Allow me to introduce…the new men in the PR-Office!

A week full of new people and their stories, a week of new impression and exercises, a week of fun and curiosity, a week of… There are so many possibilities to describe my first week in Vancouver. It ran so fast, that I actually forget to introduce myself…

…My Name is Michael and for the next two month I’ll be the new INTERNeX PR-Coordinator. I’m 21 years old, born and raised in Germany and since the 8th of September in Vancouver. To sum it up: the next german in the office! 😀

I’m part of a dual education. I try to explain it in a few sentences. My semester is divided in two parts: The first part is about going to universtity, where I study Economics and Logistics, and second is about working for my company: Apprenticeship and studies at the time. This international practicum is part of my education, but I was my choice to go to INTERNeX in Vancouver. I travelled a lot around the world, saw so many beautiful places, but North America and espacilly Canada always has been a dream of mine. The beautiful country, the different landscapes, the diversity of nature and culture. I think I don’t need to tell you why, just I have a look on a few pictures and you can understand my point of view!

IMG-20180912-WA0010What else can I tell you about me?
This is the third time I leave my home for a longer period of time. The first time I left my home country was in school. I went to France for 3 month. The second time I went to South Africa for half a year and now this will be my third trip. I really enjoy listening to peoples stories and learn more about the reasons why they’re doing what they’re doing. This is the reason why I want to work as a PR-Coordinator for INTERNeX. Working together with people, coming out of different countries, with different backgrounds and Imaginings, is always the basement for great experiences.

I’m looking forward for great days, new adventures and experiences and of course learn to know a lot of cool people! 🙂

I hope I will meet y’all as soon as possible – maybe tomorrow at The Lamplighter!

– Michael

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

How was your weekend?

Wow…I have to review my first week here in Vancouver and I’m stunned.
What a first week! So many new people, stories and impressions. I’m still not able to find the right words to describe it… but let me risk an attempt to tell you about my weekend. 😀

IMG_2268Friday was the start of my first real weekend here in Vancouver and we planned a game night in our office. With a group of ten we played taboo, pictonary and chatted a lot. After two hours of gaming, we went again to the Moose Down Under for a few drinks. Soon afterwards the day came to an end… A very funny evening!

Saturday I had to pay tribute to the exhausting first week. I was really tired and I needed to calm down a bit. The rainy weather didn’t improve my mood neither so I decided to stay in bed and watch some movies. To sum the day up..I was really lazy. 😀

Based on my lazy Saturday I needed to be active on Sunday. I don’t want to waste any valuable time! I got up early, talked to my family and went to a mall to get some stuff for my trip to Lynn Valley Creek. It was still rainy, anyway I met two others at the Creek and we passed two hours by hiking, talking, laughing and enjoying the beautiful view. It was really interesting to stand on the suspension bridge, trying not slip on slippery ground and enjoying the impressions at the same time. To be honest, it was not easy. 😀 😀
After finishing our hike, went went to “Off the grid waffles” to get some waffle shakes. It was so tasty!! You should try it out. Really, give it a try!
Repleted and a bit tired we went home and I just collapsed in my bed.

 

I hope you had an interesting weekend too! See you on Wednesday for the next Pub Night!

– Michael

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

What to do on the weekend?

Rainy, Cloudy, Rainy, Cloudy…The weather does what it wants. However another week is over and the weekend is ahead..For sure, there are a lot of people, who want to chill in their apartments trying to stay dry, what can be pretty cool too… But for the more crazy ones the upcoming days giving a lot of possibilities to be active.

Friday is all about music. The Hip-Hop fans should pay attention to the city’s Festival Lawn in Deer Lake Park. Ms. Lauryn Hill stopped for some songs in Burnaby as a part of her North American tour. If Hip-Hop is not your favourite kind of music, you shout have a look on the 34th AMS Welcome Back BBQ. Music for everyone, food, a 19+ beer garden and giant dance floor. Sounds like party, doesn’t it? Interested in? Have a look at 6133 University Boulevard from 4 to 9:30 pm and enjoy the show!

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Viva la vida!!!! The Mexican Market takes a stop in Vancouver on Saturday again. It’s a one day celebration of all the music, culture, food, and drinks of Mexico. Why don’t have a look at? Afterwards you can support the Vancouver Whitecaps against Seattle or check out one of Vancouver’s Pubs. A day you really should have experienced!

Now there is only missing one day of the week- Sunday. A lazy Sunday, laying in bed, watch some movies and eat pizza? No way! Why laying in bed, when you could be part of the Greater Vancouver Food Truck festival? Enjoy around a dozen trucks with food and beverage for purchase, plus live entertainment, and artisan market vendors. Interested in? Then come to the Concord Pacific at 88 Pacific Boulevard and enjoy this special event. Admission is free.

