Candidate Exposé – Iris van Knippenberg

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I am Iris van Knippenberg, a 21 year old Dutchie, and am studying International Leisure Management at NHTV in Breda.

I always wanted to do my internship abroad, as I think you learn way more from that and it is just an amazing experience. After I went abroad to Finland, I even wanted to go abroad more and preferred going outside Europe this time. Canada was in my top 3 of countries outside Europe, so it wasn’t hard to finalise my decision when I got the offer to do this internship.

I first tried out to find internships on my own in the US, but it was really difficult to get one as you really need a network for it and they prefer people who are a native speaker as well. When I couldn’t find one on my own, I decided to look at my school database and that is where I found the vacancy to do an internship with INTERNeX. It spoke to me, as it was outside Europe and I really liked the tasks I would need to do here with INTERNeX.

I am doing an internship with INTERNeX itself, so I am sort of part of the practicum Iris van Knippenberg (words)program of INTERNeX. I had to do an internship for my study, so I couldn’t choose another one. I really like the internship at INTERNeX, I feel like I already learned a lot and there is so much opportunity to actually learn something if you really want to. It is really nice to hang out with the others who are part of the program too, as they experience the same things as I do and therefore really understand it.

The atmosphere in the company is really good. Besides that I also like my tasks and the projects I am doing for them as well. Like I already mentioned, I also got a lot of opportunities to work on my personal goals, which I really appreciate. Characteristics and skills you need to be successful here are I would say networking, being client-oriented and having good communication skills.

This internship is part of my university program and I think it is really useful because you finally get to actually practice everything and learn the skills, which you should not be able to learn when you are just in a classroom.

Iris van Knippenberg 1When I arrived I felt like Vancouver was really big (the buildings and the city itself) and pretty warm. I expected snow before I came here, so I was really surprised to arrive in a city where there was no snow and 7 degrees. When I left the Netherlands, it was way colder, so that is why I expected at least the same temperature in Vancouver. Right now it doesn’t feel big anymore, I got used to the city and I know my way around now. Canadians are really polite and easy-going. Besides that I found out that Canada has beautiful nature and there is so much to do here.

I attend every trip we organise with the PR-team, because I always like to go with the INTERNeX family, there is a really good atmosphere among us. I also like the events and the pub nights are always really nice too, so I always try to go to as many things as possible.

I already did a lot in Vancouver. While I am here I visited quite some amazing places. The ones that stood out the most were the Rockies, Kelowna and Joffre lakes. Besides that I also did a lot of amazing activities such as bungee jumping in Whistler, going to my first professional hockey game, hiking at Lynn Canyon, celebrating King’s Day in Vancouver and I went to a boat party.

I love the nature here and that it is so easy to just go on a hike or to the beach. While doing this, I have the feeling that I am actually escaping my daily life routine. I have been homesick in the beginning and in the middle of my time here. In the beginning I wasn’t used to living alone anymore and had to get used to it again. In the middle of my internship, a lot of my good friends were leaving Vancouver again and I felt a bit alone because of that. However, because of all the great people of the INTERNeX family I felt way better.

I can’t choose between two experiences which have both been really amazing for me, the Iris van Knippenberg 2Rockies and Joffre lakes. When you are at the Rockies, it totally feels like an escape of reality when you are there. The mountains and views are amazing and the atmosphere here is just the best ever. At the Rockies I got the chance to do a hike at Johnston Canyon while every waterfall was still frozen. Besides that I also did a hike on the mountain in Banff where I got amazing views over the mountains. I also walked on Lake Louise to a frozen waterfall. It was a bit scary to walk over it, but also really great.

Joffre Lakes was an amazing day-long hike, which was challenging but really worth the time and effort. As I did not have the right hiking shoes yet, I kept falling and it took me a long time to get to the second lake. Climbing up the mountain was also not really helping either. However, once we were at the second lake, I forgot all the pain and exhaustion. The lakes are blue-greenish as they are fed by glaciers and absolutely look amazing.

