New “Kids” on the Blog – Krystelle & Gianmarco

Two new INTERNeX crew members just arrived! Please welcome Krystelle from Australia and Gianmarco from Italy! 🙂 I’ve had the pleasure to meet them already and now it’s your time to get to know them better.


First, I will introduce you to Krystelle. Some of you already know her from our Whistler trip last weekend. She’s from Brisbane and has a really cool job as a criminal lawyer. Here she’ll be gathering experience at a legal non-profit organization for the next three months. Ideally she’d like to go to the United States, since she’s been travelling there a lot already, including Hawaii, Florida and Nevada. So far California has been her favourite destination, but she also has an ambitious bucket list for the next few months with States like Texas, North Carolina and Virginia. Seems like she loves the sunny states. 🙂

When she’s not working you can find her outside, maybe on a small hike. She told me it’s probably more like a walk compared to a Canadian mountain hike. Nevertheless she wants to take on a challenge and do the Grouse Grind! INTERNeX is actually planning on doing the Grind on Saturday June 18th. We’re stronger as a group, so feel free to join this adventure! 😀 After the workout we deserve a big Burger, or Lasagna, Krystelle’s favourite food. One thing she noticed in Canada – I’m sure, a lot of people will be surprised about – is that the alcohol here is only half as expensive as it is in Australia. Crazy, right? And I thought everything in Vancouver is expensive… She has a whole list of things she wants to do while she’s here, so it definitely doesn’t get boring with her. I like that she’s done her homework 😉 and I’m sure at the end we can cross a bunch of things off that list together.

Gianmarco will be volunteering at the same organization as Krystelle. He’s working on his law degree in Italy which keeps him pretty occupied with studying most of the time. Now it’s time for him to gain some practical experience. Why not in Italy, you might ask? Gianmarco would like to refine his English skills and since he’s been to other English speaking countries like the UK and the USA many times before, he wanted to try something new. Canada was still on his bucket list and right away he noticed its peacefulness and its friendly people. What a great first impression. And he hasn’t even met anyone of our INTERNeX crew yet! 😉

When he’s not occupied with studying, he likes to meet his friends which he’s had since his childhood, play football (yes, I mean soccer), or go mountain biking. What he really wants to do while he’s in Vancouver is going up to Whistler to spend the day on a bike speeding down the mountain. I told him that it’s still super muddy, but apparently that’s the best part of it. I am not confident enough to ride my bike down a hill (haha), but maybe some of you would like to join him. I know we have some extreme sport enthusiasts in our crew that would love to go. Sounds like another Whistler trip to me. 😉

I’m really excited for you to meet both of them at tonights pub night.
Don’t forget to come and say Hi, 7pm at Earl’s on Robson Street. See you there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

How was the weekend?

Happy Monday! I hope all of you had a great weekend! I sure did. INTERNeX went to Whistler with a couple of cool people. We were only seven in total, but we had a lot of fun. Let me tell you about it.

On our first day (Friday) we kept it a little more chill. Once we arrived in Whistler we needed to grab some coffee, since it’s been a busy week for everyone. Then, finally we checked in to our condo right in the centre of the village and it was amazing! We had three levels with beds, a kitchen, a living room with a little balcony, two bathrooms (one of them had two showers), a fireplace on two levels, and a private hot tub! Check out our TikTok channel to see a little house tour. 😉 

Of course we made use of that hot tub right away. The water was warm, the bubbles relaxing, exactly what we needed. After being fully soaked with water and new energy, we started our game night with a few drinks and games like “Cards Against Humanity”. It was a great way of getting to know each other better.

The next morning we decided to take a gondola for a hike up in the mountains, but the weather was a little cloudy and apparently most hikes high up are still closed due to the snow, so instead we rented some bikes and explored the lakes around Whistler. It turned out to be a great idea! The weather was perfect for biking and we got to see so much of Whistler in such a short time. We went around Lost Lake, Green Lake, all the way to Rainbow Park at Alta Lake, where we made a short ice cream break, before we headed back to the village. On our ride we had amazing views of the mountains. It felt really nice to be outside in nature. 

