INTERNeX Canada: PuB NiGHT: We re – introduce the QuiZ NiGHT

The battle is on!!!

Because we all like change the PR quadruplets decided to hold the PuB NiGHT at the Moose’s Down Under on 830 West Pender St where we hope to have a hilarious time. This time it’s gonna be quiz time!!! And the fight is on…

So guys are you curious? It has been while that we did this, but knowing that there are a few new faces in our group, this is going to be the chance to get to know each other a bit better. We are eager to find out how interactive our international group can be. So let’s get this competition started. Besides the quiz, we will  – as always – have a great time eating, chatting, drinking, so don’t be shy and come join us tomorrow night at the Moose’s Down Under. By the way, I heard rumors about a ‘no cheating rule’ according to which cheaters will have to chug their beers every time they try something dirty. 🙂

Aaaaand – as a bait to lure you in – the winning team will get $ 400 !!! Ain’t that something to get excited about? So we want it to be more interactive and if you kinda missed that as well then join us tomorrow at INTERNeX  PuB NiGHT. We need teams of 6 people each. Therefore please sign up as soon as possible at the Facebook event so I can make reservations accordingly. We are gonna beat there sorry a… 🙂 Right, guys?

Go INTERNeX!

Annika

What? INTERNeX QuiZ NiGHT

Where? Moose’s Down Under, 830 West Pender St, Vancouver.

When? Wednesday 25th September 6.30 P.M.

Specials? Win the jackpot of $ 400!!!

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

What are the differences between Canada and your own country? We tried to answer this question in the office last week. The INTERNeX staff is so international that we decided to get to take a closer look at each other’s cultures and countries. It was so interesting to listen to the different opinions in our team, especially because we work with all of you from all over the world and considering our Around the World Summer Party 2012 that just happened!

It was Petra’s goodbye get-together so she started off with the Netherlands where people don’t organize themselves in lines as much as Canadians do, she said. They wouldn’t wait for things patiently and rather continue to the next possible option; or elbow their way through into busses and trains. It’s funny because Canadians indeed wait in lines politely. Just take a look at 99 express bus stops – there are always three neat lines formed to board the three doors! Lies, who grew up in Malawi, mentioned that Malawians are happier people. In fact, Malawi was rated one of the happiest countries in the world despite being one of the poorest places on earth. But I am sure Canada is among the first in this survey as well! The Germans in our team agreed that Canadians are a friendlier crowd. The “How are you” in the supermarket here, the “Thank you” in the bus or a chat in the train, they always make my day. Germans are known to be very organized as well. But then again, who stands in neat lines all the time? I guess Canadian line-ups wouldn’t work with Germans because they are a little bit impatient, Martina thinks. But German food can definitely compete with Canada. Many people miss the German bread and some would die for all the different sausages, not to mention the beer.

Mina thought than Koreans are more emotional than Canadians. Happy or sad, they show it too. One of the ways to do it is clapping, Koreans clap their hands aaaall the time, no matter how small the occasion. Find the right address – clap your hands; meet a friend – clap your hands; if you happy and you know it – clap your hands! Our Japan representative Mayuko pointed out that Canadians don’t bow and that our sushi in Canada is all “wrong”. So expect a sushi restaurant called “Sushi the right way” to be opened soon in Vancouver! Katie though that Americans are more crazy about sports. They start to exercise as toddlers almost and continue doing and watching all kinds of sports and team games. Well, Canadians are probably right behind the US in this regard. Could you feel all the excitement about the Olympics? I won’t even start explaining the ice hockey spirit…

And of course we have Canadians at INTERNeX, too! They compared Canada with some destinations they travelled. Barbara lived in Melbourne/Australia that feels basically the same as Vancouver, she said. It’s not too small, not too big, it’s green, there are beached and even the same language ;-). It might be a couple degrees warmer sometimes though… Tim has travelled the UK and pointed out that although it’s all English, he is glad you can understand what people are saying here in Canada as opposed to Scotland. Even he gave up on listening and trying to figure out their expressions and pronunciation. You think you can speak English? Go try that in Scotland!

It’s impressive that we are so different but we all live here and share pieces of our cultures and of Canada! It’s a good thing we don’t have to decide for one or the other: be Dutch, clap your hands, have some sushi and German beer with your American friend, and watch some ice hockey in an Irish pub! What is a major difference between Canada and your country? Are you from one of the INTERNeX team’s countries? Please comment and share you opinion!