This trip definitely inspired me to travel more since I heard about a lot of amazing events and places while I was here (Oktoberfest in München and Carnaval in Aachen). Besides that I do not have the time to see the other side of Canada now, so I would love to go to the other side to see Quebec, Montreal, Ottowa and the Niagra falls.

INTERNeX helped me to find my way in Vancouver regarding finding friends. Besides that the organisation also gave me the opportunity to explore a lot of places where I would not have gone without them. Yes, my experience would have been way different without INTERNeX and I would not change a thing about it.

When I get Back home I will eat a lot of chees and order a “frikandel speciaal”.

– 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

Candidate Exposé – Björn Jentschke

Bjorn jentschkeMy name is Björn Jentschke, I’m 21 years old and from southern Germany (close to Munich and Stuttgart). Right now I’m working on my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration specialized on Finance.

I have never really thought about going to Canada until I started working with Internex, who offers internships in New Zealand and Canada. So finally I decided to go to Canada and I’ve never regretted that.

In my third semester I was constantly thinking about doing an internship abroad as part of my studies, but I didn’t know exactly how to start with that project and wasn’t sure about it at all. Then, I think back in October 2015, I heard about Timothy Wells, the owner of an international exchange agency, would give a little presentation. So I decided to join that and yes, he convinced me to do such an internship abroad. After some weeks I decided to go with Internex, the following decision that I’ve never regretted!

I’ve chosen the international coop because I wanted to gain more experiences in the financial sector besides banks and of course experience how it is to work in another country with a different language and culture. That program was perfect for that.

I am placed at a company that is situated in the wealth management sector. So it is all Björn Jentschke (words)about individual portfolio construction or analysis, a whole financial advice in the matter of tax minimization, pension and also loans. It is a really fast growing company and they just changed their head office to downtown Vancouver, where we have a great lookout over Vancouver. To be successful here you have to show great commitment and being interested in the financial sector. You need to have basic knowledge about financial instruments and Excel. People there are very nice and friendly, so it is an asset if you are also really open.

It is not required to do this international placement in my university program, so it is more like an individual gaining of experiences. As a dual student I depended on the permission of my company to do this in my practical time, but luckily that was no problem. Is it useful for my career goals? Yes of course! I just can recommend doing something like this to everyone. Of course it is good for your CV, but I also learned a lot of the investment business from a lot of different people and perspectives now. I also improved my English skills a lot, which is very important and the most important part is that you will really grow as a human; being more confident and experience how other people live. Tim told me in our chat of the beginning of my program just to be confident and trying new things, also in my job here. It is all about that.

Here I live in a homestay with three other students and interns. I really enjoyed it. Also the owner of the homestay was fantastic so it was just perfect.

The first impression I got from Vancouver is that it looked beautiful between the pacific and the mountains and people were very friendly. Right now I feel very comfortable in this town.

The Internex PR-team organises several activities but it’s no duty to attend those, so I wasn’t at every event. But I really think that these events were always very good organized. They are a very good opportunity to meet very quickly some new people, especially in the beginning of your stay in Vancouver, and of course to have a lot of fun. On the weekend events you really have the chance to see the environment of Vancouver and a lot of nice places. Also, the PR-team always keeps you updated about changes in the planning or other things.

Activities I did and places I visited are: Zip-lining and bungee jumping in Whistler, kayaking in Deep Cove, visiting the VERY BUSY Capilano Suspension Bridge. I went to beautiful Bowen Island, did a weekend trip to Portland and Seattle. I went hiking to Lake Garibaldi and on the Howe Sound Crest Trail. I visited Vancouver Island, went to a country festival in Surrey, walked through Stanley Park and much more!

What I like most about Vancouver is of course the location between the mountains in the north and the pacific in the west. Also downtown is a very nice place to be and the environment is beautiful with great nature.

In the beginning it was a bit difficult to get used to the language, but after two weeks it wasn’t a problem anymore. With some help I’ve never experienced problems with the public transportation, but you have to be aware of spending every day at least more than one hour just to get from your homestay to work and back.

Internex was helpful for me for just organizing everything. From the homestay, to the visa, till the job. Everything worked very well and you can always call them if you have any questions or problems. They always replied within 24 hours and it is very personal and they have the know how. And it is also nice that they are just there if something goes wrong with your job or homestay, cause you will never know. I will definitely recommend Internex.

