Candidate Exposé – Nicholas Kesteloot

My name is Nicholas and I am from Brussels, Belgium. I am 21 years old and I am finishing my third year of my marketing bachelor. I decided to come to Canada mostly to experience a different working environment and mentality, but also because I like traveling in general. Besides that Vancouver specifically was a city I wanted to visit.

Nicholas Kesteloot

I found INTERNeX through a man named Jacques Allemeersch. He came to my school in Belgium talking about the possibility to do an internship in Canada or New Zeeland. So through him I came in contact with INTERNeX. I was placed for a practicum at a tour company located in downtown Vancouver. They do trips to the Rockies, Seattle, Tofino and more, and also organises parties and events. I really like it there! You need to be initiative and responsible here, and being charismatic and creative also comes in quite handy. The practicum is part of my university program and will very likely be a useful asset on my resume.

During my stay in Vancouver I lived in a homestay, which INTERNeX found. My first impression of Vancouver was not that great because I really did not like my first homestay and also because there was an unusual snowstorm when I arrived. However, I really like the city now and wish I could have stayed longer.

I have attended most of the pub nights the INTERNeX PR-team organises, and I think they are great (and necessary) as they allow you to meet other people in similar situations from all around the world. If I could give one recommendation, it would be to make some kind of introductory game at pub nights for new students so they get fully integrated. I didn’t participate in any trips however, mostly because I could do trips for free through my internship.

Activities I did and places I visit are; hikes on the Grouse Grind, Lynn Canyon, Deep Cove Nicholas Kesteloot (words)and Lighthouse Park, I have been on tours to the Rockies, Seattle and Whistler. What I like most about Vancouver and Canada are the great outdoors, and the possibility to hike in the summer and ski/snowboard in the winter. The most memorable thing I’ve done here is probably playing ice hockey on Lake Louise. There were also some challenges during my stay in Canada, like understanding the prices and especially finding good food for a good price.

I have already liked travelling prior to my stay in Vancouver, so it didn’t really inspire me to travel more, but I am definitely interested in coming back to Vancouver. INTERNeX was helpful for me because they helped me find an internship and a homestay, and it allowed me to meet more people from all around the world who are also doing internships or working, so I might recommend it to others.

When I get back home I will first get back in touch with my friends and family, but I also have some administration to do to get ready for next year.

– Nicholas

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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Hello everybody!

You already know INTERNeX is a really international company!

Actually our Public Relations Team is formed by 5 different nationalities! But the best of this multicultural group is that we can celebrate each national festivity together! Last Wednesday  was especially for our American intern Katie!

After a great Canada Day, 4th July arrived with such a big celebration in United States! This day commemorates the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain signed on July 4 of 1776.

All the PR team attended a parade near Seattle and then the awesome fireworks in the city! You can´t imagine how crowded it was! Sometimes I looked around and it just seemed like we were in a film, with all the people on their blankets, the comets in the sky, American flags all around, carnival games…

Which will be the next festivity to celebrate?

In fact there are a couple of possibilities.

This month, the 21st of July, we can celebrate the Belgium National Day, with our Belgium intern Lies. Or maybe we will wait for Xenia until the 3rd of October to celebrate the Day of German Unity or until the 12th of October for the Spain National Day.

We also can wait a bit longer for The Liberation Day in The Netherlands on 5th of May for our Dutch intern, Petra.

No matter what nationality you are, you can celebrate them all! The more possibilities, the more fun!

When is your country´s national day? How do you celebrate it?

Just let us know and we can celebrate together!

Check our flickr page out to see more pictures



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Emmily Noré – New intern at INTERNeX

Hi everyone!

My name is Emmily Noré and I’m a new intern at INTERNeX. I’m working for the City Placement Program, where I help candidates to find a paid position at one of the many restaurants or cafés in Vancouver. Candidates for the Internship Program or Ranchstay Program may also meet me at the INTERNeX office for an orientation or interview.

I’m originally from Belgium, but I’ve spent lot’s of time abroad. I backpacked through Guatemala, South-East Asia, USA,… and I studied in Cracow, Poland for a year. I have been to Canada several times and each time I love the country more and more, so I decided to do an internship here in Vancouver.

After one week in Vancouver and working at INTERNeX I can already say it’s been a great decision! INTERNeX is all about broaden your horizon. Wether you travel, study or work abroad, it’s a great way to explore the world and to learn about other cultures (and your own!).

We work hard, but there’s more than just work! Last weekend I joined some crazy INTERNeX interns for an incredible weekend  rafting in Chilliwack. Eating marshmallows, singing by the  campfire and encouraging each other to step into that boat, it’s a  great way to get to know each other! Here’s a picture of me and my roomy Hannah near the Chilliwack river. (I’m the girl on the left)


Still a bit tired and sore, but ready to start a new week! Maybe see  more of you on wednesday’s pub night?