Finally a guy joining the team!

 

2017-08-12 15.34.16When I was in the Rockies I already heard some people say: “I’ve never seen that guy before, but he looks so cool” and “Wow, who is that awesome dude in the back of the buss?” To most of you I already gave an answer to that question, but for the rest of you, I will help you out. Let me introduce myself.

My parents gave me the name Bart when I was born. I am a 22-year-old student from the Netherlands (yes, from the stroopwafels). Right now I am doing the study Leisure managent at the really cool city called Breda. For all of you considering going to the Netherlands, make sure you visit that city one day.

2017-08-13 11.12.48For my internship I chose to go far away from all the rain and snow back home, so I decided to do my internship abroad. When I was looking on the Internet I saw INTERNeX has a place for me to do my internship. I was really excited while reading all the things they do and I heard some great stories from Danielle. Fun fact: Danielle used to be my babysitter when I was a first-year student at college. So back to my story, I decided to go to the always-sunny Vancouver where it never rains. I was wrong about that part. However, I am really glad I can do my internship here.

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My first day at the office was a very hard day. First we talked about what we are going to do these weeks. Then it was time to buy a PlayStation 4 and grab a pizza. After that, Danielle and Tess came by to bring us some beers. The rest of the day we talked about the great things they have been through during their time here. You can imagine how tired I was after this long day at the office.

I am really excited to meet the rest of you who didn’t go to the Rockies. I am also really excited to speak to everybody again who did go to the Rockies, no worries 😉 Hope to see you all tonight at the PuB NiGHT!

– 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

Becoming a part of the new PR Team

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My name is Mandy Janssen and I will be joining the new PR team until the beginning of March. I will be helping to organize the PuB NiGHTS and the weekly and monthly events. I already met some of you lovely people during the amazing Rockies trip but for the people I haven’t met yet I will shortly introduce myself.

I am 21 years old and I am from a small city called Eindhoven in The Netherlands. I am studying International Event Management which is part of the Leisure program and for this study I will do a practicum here with INTERNeX in the beautiful city of Vancouver.

In my free time I love to hang out with friends at a bar or club, going to the cinema with them, go shopping or just grab something to eat in a nice restaurant.

One of my biggest passions in life is music, I have always been surrounded by music and I learned to play the keyboard and I follow singing classes as well. One thing that I also do in my free time is working as a first-aider at different events. So if any of you ever needs a first-aider during one of the events, I will be glad to help you.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you tonight at the PuB NiGHT!

– 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

PR-team Adventures

Bowen Island is a cute little island, which you can reach by ferry from the Horseshoe bay terminal. It is great for hiking, touring and for water activities. About two weeks ago I decided to go to Bowen Island again, as I already did a hike there, I decided to go on a little adventure on the water this time.

We went on a Tuesday, as kayaking is two for the price of one on this day. This is also the case for double kayaks, but then you are paying half the price. We didn’t look up the schedule, as I thought that the ferry would go every hour. However, the hour we arrived they had a break and skipped one hour, which meant that we had to wait for quite a while.

20597183_10209637728721006_5804068957476516703_nAs it was great weather, we decided to sit on the upper deck, so we could see all the surroundings during our journey to Bowen Island. I always like to be on a ferry, as it gives me a feeling that I am having a boat tour. Besides that, the views in Vancouver never get old.

Once we arrived at Bowen Island, we immediately went to the kayak rental. The first few minutes they explained us how to kayak and then we could finally start our adventure. I was really glad that my boyfriend already did kayaking beforehand, which was also the reason why he had to go on the spot in the back. Here you need to give all the directions to the kayak.

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In the beginning my arms were hurting all the time, but after a while I got over the pain and could fully enjoy the activity and the surroundings. We went all the way to the top of the island and back. On our way we saw a lot of other people who did kayaking and also saw the ferry pass a few times.

As we got more comfortable with kayaking, we started singing together. Sometimes we embarrassed ourselves a bit, as we were singing some really bad songs. However, it made it way more fun. We already reached the top of the island pretty fast and therefore we took it a bit slower on our way back. In this way we could really take in the beautiful views that we had from our kayak.

After our adventure we tried to find a chocolate shop that my roommate recommended, but unfortunately all the shops at Bowen Island closes at 5 PM already and so was the chocolate shop. Then we decided to go back to Vancouver again.

I hope to talk to you about all your adventures from this weekend tonight at PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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

 

 

“I will never be completely home again” – Tess

I left the Netherlands the 11th of Januari 2017. A date I was freaking out, and a date that was going to change my life forever. I didn’t realize this really around that time, but I do now, and I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to come to Vancouver to flip my life around.

A few days before that exact date I threw a party, to say goodbye to everybody. My friends gave me a book then, full of stories about our friendships and me. A book I was going to take a look at a lot during my time in Vancouver. A book that gave me two guidelines for my time here, and maybe for the rest of my life:

“ Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

“ Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it”

And although my suitcases are packed full of new clothes since shopping is just cheaper for me here, I do really think life is all about adventures and taking risks. Doubting? Just do it! This international experience has only done me good and it would not have been the same without Internex and what Internex brought me.