This experience definitely inspired me to travel more, to as many places as possible! But when I do get home, the first thing I will do is eating some Non-Asian food. Although I think I will miss the rice…

– Björn

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 – Danielle Struijk

Danielle Struijk1I’m Danielle, I’m 22 years old and I come from The Netherlands. I am studying International Event Management at the NHTV in Breda. My internship here is part of my study program to finish my third year.

I decided to come to Canada because I love travelling and I have always wanted to go abroad at some point in my life, so when I got the opportunity to do that for my study I knew this was the time to do it. I didn’t really mind where I would go, so I searched for a company instead of a country.

At my university they have a database with vacancies and that is also where I found the one for being a PR-coordinator at Internex. So now I am doing the practicum program since I had to do an Internship for my university.

I’m a PR coordinator for INTERNeX. It’s an awesome company to work for. I get to do a Danielle Struijk (words)lot of stuff and besides my daily tasks I have projects that are challenging. The atmosphere in the office is really great and they don’t make me feel like an intern, but like I’m really a part of the team. They are always open to teaching me whatever I want to know. Here you need to be an open and social person, since you have to deal with a lot of candidates that come and go. You also need to be structured to know what is going on when. As I mentioned before it is for my university program and I have definitely learned things here that will help me in my future career. That included social media management, sales, video production and Photoshop.

Here I’m living in a house with 5 other people. We have a guy from England who is kind of our landlord, and 4 girls from Australia, Ireland, Netherlands and Canada. I found it through Roomster, a platform where people offer rooms.

When I arrived I first took a cab to the Airbnb I had booked, that was around 5 PM. I remember sitting in that cab and looking out the window thinking how different it looked from back home. At night Tess and I wanted to get some dinner and we passed trough East Hastings on our way there. In that very moment I was asking myself what in the world I was doing here and how I would ever survive the next 7 months. We got dinner, went back to the Airbnb and went to sleep. The next day the sun was shining and I felt very happy being there.

As a PR coordinator it is my job to organize the activities, pub nights, trips and events, so therefore I attend them as much as possible. But I feel very lucky to be able to organize and attend all the events. I have gotten to know so many amazing people from all over the world because of it. If I would ever go abroad again I would definitely try to find an organization like INTERNeX to go with.

Danielle Struijk3I’ve done so much here it’s insane. I’ve been to Granville Island, saw the Chinese New Year Parade, went skiing on Cypress, saw a Junior Hockey game, a Canucks game and the Whitecaps. I’ve been to Metrotown, Queen Elizabeth Park, FlyOver Canada, Joffre Lakes, Stanley Park and Deep Cove. I’ve been to the John Legend concert at Rogers Arena, a boat party and experienced St. Patricks day. I went to Kelowna to go skiing and do a wine tour. Went to Kamloops to visit my aunt. To Whistler where I went bungee jumping. Spend 4 days in The Rockies, which were amazing. Visited Vancouver Island with my mother, sister and boyfriend. Rented a scooter to explore Bowen Island and went to Squamish with my group of friends. I’m still going to Kelowna, Seattle and The Rockies again!

What I really like about Vancouver is that there is always something to do. There has never been a weekend where I have been bored. What I love about Canada is the nature. There is so much to see here and I’ve had amazing views. Vancouver is an expensive place to live though, so as a student it can be challenging at times to manage my budget right.

It is really hard choosing my most memorable thing here in Canada. I’ve done so many great things and I’ve had some amazing nights with my friends here. I guess my favourite was our trip to the Rockies and my boyfriend coming over as a surprise.

This trip definitely inspired me to travel more. Before I always used to be scared to go abroad, but this experience has really shown me that everything is possible. I have so many places and people that I want to visit all over the world.

The first I will do when I am back home is EAT! I’m looking forward to eating all the amazing Dutch food. I’m also looking forward to seeing my family, boyfriend and friends again.

