Candidate Exposé – Daniel Blumhein

My name is Daniel and I am a 20 year old guy from Germany. Currently I am studying economics in a dual way. That means that I study for three months and then work for the next three months.

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I found INTERNeX because of my university (DHBW VS). I did a practicum, because I wanted to experience the Canadian work life. I did my practicum at a NGO which tries to establish Tennis in British Columbia. I like it there, because everybody is so kind and chilly. You have to be very communicative. It was part of my university program.

I decided to go to Canada because of the diversity (e.g. landscape). Vancouver is a beautiful city and I liked the high mountains. I was surprised that such a big city can provide you so many different activities (sea, mountains…). I lived in a home stay via INTERNeX. I like the kindness of Canadians.

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I participated in the activities INTERNeX organized. It’s the best way to meet new people. The first thing I did when I was home was spending time with my family. This trip inspired me to travel more. I am very interested in South America. INTERNeX was very helpful to meet new people, find the practicum and the homestay.

– Daniel Blumhein

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?

Although it looks like Mother Nature is planning to hydrate many plants this weekend, rather than blessing us with sun, that will not stop us from having fun. Here are a few ideas on what to do this weekend, indoors as well as outdoors.

35632322844_211194ba23_nAre you 19+? Lucky you! The Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival opened its doors again last Friday and this weekend is your last chance to visit it. The festival has been taking place for almost 10 years and it attracts many visitors. It consists of 100+ craft breweries and cideries, to ensure every visitor will find something they like. Not only does this festival include beer; it offers a variety of food, art and live music as well. The festival is located at PNE/Playland (2901 E Hastings Street) and it is opened from 2 to 7pm on Saturday and 12 to 5pm on Sunday. Day tickets are $39 excl. tax.

Looking for a cheaper, yet similar activity? On Sunday, the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival is back in town. This festival includes a dozen trucks offering food and beverages. Besides that, visitors can enjoy live entertainment and there will be artisan market vendors all around the festival area. You can find the festival on Sunday, June 3rd at Concord Pacific 88 Pacific Boulevard. The best thing: admission is free! You only have to pay for food and beverages at the event.

39482802191_63ec9b6d21_n.jpgSince it might rain most of the weekend, why not plan a fun activity indoors? Call your friends and visit an escape room together! SmartyPantz offers many different rooms to choose from, for example escaping from a dream, a murder or a ghost. Costs are $25 and you will receive a discount if you go with a group.

 

In case you just want to take it easy this rainy weekend: invite a group of friends to your house and let them bring games, movies and snacks. A great day guaranteed!

Have a great weekend everyone! See you on Sunday when we go to the Trampoline Park!

– 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

Candidate exposé – Rieke Wilkens

Hello, my name is Rieke. I am 18 years old and from Germany. In my future I am planning to work as an event manager.

Canada is a beautiful country with a lot of different places and nature. For my mom it was also important that it is safe where I am going. I did a practicum for three months in Canada. I chose it because it leaves a good mark on my CV for the future. I really enjoyed my practicum. The people were very nice!

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I worked at a non-profit organization that focuses on sports and organizes events as well. I enjoyed working at the museum because I could speak a lot of English and I talked to many different people. To work at the museum it is important to be friendly to every customer.

I lived in a homestay in Richmond. INTERNeX placed me there. My first impression of Vancouver was amazing! All the people from different cultures, the high buildings and all the parks in the middle of the city. Now I am back in Germany and it feels like a dream to see all the pictures I took, because it surprises me every time.

I attended many of the pub nights and trips. I’ve been with INTERNeX to Victoria for example. The trips were always a lot of fun! I’ve also done a lot of hiking! Deep cove, the grouse grind, Lighthouse Park, Lynn Canyon and Joffre Lake were amazing. The longest trip I did was to the Rocky Mountains. With INTERNeX I took the ferry to Victoria and we went to Whistler and did the bungee jump together as well. In Vancouver I’ve been to Stanley Park, Gastown and English Bay Beach for example. An activity that everyone has to do when they come to Vancouver is definitively watching an ice hockey game, which I did as well.

I liked spending a lot of time and going on trips with the people from INTERNeX. The Rocky Trip was also a highlight of my journey. My only difficulty was that the legal age is 19 in Vancouver. So I couldn’t go to every pub night and go out in the evening. The most memorable thing was the trip to the Rockies.Rieke

The first thing I did when I was back in Germany was eating German food.

This trip inspired me to travel more because I met a lot of people from different countries and they told me a lot about their culture. Maybe I will go to Brazil and visit my Brazilian friends.

INTERNeX helped me find accommodation and a lot of friends through the weekly pub nights. I would definitely recommend the service to others.

– Rieke Wilkens

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 – Chris Jason Wakely

Hi, I’m Chris and I’m 24 years old from New Zealand. Since returning to New Zealand, I’ve decided to take up some study.

20170813_094539I guess I’ve always wanted to come to Canada, so doing the practicum helped me come across. I went through a practicum program and website, they set me up with the experience and they put me through to Tim. I chose the practicum to gain some further experience and have the opportunity to see how Canadians are first hand.

I was working at the film festival. VIFF is kind of self-explanatory. It’s a great place to see how movie festivals are made behind the scenes. For this job you need to be flexible and have a willingness to learn new things. It is quite useful for my career aspirations, as it shows I can mingle into different crowds and become a fully integrated part of the team.