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I learned so much in the office and it is all because the people there are always very supportive and gave me the opportunity to reach goals I didn’t even dream of yet. Together with the team I organised many PuB NiGHTS, weekly events and monthly trips for you! Some of them were really good, and some of them were just great! The success of our events is all because of you, our candidates, who always make it even more eventful for us. I really want to thank all of you for always being there, showing up and even do stuff together aside of Internex events. In the end that is all we want, for you to make friendships and to have an awesome time here together.

20170430_170549Me myself made friends for life here as well, friends who made my time a blast here! I can’t believe what activities and weird stuff I all did with you. Like the time Nicola and me thought it was a great idea to go snowboarding while being hungover. I laughed so much that day and in the end I was going down the hill circling around, which was pretty cool since I’ve never done that before. I also think we went on like 3 goodbye dinners, since we were not that good in leaving each other! I’m sure I will see this girl very soon again.

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One of my other best memories is a surfing trip I made with Iris and Merle to Tofino.Catching those waves all together on a lovely Sunday morning was one of the best feelings I ever experienced, and I am happy they were part of that. Or just always having lovely Miriam and Sebastian around, who were here almost my entire stay. I adored the time I spend with you! And our lovely Mexican girl Blanca, who made everybody tostada’s on Danielles birthday party. It is really those little things I appreciate the most and you all contributed making my adventure so remarkable.

“Havo stories to tell, not stuff to show”

20479642_10203416092358766_5913697107759519650_nI had the honour to catch al our candidates stories and experiences through my project: the Candidate Exposé, which you might already have seen popping up on this blog. I am thankful that I was able to build this project and to execute it, and to always read your kind words about the work Internex is doing. Our stories together are captured in a few yearbooks, which you can find on the tables at Internex. I hope the book and the blogs make people decide to come to Canada for an experience similar like ours, since I am convinced it will be really good for everybody to have an international experience.
Vancouver and mostly you stole a piece of my heart. It’ s so hard for me to put my experiences on paper since it is just beyond words. I have a hard time saying goodbye to all of you, and unfortunately I already had to say goodbye a lot of times over the past months, which is also a part of this adventure. I do know though it is not going to be a goodbye for a long time. I will see some of you soon, and some later, but I am convinced our journeys will cross again some time. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it, so always go for it and get the best out of everything! I am curious what life is going to bring you, and me, because what the hell are we going to do when we are back home?

I am sure everything will fall into place very soon and I can look forward to my next adventure, meet even more people and create new experiences, but I always have a big one to look back to.

I will never be completely home again, because part of my heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price I paid for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. Thank you lovely candidates, Internex, Vancouver and Canada for stealing a piece of my heart.

– Tess

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

“See you later” – Danielle

How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

After being a PR coordinator for INTERNeX for the last 7 months the time has come to say bye and go back home. It’s a really weird feeling having to say bye to something that I wish would never end, but knowing the time has come to go back to ‘normal’.

18446536_1752755148073262_5088411146495132434_nI remember being at the airport in Amsterdam about 7 months ago and being both sad and excited to leave my safe, familiar life behind. I could have never hoped that my time here was going to be as amazing as it has and I can say without a doubt that coming to Vancouver was the best decision I ever made.

19247743_1814564715225638_4189782935234390938_nDuring my time as a PR coordinator at INTERNeX I got the opportunity to organize PuB NiGHTs, weekly events and monthly trips for our candidates. Thanks to that I have had the opportunity to do and see so many amazing things. I went bungee jumping in Whistler, skiing in Kelowna and experienced the most beautiful scenery of my life in the Rockies. Besides all these amazing trips we went out every week to discover something in Vancouver. There was never a dull moment and I enjoyed every single one of them.

But what made these trips and events great is not the activities we did or places we visited, it was all because of the people I got to do them with. I was lucky enough to find a group of friends here who were there through the many highs we had, but also some lows that come with it. Trips, events, activities and beautiful scenery mean so little when you have no one to share these memories with. When I look back on all the amazing things we did I do remember the beautiful views, but what makes that memory great is seeing Janel fall in a meter of snow. It makes me smile because I think about how funny it was to teach Zack how to ski. I think about Lara sharing stories about her family and Kerstin pep talking me up a mountain. I see Sarah pretending to model in the strip club we accidently ended up in and all of us laughing so hard we almost peed our pants.

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The hardest part of leaving is knowing that even if you came back eventually, it will never be the same as it is right now. But this is not going to be a goodbye, this is going to be a see you later. I know for sure that I will see all of them again. Some are easier to visit than other, but these friends have made Vancouver my home away from home and that’s something that I will never forget.

Besides my group of friends I also had the pleasure of meeting all of our candidates. I met so many of you and unfortunately also had to say bye to a lot of you already. But I still want to have the chance to say thank you. At INTERNeX we do our very best to organize stuff that will make your stay here as memorable as it could possibly be, but without your attendance, attitudes and energy it would have never been as good as it was. We might organize it for you guys, but you are all the reason it was so much fun.