– 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

ANOTHER TEMPORARY GERMAN INTERNeX PR-COORDINATOR

Here’s another German student who is doing an internship at INTERNeX. My name is Denise and I’m a 19-year-old student of Industrial Management at the DHBW in Karlsruhe. During my time in Vancouver I will support INTERNeX with their PR tasks that means I will be your new PR-Coordinator for the next 3 months. My assignment is to organize the Pub Nights and any other activities.

I just arrived in Vancouver Friday 18th and I already fell in love with this city. I have never been to Canada or the USA before and it’s my first time that I stay away from home for so long. But now I have the chance to pass an amazing practicum at INTERNeX and afterwards I’m going to travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and I’m sure this is going to be another gorgeous time. All the while I wanted to go to America. So that’s why I would say that I’m killing two birds with one stone in the next 3 months. Furthermore “[my] life will be other people’s vacation” (at least for the next 12 weeks).

I am looking forward to see all of you. I hope we will have an amazing time and a lot of fun together moreover I hope that I will do my job as well as Amiel did.

See you guys soon,

Denise

INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator

work + live + learn

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INTERNeX Canada: Exposé Of The Week ft Ilse Hofman

This week, we are interviewing Ilse Hofman who came from The Netherlands to work in Canada. She has been in Vancouver for almost 4 months since February this year. So here is what she had to say about her experience in Canada:

Why did you go to Canada?
Most of the younger Dutch people who wants to go abroad, go to Australia or the States. Australia is really expensive and I want to be different! I choose Canada because of the beautiful nature and I definitely do not regret my choice.

How long are you staying here?
I arrived in the beginning of February in Vancouver and will stay here till October. Until that time I will be working here and go on trips to other places of course. From October till January I will go travelling to the east of Canada and some places in the United States. I will fly back home at the end of February.

What kind of work are you doing, where have you worked?
My first job was at Blenz (coffee shop). I worked there for 2,5 months as a Barista. I had to travel 1,5 hours by bus to get there so after a while I started to find another job, closer to my home. Right now I’m working as a server in a restaurant of a private tennis club next to the beach and closer to my home.

How did you get your jobs?
Internex arranged the job interviews and advised me what I should say and what not to say. Applying for a job here is very different than applying for a job in The Netherlands so all the advise and tips were really helpful.

My landlord helped me getting the job as a server in the restaurant from the private tennis club. He is a member and knew that the club was looking for servers. He told me that and I was enthusiastic right away, than he talked to the F&B manager. The next day I got the contact details and I sent an e-mail to the manager and the day after I had my job interview. 2 weeks later I started and quit the job at Blenz.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
When I worked at Blenz, I advised people about the products, handled payments, made the drinks and sometimes I made latte art! Of course cleaning was one of the things we had to do as well.

In the restaurant I am serving the guests, take their orders, serving drinks, handling payments. At the end of the shift we are cleaning all the tables and chairs and set up the tables for the next day/evening.

What is the best thing about your work?
During this work abroad my English improved a lot. That’s mainly because I use different expressions than I learned on school. I use a broader vocabulary.

Also, I meet new people that have different cultures. All the Canadians here are really kind and helpful. Especially in the beginning it was strange that everyone says; hi, how are you doing?  In The Netherlands, people will look at you and think: why do you ask, you don’t mean a thing!

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?
As I was telling before the people are so nice and helpful. I meet a lot of people and whole Vancouver is kind of your friend, people will tell their whole life stories while you are sitting in the bus or sky train next to them.

There are also a lot of things to do here in the city. In the winter you can go for skiing in the surrounding mountains. In the summer you can go to the beach, if the weather is nice of course! Other things you can do in Vancouver are hiking, visiting parks, like Stanley Park and shopping of course.

What trips did you do in your free time, also organized by INTERNeX?
In my first week in Vancouver we went to Cypress Mountain for skiing. Flora and I got lost at the end of the day, we are both no pro’s and we came out at the black part. We climbed back to the junction to the other way.

With St. Patricks day we saw the Parade with a few other and after that we had lunch together and did some shopping. With Easter I went to the Rockies with INTERNeX. It was an amazing trip, one of the must do’s in Canada!

In the beginning I went to the PuB NiGHTS almost every week. It is a great way to meet new people and friends!