Cheers,

Xenia

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: Culture Shock

Do you know how you get Dutch people to be mad at you? I succeeded.

I made this terrible mistake this week and got punished for it :-), not only with this extra blog post from my boss, but also with disapproving looks and comments from the (quite big!) Dutch INTERNeX community. I openly declared someone being from Holland. That is wrong. The Dutch are from The Netherlands! I now remember that every time Germany and The Netherlands/Holland engaged in their usual soccer rivalries I was wondering why this country seems to have two names. I learned now that Holland is just a region in The Netherlands. So it’s The Netherlands. Never will make this mistake again.

Thinking about this faux pas of mine, similar issues from my own and other countries came to my mind. The world likes to think of Germans as leather pants-wearing and beer-drinking Bavarians. Just to make it clear: Germany is not Bavaria and people usually don’t dress like that (the beer thing might be true, though).

Another thing I learned recently: you better don’t assume that somebody is from Australia just because they speak Aussie English. Apparently, New Zealanders in hostels all over Canada constantly have to listen to people who label them Australians. By the time they cross Canada, they might get slightly mad at anybody who calls them that!

And of course, Canadians are not American! I lived with this very committed and proud Quebecois-Canadian lady once. The first thing she told me was that Canadians are different from their southern neighbors. Even more important, people from the French-speaking province of Quebec are not like the rest of Canada. So, should you ever encounter a person from this eastern province, remember: Quebecers are kind of ok with being Canadian, they are not in the least American, and they are certainly not French, they just speak it! 

Cultural lessons like this are exactly the reason why I love being abroad and meeting so many different people. Staying in my familiar comforts at home I probably wouldn’t have learned that Holland is not the same as The Netherlands or that you never never ever should refer to Quebecers as French.

Have you ever experienced something similar? Do you have more examples? Please let me know!

Xenia

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: Expose of the Week

We are happy to present to you Nick as our feature expose of the week at INTERNeX. Nick is an Australian from Brisbane and is looking forward to the summer, because this cold weather is just not as enjoyable as the hot sun he’s used to back home. He has been here for 1 month of his 3-month internship, but loves it here so much that he is hoping to stay in Vancouver afterwards. He came to Canada to get a change of scenery and experience new places and he admits it helps that it was an English speaking country. He chose Vancouver because has heard great things about how beautiful it is and all of the things to do outdoors.

 

What kind of internship are you doing and do you find it useful?

I am an IT intern as a software engineer and work with programming. Since I just graduated from university, I was looking to get some practical experience and I am definitely getting that here, so this internship is very useful. I have a learned a lot of new things and the work I am doing is really enjoyable.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on a daily basis?

I am not really assigned daily tasks, but I am given a project to work on. They have me filling in bits and pieces that they normally wouldn’t have time to accomplish. Depending on how long the project takes me I work on that until it is finished and then am assigned a new task.

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?

My favorite things about Vancouver are the Canucks, hockey, the mountains and all of the outdoor activities. Of course it also doesn’t hurt that it is an English speaking country and that Canada is closely related to Australia, both being part of the British Commonwealth. It felt nice coming here and seeing the Queen on the coins, and made it feel a little like home.

What trips did you do in your free time, also organized by INTERNeX?

I’m living at the Staffhouse so there is always someone to hang out with after work, which is great. I have also gone to 2 hockey games and can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so I can go hiking and explore more of what Vancouver has to offer. I went on INTERNeX’s trip to Seattle last month as well as the trip to the Rockies.

 

 Do you attend the weekly Pub-Night organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?

I have been to 2 PuB NiGHTs organized by INTERNeX and they were a lot of fun. Since I live at the Staffhouse I have already met a most of the other people at INTERNeX, but for those who don’t live at the Staffhouse with everyone, I think it’s a great way to meet new people and hang out with friends.

 

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

I was looking to get away after I had graduated so I ended up learning about INTERNeX through searching Internship programs on Google. After reading up on the programs and what they have to offer, I decided it was a good fit for me.

 

 What’s the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?

For me, the best thing about INTERNeX has been their Staffhouse and how they helped organize my accommodation prior to coming to Vancouver. It’s nice how I am living with people in the same situation as me and we have our own little ‘community’, which is really fun to be a part of.

 

 How did you find a place to stay?