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Doing my placement at INTERNeX has opened so many doors and has given me so many great things to look back on that, if I could go back, I would definitely choose the very same thing. They have always supported my goals and they have taught me so much about PR, marketing and project management. INTERNeX is an amazing company and I will be forever grateful for their guidance through this crazy experience.

This is not a goodbye but a see you later. I hope that I get to meet all of you somewhere in the world again. Thank you for an amazing 7 months.

– Danielle

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 – Nicholas Kesteloot

My name is Nicholas and I am from Brussels, Belgium. I am 21 years old and I am finishing my third year of my marketing bachelor. I decided to come to Canada mostly to experience a different working environment and mentality, but also because I like traveling in general. Besides that Vancouver specifically was a city I wanted to visit.

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I found INTERNeX through a man named Jacques Allemeersch. He came to my school in Belgium talking about the possibility to do an internship in Canada or New Zeeland. So through him I came in contact with INTERNeX. I was placed for a practicum at a tour company located in downtown Vancouver. They do trips to the Rockies, Seattle, Tofino and more, and also organises parties and events. I really like it there! You need to be initiative and responsible here, and being charismatic and creative also comes in quite handy. The practicum is part of my university program and will very likely be a useful asset on my resume.

During my stay in Vancouver I lived in a homestay, which INTERNeX found. My first impression of Vancouver was not that great because I really did not like my first homestay and also because there was an unusual snowstorm when I arrived. However, I really like the city now and wish I could have stayed longer.

I have attended most of the pub nights the INTERNeX PR-team organises, and I think they are great (and necessary) as they allow you to meet other people in similar situations from all around the world. If I could give one recommendation, it would be to make some kind of introductory game at pub nights for new students so they get fully integrated. I didn’t participate in any trips however, mostly because I could do trips for free through my internship.

Activities I did and places I visit are; hikes on the Grouse Grind, Lynn Canyon, Deep Cove Nicholas Kesteloot (words)and Lighthouse Park, I have been on tours to the Rockies, Seattle and Whistler. What I like most about Vancouver and Canada are the great outdoors, and the possibility to hike in the summer and ski/snowboard in the winter. The most memorable thing I’ve done here is probably playing ice hockey on Lake Louise. There were also some challenges during my stay in Canada, like understanding the prices and especially finding good food for a good price.

I have already liked travelling prior to my stay in Vancouver, so it didn’t really inspire me to travel more, but I am definitely interested in coming back to Vancouver. INTERNeX was helpful for me because they helped me find an internship and a homestay, and it allowed me to meet more people from all around the world who are also doing internships or working, so I might recommend it to others.

When I get back home I will first get back in touch with my friends and family, but I also have some administration to do to get ready for next year.

– Nicholas

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

PR-Team Adventures

As some of you might know, my boyfriend visited me for two weeks and on the last day we went on a little trip to Garibaldi Lake together with Merle, Tess and my boyfriend. I wanted to show him the great blue lakes without going to the Rockies and this trip was perfect for that.

As it is hard to reach Garibaldi Lake by public transport, we rented a car to get to the lake. We were really lucky, because some people probably cancelled their reservation and therefore we could get a more luxurious car. I already downloaded an offline map on Google Maps beforehand, so getting there was easy.

It was my first time driving a car in Canada, so I was happy to see that the way to Garibaldi Lake was mostly going straight. Driving up to the hiking trail already felt like a road trip, as you can see the beautiful views along the Sea to Sky highway. When we were almost at our final destination, we got confused with where we had to take the exit and therefore had to drive a long way till we could finally turn. After a while of searching, we got a spot right in front of the hiking trail and could immediately start our adventure.

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The hike up to Garibaldi Lake is 9 kilometres long of which 6 kilometres were pretty steep. Therefore, the first 6 kilometres were much harder and we took way more breaks on this part of the hike. Both my boyfriend and I don’t have the greatest condition which made it a bit hard sometimes. On the way we spotted some chipmunks and we also passed two other beautiful lakes, Barrier lake and Lesser Garibaldi Lake. As I didn’t know that there were more lakes I thought that we finally reached Garibaldi Lake all the time. However, we still had to walk a bit more to finally reach Garibaldi Lake.

20431636_10209637698520251_6581499177034320845_nAt Garibaldi Lake we made sure that we conquered one of the picnic tables after making many pictures of the beautiful view. Here I could finally fill my stomach and relax till it was time to go back to the car again. The way back to the parking lot was way easier as you were mostly going down, which is why some people were even running down the hiking trail.

It is not strange that my legs were still hurting 2 days later, as it took us 5.5 hours to get to Garibaldi Lake and to get back to the car. It was definitely worth the pain and time though and I would surely recommend it to everyone who is visiting Canada.

I hope you all had a great weekend and I am looking forward to hearing all about it on PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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