Do you attend the weekly Pub-Night organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?
In the beginning I went to most of the pub-nights. We became friends with each other and shared stories. But right now I’m not going that often, because the most days I am working in the evening.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?
Internex is the partner from the travel agency in Holland. They told what Internex could do for me while I am in Canada and everything did sound really good.

What is the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?
They always want to help you and they always will make time for you. Internex knows a lot about other cultures, so they can advise you very well what to say and what not to say in example a job interview.

How did you find a place to stay?
Mina, who is working for INTERNeX knew someone who knew a another person who had a basement suite available. I took a look there and after a few days the place was mine!

How did INTERNeX International Exchange help you to organize your trip to Canada?
The travel agency in The Netherlands helped me with booking my flights. Internex was already looking for job opportunities and on my second day Flora, the PR intern, told me a lot about Vancouver, the transit system and other good things to know.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes I will! As I said they help me with everything. They make you feel comfortable in the city. I think the nicest thing about Internex that if you come to Canada by yourself, you don’t feel alone when you arrive.

Thank you Ilse for sharing your experiences in Canada with us and for all the great memories during your stay here!

Cheers,

Jelle

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: About INTERNeX!

Life is full of so many wonderful opportunities, don’t you think? But it’s whether or not you decide to grab hold that really counts in the end. Sometimes, we let the most important chances slip by! INTERNeX offers these chances. But possibly the greatest aspect of INTERNeX is that there are so many options!

Do you consider yourself an animal lover? Do you like working for a cause  that really matters? The volunteer program offers you an unique experience working and helping injured wildlife! If you can’t get away from the city, there are volunteer opportunities in animal rescue centres!  But let’s say you’re more interested in different cultures. There are even chances to work with First Nation’s community where you’ll get to learn and experience their culture!

Maybe our internship program might interest some of you. This program gives you the chance to gain practical work experience in an international company! Not only will you get to learn about the skills in that specific work industry, but you get to see new things and live an exciting new life abroad!

Not looking for anything specific but working in a new country? Hospitality program invites you to do just that! Work in the hospitality sector and become a tourist in a new city!

All of the opportunities here at INTERNeX are unique and tailored to meet your needs and wants. But each opportunity always has one thing in common…an amazing and valuable experience. 

 

So I urge you to take chances, and make the most of your life! Don’t waste it, just by sitting in front of your computer! Check out our website here for more information on different programs we offer!

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Casual friday

This last two weeks INTERNeX office was especially busy welcoming all our newcomers! Panorama, Hemlock, Banff…was some of the destinations for our new candidates! We had the pleasure to meet them all before they start working in their resorts during the winter season. It’s amazing how brave they are! The most of the people are just nineteen! For some of them are their first time living abroad… for others, ski and snowboard are their passion so it’s the perfect excuse to come to Canada. Speaking personally with them I found them simply amazing! Studying in a sailing boat, diving in Australia, combating in Afghanistan… We shared short time together but they are all inspiring in their own way!

Definitely I love the “Viking” culture hihi of becoming bilingual and taking a gap year between high school and university! When you travel abroad and you meet so many new and diferent people you learn more about yourself and what you want for your future, what you want to study, what kind of profession would you like to have.

And I know of what I am speaking about, it’s really important to try and try again. If you think your dream will be, becoming a tour guide, just try  and you will realize if it’s your ideal profession or not, and it’s just an example, no matter what profession is your ideal, but until you don’t try and experiment for yourself you won’t know.

So parents, friends…before getting married with your University, College, try to understand who are you and what you really like for your future life, and when you’ll know just work hard to make that true, but it doesn’t make any sense just enroll whatever degree because you have to or because is what the people usually does. It doesn’t really matter to finish a degree with 22 or to finish YOUR degree with 26.

And if you don’t have any idea, travel, move to another city, learn another language, do an internship, go out of your “safety” circle, live new experiences… in some point you will know what to do next, and you will have enjoyed and learned during  the process.

Rockies People, thank you for sharing your time with us and being such an inspiration!

You will have the time of your lives up there! Enjoy!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com