops. We tried to make the best out of the situation, so some of our group even started dancing on the music. When Janel could not arrange a hotel in Kamloops, he called the police for us. Apparently the road was open again, so the decision was made to get back to the hotel again. We were really happy 20170811_145832that we still could get to the hotel, because if we would have gone back to Kamloops, we would have needed to wake up 3 hours earlier. This made the bus drive even longer, but not less fun. During our long bus drive we played games with the whole bus. One of the games was called “Speeddating”. Basically, one side was just switching seats and you had a short time to get to know them. It was really nice to get to know people besides our INTERNeX gang. We also played another game during our long bus ride. While playing the game, Janel would mention a certain item. This item had to be brought to the back of the bus and then back to Janel. The row that managed to do it first won. Besides that we also sang a lot together and turned the bus a bit in a party bus. When we finally got to the hotel, we still went to the Cowboy ranch where we ate dinner, did line dancing and tried to catch a bull with a lasso.

On Saturday our adventure in the Rockies really started. We drove a short way to Mt. Robson where we had breakfast. Then we drove further to Jasper. On the way to Jasper something special happened, we drove into another time zone. The clock had to be forwarded 1 hour. This was sometimes confusing, because one of my phones didn’t change automatically while the other one did. In Jasper we could get lunch for at the Columbia icefields, as it can be really expensive there. I chose to do the Snocoach on this day, which was one of the optional activities. During the Snocoach we drove in a big tank up to the glacier. It was really nice to see all the snow in Canada again, because in a way I missed it a bit. Here we could try out the fresh water from the glacier. Besides that we also made a few great pictures in front of the mountain. After the Snocoach we drove up to Peyto lake, which was the first really blue lake that we saw on our journey. 20915875_1862323020449807_1096242011_nI was amazed by the amazing blue water and made some great pictures in front of the lake. Then it was time for the second lake of our big trip: Bow Lake. At Bow Lake we could do the Polar Wolf Swim. Basically, we ran with the whole group into the water, because that seemed easier. However, in my opinion the water did not get warmer while I was swimming in it, so I got out of it really soon. We all quickly changed back into our normal clothes and drove to our second hotel. We did not stay really long at that hotel, as we had to get dinner and then had to meet at the pub for pre-drinks. The drinks in the pub were really cheap, so a great place for pre-drinks for our big party in Banff. After getting some drinks we went to the club to dance the night away.

20170813_080315The next day a lot of people were still recovering from the day before. We already had to leave really early in order to see all the lakes that day. Our first stop was at Lake Minnewanka where we had breakfast again. After I finished my food, I decided to explore the lake for a bit and make pictures together with Lea. On the way back to the bus we also saw big horn sheep walking away and luckily I got the chance to make a picture of them as well. Then we drove further to one of the more famous lakes of the Rockies, Lake Louise. We first did a hike to a hidden spot. From this hidden spot, you could make a beautiful picture of the lake without all the tourists on it. After I got pictures from the lake, I decided to go back to the lake and enjoy the view from the bottom. However, I could not spend a lot of time there, as I already did a long hike before that. After time at the lake itself, we could either choose to go to Lake Louise village or do the Lake Louise gondola. I decided to do the Lake Louise gondola, which meant that I could also enjoy the 20170813_122705all you can eat buffet beforehand. The food was really good and after I ate I was ready to go up to the top of the gondola. Franz, Alex and I took the open gondola, as we wanted to make sure that we could make nice pictures if we would spot a bear on the way to the top. Unfortunately we didn’t see any bears. Once on the top, we did a hike which took us to a really nice viewing point. From there you could see the mountains on the back and the clouds also added something mystical. As I was a bit late, I had to sing a song in front of the bus. I decided to sing “Het is een nacht”, which is a famous Dutch song. It was fun to see Danielle and Bart singing along, which made it less awkward for me. After enjoying the amazing view at the top of the gondola, it was finally time to go to the best lake in the Rockies, which I think is Moraine Lake. Moraine Lake is the most blue lake in the Rockies and great for pictures. We hiked a short time to get a better view of the lake and made a picture there. I was so amazed by the blue color of the lake. I also tried to make one on the rocks, which was really scary for me. After Moraine Lake we 20170813_160458continued our way to another amazing lake, namely Emerald Lake. A lot of people decided to do canoeing. I went together with Lea and Merle. We all got a paddle and I think we were doing a pretty good job with directing the boat. On the lake we were enjoying the views of the mountains and the beautiful lake. After that we drove up to the Mountain View Cabins. There were only a few cabins, which basically meant that we were the only one at the cabins. We had a great BBQ and then I explored the area a bit. After that I played a game with Dawid, Marko, Mandy, Tess and Nathalie. I ended that night early, while others decided to party.

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After getting breakfast we already had to drive back to Vancouver. It was a long way back to Vancouver, so we played some games again, watched a movie and also had a few great stops. We had one stop at Kelowna to get lunch. We got pizza and ate this next to the lake. We also had one more stop next to a beautiful mountain. On our way we got a bit unlucky again, as there was an accident on the highway near Chilliwack. At the end of our trip it was an emotional goodbye, as Danielle, Tess and Merle are almost leaving.

I hope you had a great time in the Rockies, because I certainly did! See you soon at PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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What to do on the weekend

It is Friday and it is only a few hours till you can get outside and start your weekend. There is a lot going on in Vancouver this weekend, so if you don’t have any plans yet, you can use this blogpost for some inspiration.

Today the INTERNeX gang is going to start their journey to the Rockies. During this trip we will visit some really beautiful lakes and places. However, if you do not join us at the Rockies, then there are still a lot of things you can do.

