Candidate Exposé – Lukas Hug

My name is Lukas and I’m 22. I live in the Southern part of Germany and study economics there.

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Timothy, the CEO of INTERNeX, visited our university and introduced the organization and all the programs. I heard about the beauty of Canada and wanted to make a new experience. My plan was to see the Canadian culture and their working life. I would recommend INTERNeX, it is a good organization. They helped me with my visa and they organized my practicum and host family.

I did a practicum in Vancouver. I really liked it, it was an awesome experience. I worked at a financial services firm. My colleagues were really friendly and they gave me interesting tasks. You must be interested in financial issues and you need analytical skills. Moreover you should be a team player. It is useful for my career goals because working in Canada is different to working in Germany. I made good working experiences that will help me in my future career.

I lived at a host family and I loved it. They were awesome to me. From day one, I felt at home. On my first day in Vancouver my host family organized a barbecue at Kitsilano Beach. We enjoyed the sunrise there and it was a really good start in this beautiful city.

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During my time in Vancouver I saw many beautiful and interesting places and made lots of new friends. I attended almost every pub night. It was a good opportunity to meet new people. After every pub night we went to a karaoke bar, it was so much fun. I went on a Rocky Mountains trip, to the Joffre Lakes, Victoria, Whistler, Garibaldi Lake, Grouse Mountain, Stanley Park, Granville Island and to many more places. And I attended several sport events, e.g. a hockey, soccer and baseball match. I love this beautiful nature and the open-hearted people. The most memorable thing was going to the Joffre Lakes and feeding wild animals. Staying in the Rocky Mountains and sitting next to a bonfire at night was really nice as well.

The first thing I did when I came back in Germany was enjoying time with my family and friends. Hopefully I can go back to Canada soon.

– Lukas Hug

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 – Klara Krieg

Klara KriegMy name is Klara, 21 years old and I am from Germany. Currently I am studying Business-Engineering. I decided to go to Canada for the international experience and because I have a fascination for the country.

I found Internex through my university, since they have a collaboration. I am doing an internship here at the moment and I really like it! For my internship you need to be able to work independently and be open-minded as a person.

My first impression I got when I came here is that the airport looked nice but small and that Canada is absolutely beautiful. I still feel that way now. The PR-team organises events and activities and I think they are really good. I love the events and the girls do a very good job organizing everything! So I kind of attended nearly every event in the last 3 months.

What I like most is that Canada is just a beautiful, fascinating country with a lot of different attractions. The nature is stunning, especially Vancouver with the beaches, mountains and city centre!

A difficulty I had to face here is that I am living in Surrey, which is too far away from downtown Vancouver… but that is kinds of the only negative part about my entire stay here. The most memorable things for me are the hikes I did and the great people I’ve met.

Internex was helpful for me to give me a good orientation, good support and the events helped a lot to meet new people and to have a great time in Vancouver. I would definitely recommend it!

This experience definitely inspired me to travel more, but I don’t know where I will travel at the moment. When I get back in Germany the first thing I will do is eating bread and CHEESE! And meeting my boyfriend and family again!

– Klara

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

INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend!

Last Saturday we went for a fantastic Big Bus Tour around Vancouver. Vancouver has too many places to see, but if you don’t have enough time this bus is the perfect option for you!

It was a little bit cloudy at the beginning, but still we could enjoy the beautiful city and during the tour the sun showed up!

We started the tour in Water Street, in Gastown, and the bus took us to the most beautiful and important places in Van!

The bus from Gastown took us to Canada place and then continued its way to English Bay.

The bus continued to Stanley Park, and there we  changed to a special bus which goes over the whole park. There we could enjoy the Lost Lagoon, the Totem Poles and then we stopped to take pictures of Lions Gate Bridge!

This was one of my favorite parts of the tour because from some points of Stanley Park we could see the amazing skyline of Downtown Vancouver!

After Stanley Park, we continued our way to Granville Island, this amazing and peculiar place!

There we could take a ferry loop on False Creek from Granville Island to English Bay and return.

When we finished exploring a little bit the Public Market we came back to finish our tour, going over the Chinese Gardens and Chinatown.

I forgot to mention that during our tour we could enjoy 2 big events in Downtown: The Anime Revolution 2013 and the Vancouver Zombie Walk!

Without any doubt, it was an amazing afternoon !!

What did you do during the weekend guys? I hope you enjoyed it as I did !

See you soon!

Best,

Mercedes

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

PuB NiGHT Review!

IMG_0011Yesterday we went to Blarney Stone, a classic Irish pub in Gastown, for our weekly pub night.

As soon as you step inside, you’ll be welcomed by a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.

The place and the service were really nice, and the drinks were not pricey (as I announced, $4 Pints, Highballs and shooters and $2 sliders) Not a bad deal, right?

