Candidate Exposé – Andreas Bächler

 

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My name is Andreas. I’m 21 years old and I’m from Denmark. I came to Canada in May 2016 and I am going home now one year later. At the moment I’m not studying anything but I plan to do so after the summer. Which education, I’m not sure about yet. The reason I came to Canada is that I went to Toronto to visit some family in 2009. Back then I fell in love with the country and decided then I would return one day.

Before I knew about INTERNeX I was in contact with a Danish travel agency, Travel Alott, who helped people like me – people who want to explore the world – to reach our dreams. They directed me to INTERNeX, who I was told operated in Canada and therefore would be able to help me out with my dream, which was to go abroad and work for a year in Canada.

I participated in the Work and Travel program, because I wanted to earn some money as well during my stay so I was able to go on small trips around Canada and the US without being worried about money. I liked it, even though I worked a lot I got to see everything I wanted to see when I came. Even a bit extra that I didn’t expect to do before I came. It was indeed a good mix of “Work” and “Travel” during my stay in Canada.

I was placed at a coffeeshop in North Vancouver. I was a barista and made delicious drinks for the customers. I liked the work a lot. Even though I had to spend an hour and a half in the bus to get there, it was worth it. The beautiful location was just amazing. From the counter we had a great view over the ocean and the mountains in the horizon. It was, more or less, always busy and the customers were so nice and polite and were always interested in knowing where you were from. I had the best colleagues and a good relationship with my boss. If I wanted some days off for a trip to wherever, my boss always did everything he could to make it possible. So to sum up, I couldn’t’ t have imagined a better place to have worked at.

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To work at a coffeeshop you need to be good with people, have some good communication skills and be able to work under stress. Sometimes there were cues to the door and you might had 5 drinks lined up, so you should be able to keep yourself calm and still be able to work fast. Cooperation is an important skill as well, because you might work with two or three persons and you needed to be sure who did what and when, so you still would be able to make drinks for the customers but also do the different chores that need to be done, such as cleaning.

If you wanted to, you could also try out latte-art, which is a creative way to make the drinks better. You taste with your eyes as well and therefore a heart or nice flower in your latte will make the drink better for most people. It took a bit more effort than making a regular drink, but people always were so happy when they got it, which made it worth it.

During my stay I lived with a host family arranged by INTERNeX in East Vancouver and I absolutely loved it. I felt welcome from the first day till the last. My first impression of Vancouver was, how friendly and open its people were. I had chats with people everywhere I went, in the bus, on the streets etc. It was really cool, made me feel welcome to their city.

I still have the impression now that Vancouver has a really open-minded population. Its big diversity of people makes everybody feel like home, no matter where you are from. Besides that I just fell in love with the city after a while. If not for the people, then just for the beautiful location Vancouver has. Close to the ocean and the mountains and only one hour away from the US. It couldn’t’ t be any better.

I tried to participate in as many INTERNeX events as possible. Pub nights, trips, Andreas Bachler (words)everything. I enjoyed them a lot. I thought it was a great place to meet people. And putting the pub nights on a Wednesday was the best idea ever, since putting pineapple on pizza. The PR-team was always good to help out new people and make them feel part of the group.

I went to the Rockies, Portland and Kelowna with INTERNeX. Besides that we went hiking a couple of times, had a Halloween party, saw the Chinese New Year Parade, celebrated Canada day and much more. Besides that I visited Whistler, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast, Toronto and Victoria.

What I like most about Vancouver is the diversity of people and the beautiful surroundings. Canada in general I would say the people. No matter where I’ve been to in the country, I always met friendly and helpful people.

The only challenge I really had to face here was when it was winter and there was a lot of snow around, it was I’d say challenging to find a bus that drove so I could get to work.

It is really hard to find one really memorable thing so I will just mention a few.

  • When I went to the Rockies with INTERNeX. We had such a fun time. I saw a lot of beautiful nature and partied with the best folks at night.
  • When I hiked Black Tusk. We were with five people and it took us 10 hours from where we left the car till we got back. The view from he top of the mountain was gorgeous and incomparable to everything I’ve seen before.
  • All the times I went to Whistler. When I went there with my parents during the summer and hiked on top of the mountains. Also the times I rented a car with friends and made a short road trip out of it.
  • And of course all the times I’ve been skiing. I finally learned it, and now I miss it. Cypress Mountain and The Big White it was an awesome time.

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INTERNeX really helped me to get started. They advised me about a mobile plan, bank and tax return. And if you ever had questions at all, about anything, they were always happy to help you out. So I would recommend the service of INTERNeX to others.

The first thing I will do when I get back home is just having a descent Danish meal with my parents and brothers. The trip definitely inspired me to travel more. This summer I’m going to travel a bit around Europe to visit people I’ve met in Vancouver.

– Andreas

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: Picture of the week

Have you crossed a suspension bridge? INTERNeX went to Lynn Canyon last Sunday and we had the opportunity to get this photo of Jenny, one of our candidates crossing it!

It is awesome, isn´t it?

Don´t miss the opportunity of joining us in all the events we have planned for you!

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 Upcoming Events

INTERNeX Canada: Trip to Victoria from 19th to 21th of May

LAST DAY to SIGN UP!!!
Our trip trip is packed with so many fun things to see and do.