INTERNeX helped me find a place to stay. The idea of a Homestay didn’t really appeal to me and I knew I didn’t want to live on my own so INTERNeX suggested the Staffhouse and I chose this option. They helped me organize my housing before I had arrived and it provided an ease of mind knowing I had somewhere to stay from the get-go. It was also very helpful when going through immigration; with my accommodation already organized upon arriving in Canada I didn’t receive any hassle.

 

 Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Yes, I would definitely recommend INTERNeX to others. It made it really easy to meet new people and get set up in a new country through the orientation and all the helpful advice from fellow INTERNeX’ers.

 

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us Nick! We know you’ll enjoy the rest of your time here and if you need a fellow hiking partner I’m sure we could get some of us to tackle the Grouse Grind with you.

Cheers,
Kristina

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

Picture of the week!

Unfortunately Melissa returned to Australia last Sunday after 5 beautiful weeks.  She wanted to ice-skate before the end of her internship.  And that is exactly what she did—ice-skate with her housemates, and she left with a most cherished memory. See the picture below!

Do you have a picture of yourself on top of the Rockies, in Stanley Park or another picture of your great experience here in Canada? Send it to pr@internexcanada.com with a small description, and maybe your picture will be the picture of the week next time.

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

Cheers,

Elvera

Shinya a.k.a MAX

So last week when I was trying to figure out our next potential candidate for the “expose” post, I was wracking my brain trying to find someone that could truly give us a glimpse into the “INTERNeX experience”. Little did I know but I had this person right in the office with me sitting across the room. Can you guess who it is? It’s Shinya! This once shy Japanese boy came to Canada and managed to see more places and do more things in one year then I’ve done in the past nine years that I’ve lived here. So yeah since he did just about everything that was possible and participated in every one of our programs he is the perfect candidate!

What is your name?
My name is Shinya but my “Canadian” name is Max

Where are you originally from?
Kobe, Japan

Why did you choose Canada as the location of your placement?
Well I’d been to Australia and New Zealand so Canada just seemed like the next stop for me

How did you find about INTERNeX International Exchange?
I found about it through the Japanese Embassy

Which program(s) did you participate in throughout your stay in Canada?
Well I actually participated in all three of the programs offered by INTERNeX

haha O.k. well let’s take this one program at a time then…What was the first program that you enrolled in?
Initially I started off with the hospitality program because I thought that this would be the best opportunity to improve my English skills and truly immerse myself into the Canadian culture. I was placed in Lake Louise, Alberta and for the first month I was a Dishwasher then when the second month came around I continued to do Dishwashing but in addition to this I was both a server and a clerk in the resort gift shop. After a total of 3 1/2 months working at the resort I moved back to Vancouver and applied for the PR/Communications internship offered by INTERNeX at their Vancouver office. The reason why I chose to taken on this position was because I thought that this would be able to take my experience to the next level and be that final step towards breaking me out of my shell. I was an intern at the office for 5 months but due to the fact that the internship was unpaid I had to find another means of gaining an income so I could continue to stay in Canada. Thankfully INTERNeX was gracious enough to set me up with a coffee shop located just a few blocks away from the office in Gastown. It was at this location that I worked as a Barista for 4 months. Then during the 2009 Christmas Break I decided since I’d already done the other two programs why not do it all…so i enrolled in the Ranchstay program. For two weeks I was placed on a mixed farm in Montana where I had many “firsts”. For the first time in my life I rode horses, fed cows, herded buffalo and took care of numerous farm animals. This was definitely something that will stay with me forever. And last but not least, most of you know that Vancouver was the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics so before I returned home I thought what better way to end my trip then to try and get a job in the Olympics…so that’s what I did. I hired on as a member of the event service staff who were responsible for assisting media personnel and essentially acting as security by ensuring that everyone had the correct accreditation in order to gain entrance into the media tent. Throughout the few weeks that I worked there I met a considerable amount of athletes/celebrities. Some of the most memorable ones are Aiko Uemura, the Japanese Mogul Skier, Russian Figure Skating silver medalist, Evgeni Plushenko, Gold Figure Skating Couple, Tesse Virtue & Scott Moir, and last but not least BC Premier, Gordon Campbell

What was one of your most memorable moments of your entire stay?
I would have to say it was throughout my entire hospitality placement. It was such an entirely new and scary experience for me. For the first time in my life I was living all by myself in a foreign country where I knew no one. At first it was really hard but the staff that I worked with soon enough became my family and all my previous fears were completely gone!