By the way, I tried the sliders and yam fries and they were really tasty!

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It was my first pub night with you guys and it was a really good one, not just because of the place but because of you all ! We were chatting and I could get to know some of you a lot better!

Now that the good weather is coming I encourage you to join us in our weekly pub nights ,have a few drinks and enjoy these beautiful and sunny days!

And don’t forget that if you are new in the city that’s the best way to meet awesome people !

I’m sure it’ll be totally worth it!

I hope to see you soon and thank you all for coming!

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: Casual Fridays

This weekend is a long one guys, because it’s Easter! When I hear Easter, I automatically think of bunnies, basket full of eggs, chocolate (of course), and flowers. But I always wondered why there are such thing as Easter bunnies? Why do they lay eggs? Where are the hens?

According to an old legend, Easter began with the pagan celebration of the goddess Ostara. She was associated with the Spring season and fertility. The goddess entertained children by turning her pet bird into a rabbit. The rabbit then gave colorful eggs as presents to the children.

If that wasn’t enough, I came across a short story for children that “tries” to explain…

Why the Easter Bunny Brings Eggs (adapted by Jean Warren)

Once upon a time, there was a King who had a very powerful magician at his court.  One day, the magician gave the King a hen that laid beautiful eggs for a present. The king liked the eggs but he was greedy and he told his magician that he would like the hen better, if she could lay eggs of gold.  So the Magician worked another magic spell and sure enough the hen started laying eggs of gold.

The king was delighted.  He became very rich and the envy of the other kings.  He kept his special hen in a golden cage next to his thrown.  He knew that someday, someone would try to steal his hen, so whenever visitors came,  he would have his magician come and hide the special hen and substitute an ordinary hen in the cage.

Sure enough, one day someone ran off with the hen in the golden cage.  The king was glad he had had his magician switch the hens.  He sent word for the magician to bring back his hen.  But the next day, when the king looked in his golden cage all he found was a white rabbit.  “What’s this!” said the King.  “Little rabbit, how did you get in here?  The King opened the cage and had his footman take the rabbit back out to the woods where he belonged.  Then he called for his magician.

“Where is my magic hen?”, asked the King.  I told you to bring her back. “I did bring her back,” said the magician.  “I put her in the cage”, I just didn’t have time to change her back into a hen.”

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This is Rolo 🙂

They never did find the little white rabbit, but from that day forward, children found colorful eggs hidden all over the kingdom.  And some say, that every once in a while someone found a golden one.

Yeah right, I don’t think so. Actually, I have two rabbits at home named Rolo and Coco..maybe they will leave trails of golden eggs and make me filthy rich 😉

Happy Easter and have a great long weekend!

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: PuB NiGHT Review!

Yesterday, we went to Steamworks for our weekly pub night! It was great because so many people came out (especially some who never have before). I guess they finally decided to join the dark side. But I’m sure it was also because of the Rockies trip! We were all so excited that we couldn’t stop talking about it. We discussed what to pack, what to bring, and how much were are going to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.

Life is so much better when you go out to drink during the week, isn’t it? Just wait until the Summer finally starts rolling in…with hot weather and gorgeous sunsets in Vancouver, you’ll be dying to come out to our pub nights every day! 

Actually, there is another reason why I love our weekly pub nights. You get to know everyone a lot better at these events. The more time you share with that person, the more you’ll know about them.  These nights are for  personal stories, laughing together at funny jokes, and sharing great memories. It’s always a good time at INTERNeX pub nights and I also get learn so much about every one.  Who doesn’t want to be around these bunch of lovely people?

Thank you all for coming 😉

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 Explorer: The Rocky Mountains -Part 3

Next weekend, we are finally going to the Rocky Mountains trip! So close yet so far…but I’m sure time will fly by. So on our last night, we will be staying in Golden, BC. Let’s find out more about this place, shall we?

Golden is near six of the most spectacular Canadian National Parks  (Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho). It was first explored by David Thompson, a Canadian pioneer during 1807, when he stumbled upon the future site of Golden.  Like Valemount and Banff, Golden also contributed to the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway as it became a base camp that extended the line further west in order to create a cross-country network of rails.

This place is now a major attraction for tourists with many activities to do including skiing, back-country skiing, mountain biking and river rafting. The town also thrives on its forest industry. The forest industry began with the development of CPR, which was also used for buildings and bridges.

Golden also lies near the Kicking Horse River. How did it get that name? It’s actually an interesting story…an explorer James Hector was crossing a river when he accidentally got kicked and knocked unconscious by his own horse! He was thought to be dead. But as they were about to bury him, Hector woke up and started to move around. They called the river the Kicking Horse.

I am counting down the days until we get to see this beautiful and historical place 🙂 are you?

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