The services of INTERNeX really helped me solidify my knowledge and meet some great people. I have many connections throughout the world that I can turn to whenever. I sure did attend the several activities, pub nights, trips and events INTERNeX was organizing! These activities were great to get to know the other interns and to see the greater areas that Canada has to offer. I went to the Rockies, mountaineering, hiking, surfing, beer drinking, quite a bit of Greater Vancouver and BC.

ChrisVancouver is great as there is always something to do, whether it is a trampoline park or simply cycling around Stanley Park. The difficult part of Canada was the return home, and having to say goodbye to so many people. Vancouver felt like a metropolis. It’s really busy but a part of me feels at home there. I also found my former place of residence through the Internex team. They placed me in contact with my Landlady and she was able to set me up in her property.

By far the most memorable thing is my trip to Vancouver Island. The first thing I did when I came home was getting some sleep and see what has changed (not much has changed tbh). This trip had really inspired me to travel more. I wish to travel to visit those I connected with in their home locations.

– Chris

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 fresh breeze in the PR-Team

Who is that small girl sitting in the INTERNeX office? It is me, Kerstin. I am now joining Bart and Mandy as a member of the PR-Team. Some of you, I already met this weekend on the ice or in the Yale Saloon. For the rest, let me introduce myself.

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I am 22 years old and currently studying International Leisure Management in Breda, an awesome city in the Netherlands. This practicum at INTERNeX is part of my study program. And no, I am not Dutch – I am German, from a city called Aachen in the western part of Germany. I really do like the Dutchies, but I decided that it is time now for a new challenge here in Canada.

I enjoy making plans and organizing ahead, so I keep lists and notes for everything and I am happy whenever a plan is working out properly. Since I love the sea, mountains, but also busy cities, I think that Vancouver is the place to be for me. As a scout, I am prepared for the Canadian big city and wildlife. I can be enthusiastic about the smallest things and I am always in for new actions.

So, the PR-Team becomes international from now on. Until August, I will make sure that you can experience many fun activities with us here in Vancouver! I am already excited to ski, hike, party and play games with you!

I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our PuBNiGHT tomorrow. See you there!

– Kerstin

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

Smart Saver Vancouver

It’s November. That means a lot of rainy days are waiting for us. Of course you don’t want to sit inside the whole day. Because most of the indoor activities cost money, I wrote a blog how you can save some money and still have a lot of fun.

The Art Gallery

Go on Tuesday nights from 5 pm to 9 pm to The Art Gallery. This night is a “by donation night” which means give some change you have in your pocket. Every week there is a new artist showing his work. If you are lucky, you will see some cool arts inside.

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Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory

If it’s a clear evening in the weekend, you can go to The Observatory. Watch the stars with a big telescope. Or look up when the next meteor shower is coming, so you will have front seat spots. The Observatory is open on Friday and Saturday from 8:30pm and also here you pay by donation.

Hiking

You can do a lot of beautiful hikes in and around Vancouver. Even if the sun is not shining, these hikes reward you with some nice views. Do for example the BCMC trial, Grouse grind, Capilano Canyon, Lighthouse Park, Stanley Park, Lynn Canyon (with the free suspension bridge) or the Quarry rock.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs during the weekend are packed. They ask for a cover to get in. During the week the club is emptier. To attract more people during weekdays, these evenings are cover free. That means free entrance and if you are lucky also a free shot.

Watch a movie

If you want to see a movie, but after looking in your wallet deciding it’s too expansive, go on Tuesday! At Cineplex the movies on Tuesday are $7 dollars. Is Cineplex too boring for you? Spend $3 dollars or more and go watch your movie in the Morgue. A morgue is a building where dead bodies are kept before being cremated or buried. What’s scarier than watch a horror movie here? Every second Tuesday of the month you can watch a movie. Bring your own blankets and pillows for the best cozy experience. Or spend $8 dollars for watching a movie in the RIO theatre. They play a movie nearly every night, check it here.

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Granville Island

Go take the bus and get off at Granville Island. You can spend the whole day here walking around. Even when it’s raining, you can find a big indoor public market where you can taste some local products or go shopping in one of the many little shops.

Movie sets

As you maybe already know, Vancouver is the Hollywood from North America. A lot of movies are filmed here. Try to spot your favourite celeb by going to one of the sets. Decide which set you want to visit and if you are lucky, you can see your favourite celeb in action.

Whatever you decide to do, have a lot of fun! The last free thing you can do is coming to the PuB NiGHT tomorrow! Hope to see you there!

– 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

September Event List

The first week of September is already over…Time sure flies!
But what is there to do for the rest of the month?

Check it out. The link below will lead you to our Event Calendar of September:

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We also have another overnight trip coming up. We’re going to Whistler for a whole weekend! The dates are October 2-4.
Plans are currently being made for the details but here a quick overview of what we’d like to do:

  • transit via Greyhound
  • 2 night stay at a hotel suite or lodge with hot tubs, kitchen, etc.
  • optional activities such as mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, bungee jumping, gondola ride
  • experience Whistler Village night life
  • have fun and enjoy the time in Whistler

We’re trying to keep the price under 200$ which will include transit, the overnight stay and food to cook while at the suite/lodge.

We’ll keep you updated on more details over the next few days.

 

Cheers

INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator
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