If you to choose one program that you would recommend, which one would it be and why?
The internship program because it really helped me to grow on both a personal and professional level. Even though it is not a paid position the benefits that you reap are invaluable and it truly helped me to make lifelong connections with people from all over the world. Every day I was exposed to something new and I cannot even begin to explain how this has made me who I am today

What are some of the skills that you gained from your internship placement?
Good customer service skills, communication skills both intra and inter personal, building trust and numerous web site building skills

What one place/event/festival would you encourage people to check out?
Definitely Stanley Park. This amazing park, less than a mile from downtown Vancouver, is one of the city’s main tourist attractions and offers over 1,000 acres of an evergreen oasis. The park is full of wildlife and sometimes there is just nothing better then just to relax and take in the natural surroundings…it truly made me forget at times that i was still in the city

So what are you planning on doing once you return home to Kobe?
First i am planning on going back to University and to continue on with my environmental studies and I am also working on maintaining my connection with INTERNeX by recruiting Japanese University Students for the Ranchstay program. So it’s not really over yet…

If you have any more questions or queries about our programs please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

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

Candidate Expose-Anja

So lucky you! This week you have two candidate exposes. Anja is actually currently participating in the hospitality program. She was gracious enough to take the time out of her busy schedule to sit down with me (over the Internet of course) and answer a few of my questions in regards to her experiences in Canada. I think she is a perfect example of how beneficial our programs can be for our candidates future goals. So keep reading and see if the hospitality program might be for you!

What is your name?
Anja

Where are you originally from?
Munich Bavaria, Germany. I have lived there since i was born, so around 21 years ago.

Why did you want to come to Canada in the first place?
I had just recently finished up with my apprenticeship in Germany which i had been doing for the past three years in a hotel. I needed a change and so i decided to go abroad. Honestly at first i had no idea as to where i would like to go so i went through an agency back home and they gave me the option of either Canada or Australia and so i chose the former.

How did you find out about INTERNeX?
Well i applied in Germany through the agency known as StepIn and they are working together with INTERNeX and they said that INTERNeX was the company to work with if i was really interested in working in Canada.

Why did you choose to participate in the Hospitality Program?
I signed up for this program because i wanted to gain some invaluable experience in the international hotel business. I have already had some amazing experiences with my company and my language skills have improved drastically.

For how long were you participating in this program?
I will be working for one year in total. I started organizing everything last year in February with StepIn in Germany and in March I got in contact with Internex and 4 weeks later I found out that i would be going to Vancouver soon. And in May 2009 I finally arrived in Vancouver and had my meeting with Marien and she gave me all the details and than I was on my way to Banff. All happened very quickly!

What position do you currently hold at your site of employment?
Front Desk Agent.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on a daily basis?
Checking in and checking out guests, making reservations, dealing with complaints, giving information about all our resort has to offer, preparing check in packages for arriving guests, dealing with lost and found items and of course making our guests happy!

Do you feel that this experience has helped in terms of your future goals both professionally and personally?
I really do because it has helped me to learn so much about people, both Canadians and Americans, and how to deal with different situations which can be a challenge for me because i am not an English native speaker. Before i came here my English was really bad but now it makes me so happy when guests are telling my how great my English sounds!
When i worked in Germany i was very much focused on other people and what they need and i would always forget to ask myself what i really want. I never would do things just for me and now that i am here in Canada i am doing what i love and i am learning things about myself that i never really acknowledged. I would really like to open my own restaurant and hopefully have locations all over the world…and my experiences here are taking me one step closer to my dream.

What was one of the most memorable moments you have had in Canada so far?
By far when i met Connie, the president of the Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours. I had the pleasure of accompanying her on one of her many trips with her wolf Shaman. That was just amazing for me! I never in my life thought that i would meet a wolf face to face…but i can check that of my list now.

List the top three reasons why you would recommend others to participate in the Hospitality Program?
Everyday is different, you get to travel to lots of different places and you meet so many people from different cultures.

Have you managed to do any traveling? And what is the one place that you recommend people to visit in Banff?
So far i have managed to visit Vancouver, Jasper, Edmonton and lots of places around Banff of course. But at the end of my trip i am going to head over to Montreal, Toronto and Quebec. One place that i would highly recommend is The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel it is one of the most spectacular looking hotels i think i have ever seen-it truly looks like a castle!