This Saturday is special, as you could get the chance to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower. This is one of the most popular meteor showers, as you can see between 150 – 200 meteors an hour. The peak of the meteor shower was on Thursday and will be on Saturday morning approximately between midnight and 3 AM. Try to find a place where there are no clouds and not too many lights to be able to catch a glimpse of this amazing happening. If you do not have time to watch it on Saturday, you are still able to see them on days before and after, but not as many as during the peak.

19105975_10209195261219595_4886294145526156925_nBesides this there are also quite some festivals and events happening in Vancouver this weekend. On Saturday the TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival starts, which is a 2-day cultural festival taking place in Chinatown. You could also go to the Richmond Maritime Festival. This is a free 2-day festival that takes place at the Britannia Shipyard in Steveston Village.

If you are more into art, you could go to the art market at Napier Greenway which takes place on Sunday. While wandering around the market, you can enjoy the live music. If you are really into shopping, then you should definitely go to the Summer Swap event at Burnaby Central Secondary. The entrance fee is $10 and besides that you also need to take 10 good-quality clothing items to donate. In return you can take unlimited clothes home with you.

I hope you are having a great weekend and hope to see you at either the Rockies trip or next week’s PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

“I will never be completely home again” – Tess

I left the Netherlands the 11th of Januari 2017. A date I was freaking out, and a date that was going to change my life forever. I didn’t realize this really around that time, but I do now, and I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to come to Vancouver to flip my life around.

A few days before that exact date I threw a party, to say goodbye to everybody. My friends gave me a book then, full of stories about our friendships and me. A book I was going to take a look at a lot during my time in Vancouver. A book that gave me two guidelines for my time here, and maybe for the rest of my life:

“ Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

“ Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it”

And although my suitcases are packed full of new clothes since shopping is just cheaper for me here, I do really think life is all about adventures and taking risks. Doubting? Just do it! This international experience has only done me good and it would not have been the same without Internex and what Internex brought me.

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I learned so much in the office and it is all because the people there are always very supportive and gave me the opportunity to reach goals I didn’t even dream of yet. Together with the team I organised many PuB NiGHTS, weekly events and monthly trips for you! Some of them were really good, and some of them were just great! The success of our events is all because of you, our candidates, who always make it even more eventful for us. I really want to thank all of you for always being there, showing up and even do stuff together aside of Internex events. In the end that is all we want, for you to make friendships and to have an awesome time here together.

20170430_170549Me myself made friends for life here as well, friends who made my time a blast here! I can’t believe what activities and weird stuff I all did with you. Like the time Nicola and me thought it was a great idea to go snowboarding while being hungover. I laughed so much that day and in the end I was going down the hill circling around, which was pretty cool since I’ve never done that before. I also think we went on like 3 goodbye dinners, since we were not that good in leaving each other! I’m sure I will see this girl very soon again.

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One of my other best memories is a surfing trip I made with Iris and Merle to Tofino.Catching those waves all together on a lovely Sunday morning was one of the best feelings I ever experienced, and I am happy they were part of that. Or just always having lovely Miriam and Sebastian around, who were here almost my entire stay. I adored the time I spend with you! And our lovely Mexican girl Blanca, who made everybody tostada’s on Danielles birthday party. It is really those little things I appreciate the most and you all contributed making my adventure so remarkable.

“Havo stories to tell, not stuff to show”

20479642_10203416092358766_5913697107759519650_nI had the honour to catch al our candidates stories and experiences through my project: the Candidate Exposé, which you might already have seen popping up on this blog. I am thankful that I was able to build this project and to execute it, and to always read your kind words about the work Internex is doing. Our stories together are captured in a few yearbooks, which you can find on the tables at Internex. I hope the book and the blogs make people decide to come to Canada for an experience similar like ours, since I am convinced it will be really good for everybody to have an international experience.
Vancouver and mostly you stole a piece of my heart. It’ s so hard for me to put my experiences on paper since it is just beyond words. I have a hard time saying goodbye to all of you, and unfortunately I already had to say goodbye a lot of times over the past months, which is also a part of this adventure. I do know though it is not going to be a goodbye for a long time. I will see some of you soon, and some later, but I am convinced our journeys will cross again some time. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it, so always go for it and get the best out of everything! I am curious what life is going to bring you, and me, because what the hell are we going to do when we are back home?

I am sure everything will fall into place very soon and I can look forward to my next adventure, meet even more people and create new experiences, but I always have a big one to look back to.

I will never be completely home again, because part of my heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price I paid for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. Thank you lovely candidates, Internex, Vancouver and Canada for stealing a piece of my heart.

– Tess

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Review: PuB NiGHT at The Lamplighter

Yesterday’s PuB NiGHT was at the Lamplighter. It was great to see you all there, thank you all for coming!

The Lamplighter is part of the Donnelly Group. The pub organizes several events such as Pub trivia on Tuesdays and Bourbon Bingo on Wednesdays. It offers quite some beers and ciders. Besides that they also have a good selection of cocktails, with one on special every week.

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Yesterday was Tess and Danielle’s last PuB NiGHT and we made sure that it was a good one. We started off with Bourbon bingo as it is one of our favourite things to do in Vancouver. As we were with a really big group and we had luck at our side, we won a lot of the rounds. Eventually it looked like it was us against the rest of the pub. In total we won 6 times, with one person winning 20 bourbon shots. After that we decided to go to The Met for some karaoke, because there is no last PuB NiGHT without karaoke! We sang our favourite song “We are all in this together” from High School Musical with the whole group. There were also people who were a bit more brave and sang some songs with just a few other people.

It was great that you all came to say goodbye to Tess and Danielle! See you in the Rockies or next week’s PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com