This week I had the pleasure of interviewing new candidates to the INTERNeX family.
Starting with Maja. She’s 19 years old from Germany. She just finished high school and worked as an assistant at a logistics centre in the field of goods delivery before she decided to travel to Canada. During her time here in Vancouver, she will be volunteering in a business association with duties in public engagement. So cool! 🙂 I asked her why she decided to come to Canada and she answered that it was mostly because of the combination of the big city and nature. Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and we are lucky to call it our backyard and her first impression of Vancouver is a little different from back home as the city offers its people a lot to see and to do. I am sure you will experience a lot of new things during your time here 🙂
What’s on her bucket list? Definitely go on a hike. She says she wants to explore the Capilano Suspension Bridge and I can strongly recommend a visit while it’s still winter because of its lights. Then she mentioned that she wants to go to Grouse Mountain and Lynn Canyon 🙂 After her time here in Canada she plans to study three years within Media & Communication at a University in Leipzig. Hobbies? She played handball for twelve years and she likes to read books – especially romantic ones, she started reading a new book on the flight to Vancouver called ‘Maybe Someday’ – thanks for the recommendation 🙂 Favourite food? Pasta, so I recommend trying out the ‘old spaghetti factory’ located in Gastown 🙂
Next we have Nicole. She’s 21 years old from England. She’s been living near a town called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales for 4 years (I love that name, you should ask her how to pronounce it) and she is now here in Vancouver where she will be volunteering at Stanley Park for six months to gain international experience as a part of her studies in Zoology and Animal Science. She has been in Canada before as she has worked summers in Ontario and we are so happy to have her here with us on the west coast. At first she planned to go to Costa Rica but ended up in Canada, mostly because of Canada’s nature, wildlife, and ecosystem and I won’t forget to mention she is really passionate about bouldering where she has about nine years of experience and about one year ago she started doing outdoor climbing. So cool! If you like bouldering/climbing you now know who to ask. I’m sure there are more here who want to learn a new sport 🙂
I asked her what her first impression of Vancouver is and she says it’s a really nice mix between city and nature, especially how nature surrounds the city. When she arrived in Vancouver, it started snowing the next day so she has already experienced a typical intense “Vancouver weather” – sunshine one day and rain or snow the next. 🙂
Bucket list? Bouldering is her passion and Canada has one of the best practices when it comes to outdoor climbing. She wants to explore Vancouver Island and visit a friend of hers who lives in Victoria. She wants to learn more about Indigenous history and she wants to experience snow skiing because she has water skied before, so this winter will be great to try downhill skiing :)Plans after Canada? Going back to graduate and looking for a job in zoology. She will travel wherever the new job takes her, so cool!! 🙂 Favourite food? Sushi and Paella. Last but not least: have you heard that she knows a large number of different languages? Here are some of them: English (mother tongue), Spanish, German, Welsh, French, Maori – simple words and she also tried to learn Hindi.
We are so happy to have both of them here with us. Meet them at next week’s Pub Night and get to know them a little bit better 🙂