I wish you a great weekend and hope you’ll enjoy it!

– Michael

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

Candidate Exposé – Vanessa Greiner

My name is Vanessa and I’m 21 years old. I’m from Germany and I’m studying taxation and auditing in Villingen-Schwenningen. 6E9A33E1-CEF1-4F45-ABE7-5A3C92B9DC04 - Vanessa Greiner.jpeg

I decided to come to Canada because going on a placement abroad was part of my studies and I wanted to improve my English skills. A friend of mine told me that Canada is a beautiful country and she recommended INTERNeX to me as well. I did my placement at the accounting department of a company in Burnaby. In order to be successful there, it is important to have accounting and taxation skills. Personally, my placement has been very helpful for my career goals so far.

My first impression of Vancouver was not that good, because I walked through East Hastings/Main Street, which is not the best place to go to. However, I now love Vancouver and all the nature around the city.

I enjoyed every event I did with INTERNeX. They always offer different activities, such as hiking tours, pub nights, visiting an outdoor cinema and of course, the Rockies trip (my favorite). The girls from the PR-team were always in a good mood and the activities were a lot of fun with them. Not only did I visit the Canadian Rocky Mountains, but the Sea to Sky Gondola, Lynn Canyon Park and Deep Cove as well, so a lot of walking and hiking.

What I like the most about Canada is that the people are so friendly. What I love about Vancouver is that you really have everything here: the big city feeling, beaches, forests, mountains and parks. The most memorable thing regarding my stay is the trip to the Rocky Mountains with INTERNeX. If I would have to describe my experiences in Canada in a few words I would say; nice people and breathtaking nature.

I would absolutely recommend going abroad with INTERNeX, because they helped me with every issue I faced, such as getting a work permit and crossing the border to the United States.

The first thing I will do when I am back home is buy some German bread.

– Vanessa

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

So no one told you life was gonna be this way

Like all good things, my time at INTERNeX has come to an end. What an amazing six months this has been! Although it is time for me to say goodbye now, I would like to tell you about my time here in this beautiful country before I do so.

I arrived in Vancouver on the 28th of February. A little bit overwhelmed by all these new impressions, I walked into the office the next day to have a look at the place I was going to be working at the next couple of months. The main topic at the office that day: the trip to Salt Spring Island that was taking place on the weekend. Yes, that’s right. Two days after my arrival, I dove straight into the world of INTERNeX by going on a trip! Staying in a big house in the middle of nowhere, hiking, cider tasting… yeah, not a bad start. Since I only just arrived, I still had to get used to the different time zone, the new surroundings and of course, being in a new country with new people. But you guys made me feel right at home. Because of you, I knew right away that my time in Canada would be an adventure I would never forget.

portland2.jpgOver the past six months, I have seen many beautiful places, done lots of fun activities and I have met amazing people from all over the world. One trip I really loved was the one to Portland, Oregon. Going to the US has been a dream of mine for years and being able to explore Portland, a city I really wanted to go to, for an entire weekend was definitely a highlight. I also loved our day trip to Seattle, it might have been short, but I enjoyed seeing the first Starbucks, the famous Gum Wall and watching the skyline from the Columbia Center observation deck.

rockies1.jpgObviously, when talking about my favorite trips, I have to include our trips to the Rockies. How many people, well, non-Canadians, can say they have seen the Rockies during the winter as well as the summer?! From walking on Emerald Lake whilst wearing 10 layers of clothes and slowly sinking into the snow, to canoeing on the lake and being able to see its beautiful, clear blue water. From not seeing any wildlife due to the time of year, to spotting a deer, two elk and a beautiful black bear. Crazy! Seeing a bear was high on my bucket list, so I am glad I could tick it off.

28708528597_2ef377d88c_zBesides our monthly trips, I truly enjoyed getting to know all of you a little better at our weekly PuB NiGHTs. (Music) Bingo, beer pong, karaoke, ‘who am I?’, we did it all. I will definitely miss all of your stories about life in your country, your work, family and your thoughts about Vancouver. Not only did I have lots of fun with you at PuB NiGHTs, I loved experiencing the weekly events we organised for you as well. Hiking in the Lynn Canyon Park, playing laser tag, watching movies at the outdoor cinema, being a Dutchie for a day (even though I am one every day)… I could go on and on. Not to forget, kayaking on Bowen Island with some of you on my birthday and spending Friday nights at the country bar The Yale Saloon to go line-dancing are definitely some of my favorite memories!