As a balance, we later went out in the village to enjoy Whistler’s Night Life. We started with some Burgers and Poutine for dinner, then went on to a few clubs and danced our calories right off again. It’s needless to say everybody had a great time. 

The next morning came really fast and it was already time to check out of our weekend home. Before we had to be back at the bus stop, we took some time to go to the farmers market in the Upper Village, where a lot of local vendors set up cute booths with food, jewelry, art, etc. I don’t know about you, but I love promenading over a market, trying samples, seeing people’s ideas, supporting local businesses that have a personal touch to them, eating all the food from the food trucks… 😉

If you are with me on that, I gotta tell you that coming Saturday (June 11th) there’s the Portobello West Summer Outdoor Street Market here in Vancouver and INTERNeX is planning on going, so if you’re up for it join us! The admission is FREE. So there’s really no excuses to not check out the variety of local vendors presenting fashion, jewelry, art, home decor, skincare, etc., plus there’s going to be lots of food trucks with delicious snacks that you should try. We’ll be meeting at 1pm, at the Indigo on West Broadway.

I know it’s only Monday, but it’s always good to have an early weekend plan, so you have something to look forward to. 🙂

What did you do this weekend? Was it more relaxing, or adventurous? City, or Nature? Long enough? Mine felt really short, but time flies when you’re having fun. 

I hope you have a great start of the week!

Cheers, 

Laura 🙂

Candidate Exposé – Laura Deichmann

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

Henry Miller

To all who don’t know me yet: Hi, my name is Laura.

If you are reading this, you are probably interested in exploring foreign countries and facing new challenges. We have something in common then. I have a passion for travel, languages, cultures, and stories. I seek change of perspective, an open mind and growth. I love meeting people and trying new things.

Three years ago, I came to Vancouver, withe the intention of just taking a gap year, after finishing my Bachelor studies (Literature, Culture, Media) in Siegen, Germany. Well, I’m still here, even though Canada never really was my destination.

Fun Fact: I didn’t really know much about this beautiful country upon my arrival. When people ask me “Why Canada?”, then I don’t even have a good answer. It was a coincidence. Originally I wanted to do an internship in New York City. For some reason that didn’t work out, so I came across the volunteer practicum program at INTERNeX here in Vancouver, and I couldn’t be happier.

My practicum was in culture management at Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park, where I learned a lot about Canadian work culture and unlocked some unknown abilities. The team was awesome and so much fun to work with. I still swing by sometimes to say hi. By going to all the pub nights I made a lot of friends and memories that I’ll never forget. Through all the trips with INTERNeX I saw the most beautiful corners of the Canadian West Coast.

My favourite things to do in and around Vancouver are definitely outdoors, like going to the beach and watching the sunset, or going for a hike in the mountains. The city offers a lot of events all year around, so there’s always something to do, it never gets boring. I love that Vancouver has everything in one place: city, ocean and mountains. That’s probably why I’m still here. On top of that it’s super multicultural, so there’s lots of good food from all over the world to eat and many interesting people from different cultures to meet.

My experience so far has been way better than I imagined it to be, and it definitely showed me new ways of seeing things, which ultimately was my goal.

It’s no surprise I stayed in touch with INTERNeX over all these years, even though my program was already over. I’ve always loved how Tim cares about his participants and makes sure that everyone has a good time. I wanted to be part of that too. Finally, Tim agreed to bring me onboard, since he probably realized I’m not leaving anyways. 😉 You can now call me PR and Program coordinator at INTERNeX International Exchange. 🙂

I’m really happy to be part of the team, and I hope I’ll be able to help you have a great experience as well. I’ll be organizing those pub nights where you can make new friends, those trips to show you the best parts of the Canadian West Coast, and I’m here if you have any questions.

Where do you want to go while you are here? Kelowna? Vancouver Island? The Rockies? Whistler? Is there anything you want to do in Vancouver? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Can’t wait to see you at the next pub night and chat some more!

