Yes, it’s time for more new kids on the blog again! This year they just keep coming and we’re loving it!
Let me introduce you to our Work and Traveler Anne. She’s 26 and from Brussels in Belgium. In her home country she already gained a lot of work experience as a social communications manager, now she’d like to start her own project and try something new. So far, she didn’t get quite a good impression of Vancouver, since she’s only been staying downtown, but I told her the hidden gems are outside the city close to the forests, mountains, lakes and the ocean, especially for her favourite free time activities which include playing soccer, climbing and biking. I’d say Vancouver is the perfect area to do such things. Maybe she’ll go to Whistler dog sitting, or do a 3-4 week road trip through Canada. There’s many options she’d like to explore before she settles for job in Montreal, where she’s been before. She liked it so much that she decided to come back! Montreal is more European, plus she already has friends over there, which is why she prefers the East Coast, at least so far ;). And if you’re thinking, oh no but they speak mostly french over there, so does Anne! I’m excited to see how long she decides to stay here and what her future adventures will bring. 🙂
Meret is 18 years old and close from Bielefeld in Germany. She loves animals which explains why she’ll be working at a cat sanctuary and a wildlife rescue in her two months time here. She just finished High School in Germany and after her stay on the West Coast, she’ll be traveling through the United States to visit some family, before returning to Germany and thinking about what to study. Her interests are very divers, on the one hand she’s super creative and thinking about studying Design, on the other hand she’s curious about medicine. I asked her if she could imagine being a vet since she wants to rescue lots of animals, but she actually isn’t quite sure about that. 😉 One of the reasons why she picked Canada is the nature with its mountains, lakes and wildlife. Her impression of Vancouver is big with many different parts that seem like different worlds, which she finds very impressive, plus she likes that the city is close to the ocean. In her free time she likes to paint, read, or dance many different styles like contemporary, modern, ballet, or jazz. Maybe she can teach us some dance moves. 🙂
Tamara, 20 years old from the near of Stuttgart in Germany will also be with us for two months. She’ll be doing a practicum related to her co-op studies in marketing and customer service at the same company Jessica is at. 🙂 Tamara studies Business Administration and Technical Management. The reasons she picked Canada are the scenery and a chat with Tim about her possibilities here, and honestly who could say no to that? 😉 The city so far seems big, but there’s a lot of nice people, she says. She doesn’t have a bucket list, but rather jumps in the cold water and takes whatever is given to her on the way, like exploring the mountains and wildlife. I like that attitude! In her free time she plays several instruments like the clarinet and saxophone. BUT, she’s not only playing music, she can also dance to it! Pre-Covid she was part of a dance group, but unfortunately they had to stop meeting with all the restrictions, which brought her back to an old hobby: horseback riding! I guess it all has some advantages and disadvantages to it. Anyways, we’re happy she’s here with us and has some time to jump into cold waters, climb some mountains and enjoy the Vancouver city life!
Next we have Fanny. She’s 18 years old and from Brussels in Belgium. Fanny is going to have English lessons for about 2 months and right after she wants to work at a Café in Vancouver. She just finished high school in Brussels and is now gaining some experience in Canada. After the time in Vancouver she wants to study Biology somewhere in Belgium. She chose Canada because she wanted to learn the english language and thought that Great Britain was too close and the US a bit too expensive! 🙂 So we are happy to have Fanny here! Her first impression of Vancouver is that the skyscrapers are super tall and the people are very friendly. Fanny doesn’t really have things on her bucket list, that’s why she’s very spontaneous and open for adventures here in Canada. In her free time she’s playing field hockey and for 2 years she’s also going to the scouts. Her favourite food is Pizza & Burgers, so Vancouver is a great place since you get those on every corner.
Ferdinand, 20 years old, from Bamberg in Germany is next on the list :). For the next 5 months he’ll be doing an internship in research about the clothing industry and the recycling of specific clothes. Back home in Germany he was already working at a warehouse and did some research for trucks and silos. This work is very important because it prevents accidents who can happen if you don’t do the research properly. After his time in Canada, he wants to study in the Netherlands in the same field. He chose Canada because it was his biggest dream to come here! We’re glad we’re a part of making that dream come true! 🙂 Unfortunately, his first impression from Vancouver was interrupted by the smoke of the wildfires on Saturday. Nevertheless, he thinks that the people here are very friendly and open-minded. If it’s possible at any time, Ferdinand would like to visit Toronto for 2-3 days, or go to Seattle because he’s a big Grey’s Anatomy fan. Any more fans amongst us? He likes to play soccer, basketball and tennis in his free time. I’m sure he can find many places to resume his sports here, maybe someone is down for a match? 🙂 His favourite food are some good old burgers. I recommended him “Fatburger”. What’s your favourite burger spot?
Last, but definitely not least is Lina. She’s 19 years old and lives in a city near Marburg in Germany. She’ll do a project for about 1 month with a rabbit rescue organization. After that, she wants to travel around Canada for about two weeks to see maybe Vancouver Island and Toronto. As if travelling in Canada is not enough, she then travels to Costa Rica to do a project with kids at a kindergarten :). She chose Canada because her uncle was here in January and was talking about his great journey quite often. She then thought about going to Vancouver it connects vast nature with big city. Her first impression was also that most of the people here are very friendly and caring. Since Vancouver is surrounded by many mountains, her biggest wish is to go skiing somewhere. Maybe the snow falls early this year? Back in Germany she just finished her high school and after travelling, she wants to study architecture in Kassel. She likes meeting her friends and going to festivals and parties. In her hometown she’s a lifeguard in the summertime. Her favourite food is Italian food and of course she wants to try some good pancakes with maple syrup at a traditional Canadian Diner. We’re happy to have Lina in our rows!
We’re very excited for you to meet our new kids at tonight’s pub night, 7.30pm at the Ballyhoo! See you there!
Tino, Ida & Laura 🙂