The Ultimate Tofino Experience

Now that we are well and safe back in Vancouver it is time for another adventure. Last time we saw the beauties of the Rocky Mountains, so know it is time to discover the greatness of the ocean. From May 17th till May 19th we will enter Canada’s surf capital, Tofino.

Tofino attracts surfers, nature lovers, campers, whale watchers, fishermen, kayakers or anyone just looking to be close to the nature. The water is fairly constant at 10C year-round, which makes Tofino an all year-round place to visit. Beaches stretch over 35km having enough space for all water sport activities. Just North of Tofino the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park is located with its natural hot springs, a popular tourist destination.

We will departure Vancouver around 7:00am and make our way to the Ferry, which we take to Vancouver Island. At Vancouver Island we will make some stops, Englishman River Falls, Coombs Market, Cathedral Grove and will drive through the Pacific Rim National Park to our Hotel the Jamie’s Rainforest Inn where we will enjoy a campfire with marshmallow roast. The next day you have the time to choose between some optional activities such as, surfing, bear or whale watching, kayaking, hot springs, biking or just relaxing on the beach. For dinner we all will gather together for a nice BBQ dinner. On the third day you can enjoy your day by doing one of the previous mentioned activities or just relaxing and in the later afternoon we will make our way back to Vancouver were we will arrive approximately 10:00pm.

The price for the trip is $300 and includes everything written above, expect for the optional activities. If you want to join the tour make sure you pay (CASH) by no later than Friday 9th May 12:00pm. We will receive soon a list with the prices for the optional activities and will post them in another blog post for you. If you sign up for the trip at the office, please also tell us what you would like to do during the trip and we will arrange this for you. Click here to join the event on Facebook, so we know who is going!

We hope you are joining us to Tofino and make it another wild weekend. 

 

Are you in to experience a new adventure with your friends here in Canada? Than head over to our Facebook to join to event and come to our office before Friday 9th of May 12pm to pay

 

INTERNeX Canada: Smart Save Vancouver

Ok, all the people know, Vancouver is an expensive city. But with our “Smart Saver” guide, you can take notes about our little tips to keep your budget safe. Today, we are going to talk about cheap places to buy souvenirs.

In every trip there are three fundamental things to do:

–       Enjoy and try to visit the most places as possible

–       Take pictures to show to the people how amazing is your trip

–       Buy souvenirs for the family and friends

But sometimes souvenirs can be really expensive… and a lot of people usually wait to the last moment, inside the airport, to buy gifts. But come on, this is not very correct and you know that.

But firstly, which kind of souvenir are more commons?

–       A cap or a t-shirt with Canada written on it.

–       Something with a maple leaf

–       Something with a reindeer or a bear

–       Something with the Canadian Flag

And secondly, where can you go to buy them?

Canada Store: It’s a super cheap supermarket. There is some cool stuff that you can buy there! And after Canada Day they have amazing discounts, so take advantage of them!

$5.94 Reindeer and bear toys

$7 Plastic cups

$7 Water bottles

$0.94 Canadian cup and $2.44 Kids water bottle

It’s impossible to find in Downtown, but you can check the different locations here.

But if this store is pretty far away for you, there a lot of shops in Downtown. Water Street (Downtown) is a fantastic place to buy souvenirs!

Smiley’s, 355 Water Street

Cheers!

Clara.

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: How to scape from a bear!

In Canada, there are approximately 25,000 grizzly bears occupying British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nuvanut, and the northern part of Manitoba.

If you should happen to run into a bear or you find yourself face to face with a bear, do you know what to do? Read on, because here are some interesting tips!

  1.  First of all, keep calm! Most of bears try to avoid people, so you should not be afraid.
  2.  If the bear doesn’t seem dangerous or agressive and is far away, just make as much noise as you can. You’ll let him/her know your presence: talk loudly, make noise,etc. (but don’t whistle)
  3.  Keep your distance, but if the bear is closer, stop and  don’t panic! Remain calm and try to look as large as possible. Then, try to back slowly and speak softly.Beer deterrent
  4.  Carry bear spray! Yeah, it sounds funny, but it actually exists. It’s a special pepper spray and is an invaluable deterrent!! (Take care, it’s a good deterrent, but the scent of its resin can actually attract bears)

Just watch this funny video, it’ll help you a lot !

P.S. Just keep in mind guys: Do not feed bears guys! It’s illegal in all of Canadian and USA National parks, and bears will associate humans with easy food!

Best,

Mercedes

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: News/Fun facts

The other morning when I arrived at the office was so funny when my workmate Mayuco asked me: have you heard about the fresco restauration in a church of Spain?

What? No I haven´t heard anything! That´s true that when I am living abroad I used to disconnect of everything!

Here is the thing:  An old woman wanted to help to restore the old and high value fresco of the church of her village but she was just an amateur painter, so the poor woman tried but the result was kind of surprising. Jesus Christ doesn´t look like Jesus Christ anymore… he looks like a monkey, a grizzly bear or some stranger super funny animal but not a religious figure, not at all!

But a naive mistake turned into an international boom!  Vancouver is so far away for Spain and it appears here  in the newspapers and in the newscast so I can´t  imagine the revolution in Spain.

Now there is a lot of merchandising around this topic: t-shirts, cup, hats and with a lot of  differnt versions!

I am pretty sure that the problem was that the woman was trying to restore the fresco but looking the wrong picture!

She was so sad for the final result! It wasn´t her intention! But what she has done it´s the best advertising ever for the tourism of her village! So yes probably the village has lost an old fresco but they will win a lot of new visitors just to see the new attraction!

What about you? Do you know some funnies errors that make some place famous for that?

Share with us! We would love to hear that kind of stories!

Have a nice day!