Cheers,

Laura ☺

A weekend in the nature – Weekend get-away

For some of us it was this weekend – get away from the urban jungle, loud noise and our beloved Vancouver… let’s go to Whistler, explore the incredible nature Canada has to offer.
We met really early in the morning at Waterfront station to start our journey. With two cars, that we rented in advance, it was easy to get to Whistler and honestly, even the car ride was, because of the incredible nature, a highlight.
Our first stop was the sea to sky gondola and Shannon Falls. Some of our professional hikers conquered the Sea-to-sky summit hike, while the other half of the group took the gondola up the mountain and hiked over there. We all had an amazing experience and a lot of fun. After taking about a thousand pictures on the summit under clear blue sky it slowly started to snow. Time for a hot chocolate and to enjoy the view from inside the restaurant. We stayed there for a while before continuing our way to Whistler.

It was already 5pm so headed straight to the HI-Hostel where we spent the night. The evening was filled with a walk through Whistler Village, dinner at one of the cheapest restaurants – by the way a small tip on a side: The El Furniture Warehouse offers food for only $7!, which is really really cheap especially since nothing in Whistler is cheap.- and a few rounds of pool.
We were all very exhausted, but happy, from the day and no one made it too late and went to bed early.
After a wholesome breakfast at the hostel the next morning, it was time for some of us to prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – bungee jumping. After we booked the tickets they had only 2 hours left to prepare mentally for the big jump!!
Of course, even though only a few took the jump the whole group was there to give emotional support and take pictures. The bungee jump was amazing – in Kato’s words: “It left me flabbergasted. The most incredible feeling ever and definitely totally worth the step into the deep (literally and figuratively) ;)”.

But that wasn’t enough adrenaline for the day. We headed directly to the next adventure – snow tubing in a real winterwonderland at the tubing park whistler Blackcomb.
Completely frozen, happy and grateful for this great weekend, we set off our way back to Vancouver.

Thanks everybody for the amazing time! 🙂

Cheers,

Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

From pub night to cultural sight

Last weeks pubnight was a bit different, in a good way that is. We decided to cultivate ourselves outside of beer tasting and Canadian finger food. Instead of meeting at a pub, we gathered to see and incredible art performance at The Cultch.
For those of you who might not know, The Cultch is a historic theatre in East Vancouver that offers programming in theatre, dance, music, circus and visual arts. If you’re interested check out some more details right here: https://thecultch.com/
Maya, who is currently doing her practicum at The Cultch kindly organized us tickets for opening night of the BOW’T TRAIL Retrospekt performance by an talented choreographer-documentalist.
With her performance she received among other achievements the Grand Prix and Envol Award. No wonder why so many people were interested in going. After all Vancouver offers a great variety of cultural
programs too, so it would be a shame to not check some of them out while you’re here.

Arriving at the Theatre it was a rather small and cozy looking place, with a red carpet rolled out at the front door and little cute light chains around the building. In the entrance you could smell fresh flowers and inside people were mingling while having some drinks or snacks before the show started.
A really great atmosphere.
So back to the play. The description says that in this performance was a conversation between the present and the past, voiced through the channelling body of the choreographer, where more than 130 testimonies collected on 7 lands of the Americas still reside, are represented.

Our group didn’t really have many expectations nor could we really imagine what this performance was about to look like. Entering the actual theatre room the lights were dimmed, a big screen was showing a night sky with many stars and soft music started playing. A magical first impression. We all enjoyed the performance a lot – there was something relaxing about it. Right after the performance ended, we had the opportunity to stay for a “stay and talk” where the audience could ask the performers questions. This helped many of us to understand and comprehend the actual theme and meaning of this play.
After the show, we shared our experiences and impressions. We all made different interpretations which made it even more interesting to talk about.
As a conclusion we can say that it is definitely worthwhile to sometimes dive into the cultural world as well. This performance leaves space for interpretation and to create your own picture of a certain situation.
For this Wednesday, we are looking forward to see y’all at our well-known pubnight
at the Colony: https://colonybars.com/entertainment-district/


Enjoy your day!

Tatjana & Laura

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com