This price includes:
-2 nights hotel accommodation at the historic Strathcona Hotel right in the middle of downtown
-Deluxe Coach Transport
-Breakfast on both mornings
– Ferry Fees
– Experienced & friendly tour guides
– Entertainment, games & prizes
– Discounts on activities
– Free cover to the nightclub

Optional Activities (for a discounted fee) include:
-Zip lining @ Adrenaline
-Whale watching
– Kayaking

This trip is going to be AMAZING. If you are interested in signing up or have any other questions about the trip please feel free to email us at pr@internexcanada.com.

 

INTERNeX Canada: Movie Night „Dark Shadows” on 15th of May

When was the last time you watched a movie? Some time ago? Then it`s time to go to a movie theatre!

Price: $7,99 + Tax
Where: At Scotiabank Theatre, 900 Burrard Street
When: 15th May 2012, Tuesday
Meeting point: 7:30 pm in front of the Theatre

We look forward to a great movie evening with you! See you all tomorrow at 7:30 pm in front of the Scotiabank Theatre.

PuB NiGHT on 16th of May @ Malone`s:

Like every Wednesday, this time we  found another great pub for you – the Malone’s Pub at 608 West Pender Street. We meet as usual at 8:30 pm to enjoy the Wednesday night together with a few drinks. We look forward to seeing you all again!

To all INTERNeX candidates…Your support is needed!

Hi everybody!

I hope you are all enjoying your time in Canada!

We are really impressed by your great input, such as the report about the last Canucks game that Florian sent to us (thanks, Florian!). It is a pleasure for us to be part of your experience in Canada and we are glad that you also want to share it with the rest of the world!

As you might remember, INTERNeX recently uploaded a video of the Snowtubing event on youtube. We received a lot of positive feedback and want to continue shooting short clips about INTERNeX events and more importantly your experiences.

The INTERNeX family of candidates is continuously growing. Therefore we want to provide potential candidates with your opinion on INTERNeX, the program you are on and your time in Canada. The idea is basically to film testimonials of YOU! Our INTERNeX family. If you would like to share your experiences, be on camera and on our YouTube channel, please don’t hesitate to contact us at pr@internexcanada.com! It will help folks just like you who are interested in coming to Canada and following one of our programs to get a better understanding of what the internship, hospitality, volunteer or city placement program is about.

It will be a lot of fun to film the clips since the set will not be in the office. We will go outside and visit some nice locations of Vancouver. Maybe you have an idea where to go? What is your favorite place in this beautiful city? Maybe we can drop by your placement company and do the interview!

 

Let me know!

Cheers,

Ziska

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



INTERNeX on Youtube!

As from today on, the video from the snowtubing event that took place last Saturday can be seen on youtube aswell! It was a great day! INTERNeX has its own channel with a lot of video testimonials, so you can check out what others think about their time in Vancouver. From now on, INTERNeX will do its best to shoot more videos, not only about our fun trips and events but also of our dear candidates who would like to share their experiences with others! So if you would like to have a word and be on camera for talking about your time in Canada, send a mail to pr@internexcanada.com.

Cheers,
Ziska

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

INTERNeX Candidate Newsletter

Check your email for the last INTERNeX candidate newsletter of this year! To be honest there’s a mistake in it, so I really want to make it right here. The picture of Mika was selected for the picture of the week. Unfortunately something went wrong and in the newsletter you see the picture from last week from Angelica. Sorry girls! The right picture that has to be in the newsletter is:

Cheers,

Elvera

Closing Interview with Mette

 

 

Mette at our INTERNeX Office

 

It is now time for an update on one of our INTERNeX members.  As we say goodbye to one of our interns, Mette, I sat her down to a closing interview so she can impart some of what she’s learned along the way with our fellow INTERNeX community. 

Here is the interview in a Q&A format:

1) Today is your last day at INTERNeX, how are you feeling today?

Feels happy and sad at the same time.  Happy about the good experience.

2) What was your first impression of INTERNeX when you first stepped into the office?

It felt like a laid back and welcoming place.

3) In your opinion, what differentiates INTERNeX from all the other companies offering individual services, such as internship placement?

There is no other company doing the same thing as we do.  We have knowledge and compassion for each candidate.

4) What is your position at INTERNeX?

Public Relations and Hospitality Intern

5) What have you learned in this position and what skills will you take with you in your future jobs?

I have learned to manage a lot of different things at the same time and to be creative.  I have become able in taking on new challenges without problems, and have gained a lot of confidence from my experience that I can use in my future career.

6) What wisdom would you impart on future interns of INTERNeX?

Take initiative and be positive.  Have fun, enjoy every minute and see the opportunities for learning in each day.

7) What do you wish you had learned during your position?

I’ve learned more than I’ve wished for.

8) Are there any last comments you would like to leave for people?

Just to work, live, and learn…and make sure to laugh and have fun the whole way. 😉

And that’s all folks! As you can see Mette had a very fulfilling experience at INTERNeX! If you too would like to embark on an amazing and enriching journey, come to INTERNeX and check us out.  Our door is always open.

CHEERIOS,

TRACY

 

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