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

INTERNeX Canada: News/Fun facts

This is my first time in Canada, and there are a lot of new things that catch my attention.

The other night when I was coming back home, I saw three skunks in my street. I had never seen one before and there were three! They were walking quietly and at the same time like if they were hand in hand (or claw in claw…or whatever that the skunks have).

But there are more! My flatmates and I were having dinner and just in front of our window we saw a big rackoon climbing on it! Of course we hurried up a close the window like if there were a lion instead.

There are gentle animals, but it´s better not to approach them because if they feel threatened they can attack, and better not try it! Especially with skunks!

Everybody knows that Vancouver has a lot of wildlife, but I live in the middle of the city! There are just some plants and trees around my home! I can´t imagine what you can find if you live near Stanley Park or one of the multiple parks, lakes that Vancouver has.

British Columbia has the greatest concentration in bears of the world with more than 100,000 bears. They could be considered the most dangerous animal in Canada, but the main problem is humans usually see them like a cuddly animals because teddy bears or cartoons and some people feed them which is particularly dangerous because then bears associate humans with food! So never feed them!

In Vancouver Island are common the cougars, it´s is like a big cat, but dangerous. They usually attack the littler or more vulnerable people, so we must be especially careful if there are any children or we are short and thin (Xenia please take care!)

In some parks of Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey nowadays we can often find coyotes. Humans are not usually in risk with them, but children can be!

We must enjoy all the awesome things that Vancouver offers like its wildlife but being always cautious!

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

Volunteer Project: Bears and Eagles

Did you know that INTERNeX also offers Volunteer-Programs? Besides the Internship, Hospitality, Work and Travel and Ranchstay Program it’s the 5th kind of Project we offer and if you like animals, than this is your Program!

Today we would like to introduce one of our many projects: “Bears and Eagles”. This great volunteer project is located on beautiful Vancouver Island.

You will be one of the few who will have the adventurous chance to help, rescue and rehabilitate Black bears and raptors.

It’s not the easiest volunteer-job you can get, but if you like challenging yourself that’s definitely one of the most exciting on you could chose!

After a few days the animals know and trust you and you will have lots of fun with them!

Duration: 8 to 12 Weeks

That’s what you would like to do? Than click here or look at the other volunteer projects we offer by clicking here.

Your PR-Team

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

Expose of the Week

This week I had an interview with Holger, but when he is in Canada his friends call him Artie, because for the Canadian people it is difficult to pronounce the name right. Holger has been in Vancouver for 8 weeks now, and upcoming Saturday he will go back to his home country Germany.

Why are you in Vancouver?
I am here to do an internship. The main purpose of my internship is to improve my English. A few years ago I was a couple of days in Vancouver, and I saw how beautiful the city is. When I got the chance to go to Toronto or Vancouver it was easy to choose, Vancouver of course! Furthermore many people say that Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

Why did you choose Canada?
I choose Canada because the people are so friendly here. Much more friendly than the Americans, I notice this when I was in America for six weeks. And I like the temperature here in Vancouver! Furthermore I like the surroundings with the beautiful landscapes, Rocky Mountains, and Vancouver Island.

What do you like most about Vancouver?
This is a hard questions, because I like so many things here in Vancouer. But I like the Grouse Mountain the most. The view is amazing, and it really feels like you are in the mountains, while it is only 30 minutes away from Downtown Vancouver. Unfortunatly I have been there only once.

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?
I found the company via my university.

How did you like your internship?
I like it a lot. During the first two weeks I did not had a lot of tasks and responsibilities, but after two weeks I got more work to do which was very nice and interesting. I worked at the Financial Department together with another intern, who was German as well.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
During the first two weeks I had to prepare spreadsheets for the president, making copies, and give folders some structure. By doing this I learned a lot about the company.
After two weeks I got more tasks and responsabilites, I worked at the Financial Department. I had to send pay reminders to clients, prepare check deposits, work on different projects, and help with the money processing.

Is it related to the study you are doing back home?
Yes, it is related to my study. I study Taxation and Auditing. Business administration is a big part of my study. During my internship I was able to apply the theory about Business administration I learned at my university.

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?
I have done so many things to last 8 weeks! I went to Tofino, Seattle, Rocky Mountains, and Grouse Mountain. Furthermore I joined two INTERNeX-events, namely the 3-day Whistler trip and the 2-day rafting-trip in Chilliwack. Furthermore I went to Stanley Park, Jericho Beach, Spanish Banks, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Granville Island.

What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?
There are so many things that were memorable. For example that I saw a bear in the village of Whistler, which was only two meter away from me! I run away very hard, and I tried to make some pictures!
And I will never forget East Hastings. It is unbelievable to see so many homeless people in one street! I have visit many cities in my life, but I had never seem something like that!
Furthermore I will never forget the romantic sunset at English Bay, it was so beautiful!

How long did you stay in Vancouver?
My total stay in Vancouver is 8,5 week.

What is the first thing you will do when you return back home?
I will eat ‘Paprikalyonerbrotchen’, a typical German sandwich.
Furthermore I will enjoy my room, because when I am back in Germany I do not have to share my room anymore.

What was the best thing about your Internship/your stay in Canada?
The best thing is that I improved my business English communication. Because of that, I feel more comfortable to speak to native-speakers and I am able to understand them better.

What was the worst thing about your Internship/stay in Canada?
There was nothing, when I can go back in time I will not change anything, because everything was just perfect!

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes! Especially to students from my university, since we are always very busy. I focussed on my study, and INTERNeX arranged everything for me! My Accomodation, my internship etc. So when I arrived in Vancouver everything was arranged, perfect!

Thank you Holger for this interview. It is great to hear that you have a great here in Vancouver! Enjoy your last days, and I wish you the best!

Cheers,

lydia

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