Not only did I have an amazing time outside of the INTERNeX office, I had a great time at the office itself as well. I was at the office all day five days a week, planning and organising amazing events and trips for you all, and I feel very lucky to have spent these days with such kind-hearted and supportive people. I have learned a lot from my time as a Public Relations coordinator and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Before I say my final goodbye, I would like to thank everyone I have met during my stay in Vancouver. It was an adventure of a lifetime! I am grateful for all the friends I’ve made along the way and I cannot wait to reunite with you somewhere else in the world!

That was easy!

– Angy

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

What to do on the weekend?

Another week is coming to an end, and we are not just looking forward to a regular weekend – no it is Labour Day Weekend, which means you have 3 days off! Yes, you got it right, Monday is a holiday. 🎉
But what to do with your three days of freedom?

Friday:
You can enjoy an easy evening at the Lower Mainland’s massive Shipyard Night Market in North Vancouver. Wander around and just enjoy the local music, art, fresh food and regional products. It is the perfect location to spend a Friday evening – nothing too crazy, you can eat dinner there and just hang out with your friends while exploring what’s on offer.

Saturday:
How about exploring the outskirts of Vancouver? You could plan a daytrip with 40155928480_50ca0297d5_nsome friends, or on your own, to Vancouver Island, Whistler, White Rock or Squamish. While you can have an easy day in White Rock or in Victoria (Vancouver Island) just walking around the city exploring the cute roads and checking out the many shops, you could also get a lot more active in Whistler or Squamish. The wonderful nature offers many different hiking trails which will reward you with breathtaking views over landscapes you probably haven’t seen before.
Once you are back in the Van, the evening offers you another great thing to do: In North Vancouver you get the chance to enjoy some outdoor movies again! And it’s not just one movie, but two. In one night. Great, right?
At 8pm you can watch Finding Dory and at 10pm The Goonies.

Sunday:
Ever wondered how a Japanese festival would look? Well, this Sunday you have the chance to get to discover it. Make your way to Burnaby and try some typical Japanese food, watch a martial-arts show and enjoy an entire tea ceremony. Doesn’t this sound like fun?

Monday:
Shops are closed today, but you still have loads of options to spend your time on this Monday. There is a Cyndi Lauper concert at the PNE, so get ready to have some fun singing along to her all-time classics and some new hits. If you don’t want to spend money on a ticket to her concert, why not visit the Taiwanese Festival in Downtown Vancouver. You can enjoy amazing Taiwanese culture, their food and even some Taiwanese art in the streets around Granville and Robson.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.

– Elisabeth

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

Candidate Exposé – Mandy Janssen

My name is Mandy Janssen and I am a 21 year old student from The Netherlands. Currently I’m studying International Event Management at NHTV Breda in The Netherlands.

23897738_1537788619643137_1424592398_nI’ve always wanted to experience a new culture and Canada and the US have always interested me. For my study I got the chance to do a practicum at INTERNeX itself as a PR-Coordinator for 7 months, so I decided to just take the jump and do it. Our school has had a relationship with INTERNeX for a few years now, so I came into contact with INTERNeX via the database of NHTV. My practicum is part of my university program and what I have learned until now is certainly very helpful for my future career.

For this job you need to be very social and a fun and open person. You need to be understanding of people and situations, but you also need to have good communication skills. As part of the PR-Team I join almost every activity and I always like to hang out with the other candidates and to be surrounded by people who are in the same situation as I am. So far I went on the Rocky Mountains trip, went to Victoria, Whistler and soon also Seattle. We did an escape room, went to a game of the BC Lions and many more things. The Rocky Mountains trip is definitely the most memorable thing I did. The nature there is so beautiful and since it was 2 days after I arrived it was a great first impression.

I rent a room in a shared house. I found it with the help of INTERNeX. At the beginning I was a bit overwhelmed by the size and the amount of people in the city but after a while you get used to it and it starts to feel like your second home. The people are really nice here and the food is amazing. I had some personal challenges since it was the first time for me living on my own. So figuring out the financial part was bit of a challenge but it’s getting better.

MandyThe first thing I will do when I come home is hugging my friends and family, eat a lot of Dutch food that I have missed and go out to the club with my friends.

This trip definitely inspired me to travel more. In the beginning I was a bit scared to be by myself for so long but hopefully my next adventure will take me to Scotland or Ireland for my 4th year practicum.

I would recommend the services of INTERNeX to everybody. INTERNeX is not just a company, but it’s a family that looks out for each other and helps each other where necessary. INTERNeX helped me find new friends and feel at home here in Vancouver.

-Mandy

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