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

A new face in the PR-Team

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It was no usual start of the week for me. Not a usual weekend either. Last weekend I arrived and this Monday I started a new chapter of my life here in Vancouver.

To be more precise: From this week on until the end of August, I’ll be joining the INTERNeX PR-Team. But first things first: My name’s Elisabeth, I’m 21 years old and coming from Germany – sorry, nothing very exotic.

Back in Germany I am studying International Business Management and this practicum here in Canada is a mandatory part of my studies. It might sound like I am forced to be here – that’s absolutely not true. Ever since little-me discovered that there is more to the wide world than the things just in front of my house, I wanted to come to Canada and see the country of snowcapped mountains, emerald green lakes, and endlessly long rivers and forests. I wanted to come to Vancouver the city of which the quality of live is incomparable and diverse cultures are as normal as the sun rising in the morning. I wanted to escape the daily life from home and jump into more and more adventures.

But at first I didn’t make it that far. The first time I left home for a longer period of time was after I finished school. I spend 8 months in the beautiful city of Bournemouth. That is in the south of the UK – white sand, palm trees and loads of fun. YES – IN THE UK. Then, last summer I moved to western Germany to do a practicum and this winter I returned to the UK. To a small city in the north of England to complete a semester abroad for my economic studies. Not that much fun, tbh. And now I am here in Vancouver.

But still, it is a totally new experience to be here, and I am so excited to contribute to the work of INTERNeX and, of course, have a great time!

I guess I will meet y’all soon – yes, its PuB NiGHT on Wednesday!

– 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

 

Goodbye for now

All good things must come to an end they say, and that also means my wonderful journey here in Vancouver must come to an end… And that end is here.

My life changing journey started 7 months ago at the airport in Amsterdam. It was going to be the first time for me flying alone and living on my own and boy I was scared. I remember crying and being really sad to leave my friends and family even telling them that I was not sure if I could do this. I’m really happy and proud that I can tell the Mandy of 7 months ago that she had nothing to worry about and that a beautiful journey was waiting for her.

I call it a journey and not a destination or simply a stay since I have been through so much. I have learned a lot about myself and who I am all with the help of INTERNeX and without them I would not be the person I am today. IMG_0328

It all started 2 days after I arrived here in Vancouver with the amazing Rocky Mountains trip. It was so amazing to see the beautiful nature that Canada has to offer and the beautiful blue lakes. Not only the nature was amazing but all the people that I met were wonderful.

But that was not it, as a PR-Coordinator for INTERNeX I had the opportunity to travel to Whistler, Victoria, Salt Spring Island and my biggest dream Seattle. I even had the opportunity to take a trip to Los Angeles, a city I have always dreamed of visiting. We also went to amazing events like Halloween, New Year’s Eve, the Canucks games and of course all the nice and fun PuB NiGHTS. I even celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in my life and went Black Friday Shopping in Seattle.

IMG_1119But for me it does not matter how many places I visited or how many things I did, the most important thing for me is that I was able to do that with all of you! Without any of you, my journey here in Canada would not have been the same and I want to thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.

Now that it is only days away from saying goodbye I am having mixed feelings about leaving. I am really looking forward to seeing my friends and family again and to hug my sweet Labrador dog. I am looking forward to tasting my favorite Dutch dishes again but I know that my life back home will never be the same again since a piece of my heart will always stay here in Vancouver and another piece will stay with the people I have met here.
Again I wanted to thank every single one of you that have been there for me and have made my stay here unforgettable. I would also like to thank Tim and Simon for even giving me this opportunity since without them I would not have been able to experience all of these things.
For anyone reading this who is doubting whether to go away from home for such a long time I can only give you one advice…. Just do it! Trust me it will only make your life much more richer with all the life lessons you take with you when being on your own.

This is not a goodbye but a see you later! I am looking forward to seeing some of you in Sweden later this year and for the rest, we will meet each other again somewhere in the world!

~ 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

A good bye

That’s it. It started with a simple hello but now it ends with a complicated goodbye. What a great choice I made more than a year ago to come to Vancouver. The journey started in August when I arrived in this beautiful country. It seems like a couple of weeks ago, I can’t believe it is already over. Time flies by when you are having fun. I had definitely the time of my life. That’s why I am not sad because I am leaving, but I smile because it happened. I am very thankful for the great people I could experience this adventure with. Without them it wouldn’t be the same. Now it’s already time to look back at my time in Canada. And I can tell you, it was a good one.

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Thanks to INTERNeX I could already spent my first weekend in the Rocky Mountains. I met such wonderful people and many friendships were made. I knew it would be beautiful, but I never expected to see such views. Wauw! The parties, campfires, the BEAUTIFUL sunset and the swims made this trip complete. After the trip I realized Canada was not my destination, but it was just the beginning of my journey.

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Besides the Rockies I did many other trips and discovered a lot of new places I never heard of before. Whistler, where I did my first bungee jump ever. Victoria, where we drove on scooters to the top of the island. Seattle, where I saw its underground world and tasted the gum wall. Christmas in the Rocky Mountains. Kelowna, where we could snowboard in the sun with blue skies. And Salt Spring Island, where we partied the weekend away in our own villa. On all these trips I made so many good memories I will never forget.

The question for the upcoming Wednesdays will be: What should I do? I will definitely miss the great evenings we had every week at PuB NiGHTs. Of course the fun stories and the laughs, but what I will miss the most is the karaoke bar. I don’t know when it started, but ‘Bart’s surprise act’ was becoming a thing. You didn’t think I choose to sing Scatman, the guacamole song and Celine Dion myself, did you?

I am very happy I could work for a company like INTERNeX. Besides all the fun we had in the office, they always supported and helped me. I’ve learned a lot and my network is way bigger than 7 months ago. The best part of the job was not the part where you organize these activities, but the faces and grateful responses you get back. These activities were not so great because of the things we did, but because of the people you did those things with.derde

And now the time has come to say goodbye and go back to the Netherlands. I am looking forward to see my family and friends again after such a long time. But that would also mean I have to say bye to the friends (that also became family) I met here. Luckily, I don’t have to say goodbye to everyone, a simple ‘see you later’ is enough for now. Thanks to everybody who made this adventure as good as it was, Tim, Simon, the PR-guys, candidates and friends. I am very lucky I got to know people to who saying goodbye to now is so hard. I will miss all of you and I promise I will remember all the fun things we did here together. See you somewhere else in the world!

– Bart

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

A new addition to the PR-Team!

To those of you wondering who the new girl was on the Salt Spring Island trip, hi! It was me! Some of you already got to know me a little, however, I will introduce myself to those who did not and those who would like to get to know me a little better.

My name is Angy. I am 19 years old and from The Netherlands, yes, the flat country known for its tulips and windmills. I do not want to ruin your vision of the country, but I can confirm you do not see those everywhere you go. Truth is, when you visit the Netherlands, you will most likely see rain. And bikes. Lots of bikes (we need something to keep us in shape, right?!). Time to get back on topic.

I am a third-year International Leisure Management student at NHTV Breda. The first semester of this school year I went on an exchange to London, so I already experienced what it is like to live abroad. However, I had never been outside of Europe. Going to North America has been a dream of mine since I was little (yes, this tall Dutchie was short too, once upon a time) and when I heard I could do my 6-month practicum in Vancouver, I was more than happy. Living and working here will be a challenge, one that I am excited to take!

I cannot wait to discover all that INTERNeX and Vancouver itself have to offer and I hope you want to be part of my journey!

I am looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at PuBNiGHT at the Lamplighter!

– 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