Candidate Exposé – Sebastian Herzog

Sebastian Herzog1I am Sebastian and I am 20 years old. Sweet 19 when I arrived from Germany. I am planning to study economics in October 2017.

I decided to come here since Canada, and especially Vancouver seemed to have a great variety of mountains, beaches and a beautiful city itself to offer. After staying here now for quite a long time I still haven’t explored everything around the area.

Internex was introduced to me by a German agency, where I applied for my time abroad. Using Internex is great, as the agency’s office is not back in your home country but just around the corner in the city where you stay.

I decided to do an Internship at a charity company. The management at Internex offeredSebastian Herzog (words) me specific and personalized Internship positions where to apply. This was great, as you end up in the right place and you likely do what you wanted to do. Having an appropriate level of English is necessary in this company. Always stay open minded to tasks that you might never did in you live as well as not being afraid of doing responsible assignments. I would definitely stress out that you grow with your tasks at the company. The practicum was not required for my university program, but I do find it still useful.

During my time in Vancouver I stayed with a host family. Looking back I am really satisfied. We did some trips together including camping and lots of hikes, which were awesome. Staying in a home stay where a fellow Internex candidate is staying is a bonus as well. Someone can show you around and later you can introduce Vancouver to the following student.

In the beginning Vancouver seems really big but by now I would say it feels like a familiar town where you now every second corner.

Sebastian Herzog4I attended lots of activities organized by Internex. They where well organized and there was lots of variety. It is even more an opportunity to get to know the country and know people from all over the world. The list of places I visited will never end, so some main places are; Whistler, the Rocky Mountains and Kelowna.

I cannot tell what I enjoy the most here, but there are quite a lot little things, which makes this time special. For example getting up every morning, seeing the downtown skyline with the bay in the background and all that in front of beautiful mountains looks just great.

Running out of money is a struggle that most of us have here I guess. I’ve probably never been that broke in my life than at some points here. Sorry mum for that.

Traveling to Whistler and seeing all the waterfalls and frozen lakes on the way will always stay in my memories. Besides that I saw a wild black bear next to our tent at the camping ground, which is awesome looking back on it.

The first thing I will do when I get back home is seeing all my friends and family again.

– Sebastian

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? Paintball for Charity!

It’s getting cold in Vancouver! So what do I do to check the weather on Sunday? No, not the logical way of going to the weather channel or looking outside, but on Facebook of course!

From the few statuses that popped up, my friends who live near me said it was snowing. I live on somewhat of a hill so sometimes it snows where I am, but not in other areas of Vancouver. Indeed Facebook was right and it was snowing. Mind you, it was only wet snow, but that’s a good start!

Despite the wet and dreary weather, 7 of us made it to North Shore Paintball to battle it out!  This was no ordinary paintball game. We raised $100 to go towards Children’s Hunger Fund to help children who are in need. Thank you to those who came out for this event!

The stage at for paintball seriously looked like a zombie apocalypse had taken over. There were hills, car tires, bushes and tree house-like fortresses for you to hide in. Astrid commented that it was like playing Counter Strike so just imagine that, but in real life!

Other than the INTERNeX crew, there were other groups of teenage boys playing with and against us. Definitely don’t underestimate the little ones because they know what they are doing. We were split into two teams and played a series of 15-minute games such as straight elimination or capture-the-flag where one team is defending their bomb and the other is trying to find it.

To win, you definitely have to get down and dirty. It was raining and everything was covered in mud, but after a while you just don’t care whether your shoes are now soaked.

I’ll admit that this wouldn’t have been my idea of fun on a rainy Sunday, but sometimes you just got to try new things and do things even if you don’t want to. It was like being a kid again and I really, really had a great time!

Looking forward to the next weekend already! Who is excited to come to Seattle

Cheers,

Queenie

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

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Cristiane, a lovely German girl who is doing her internship in Vancouver. She comes from Dusseldorf and she has been in Canada for 2 months and she will stay for another two more. Her workplace is located in the representative Woodwars Building!

Why did you choose Canada?

I choose to come to Canada, because a bunch of friends of mine had been before and all of them were absolutely in love with this country, so I thought “If it is so nice, I have to see for myself”.

What kind of internship are you doing?

I am an intern in a non-profit organization, a community economic development charity which helps people to develop productive futures and build sustainable communities.

Is your internship useful?

Absolutely, I had to do a three-month internship in order to be able to continue with my studies and doing it here gives me the opportunity of gaining international experience and continue practicing English at the same time that I develop task related with my degree.

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

I usually work in the social media marketing and the advertising, office work like receiving people, answering the phone… And what I like the most is helping with the charity golf tournament which is a fundraising event. This money will be used to help people giving them the opportunity of reinsertion into society after drug abuse or another problem.

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?

I love the open-minded and friendly people and this city has plenty of them. Vancouver also has a lot of different things to offer, is a big city, with mountains, sea…

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

I visited Whistler and Victoria and did other several short trips like Grouse Mountain, False Creek, Capilano… and of course I will visit 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 attend whenever I can and I find it a really good way to meet new people and to avoid homesickness. It is great to be with people that are in the same situation as you are.

What´s the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?

Thanks to INTERNeX I found my internship. Actually the PR Team is the best thing! They are an excellent connection between the candidates and the organization, you always have someone to talk to.

Would you recommend INTERNeX?

Yes, it is a relief to have someone to support you, in whom you can trust if there is a problem. The social events help to meet people so you are not alone in the new country.

Thank you Cristiane for the interview!

Cheers,

Irene

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

Toronto Jazz Festival – June 25 to July 4

Just a reminder that the Toronto Jazz Festival is coming up!

Late June signals not only the start of summer, but also the arrival of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival as it takes over the city for 10 incredible days. Local clubs, restaurants, venues and even a church or two will be playing host, creating a festival network that includes over 40 participating stages all over the city. Now, that is a lot of jazz! We don’t forget about you guys in Toronto, and really want you to experience a great Canadian event – make sure you don’t pass this up!

For the past 20 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has produced the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival as well as many other events and programs to further develop jazz talent and audience appreciation. Toronto Downtown Jazz is a registered charity and over the years has come to be recognized as one of North Americas premier jazz festival producers, while the organization itself has been used by other arts organizations and festivals as a model for community involvement, artistic excellence and outstanding production standards.

Toronto Downtown Jazz Fast Facts

In 20 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has:

  • Presented over 20,000 artists, 85% of whom were Canadian
  • Presented over 1,500 free public events
  • Contributed over $250 million to the GTA economy
  • Been blessed with over 50,000 hours contributed by volunteers
  • Welcomed over 6 million people to the Festival

For more information on this event, artists, and venues, click here!

That’s all for now guys! Make sure you book off a few days to take in some great performances!

– Laura

Toronto Jazz Festival – June 25 to July 4

Just a reminder that the Toronto Jazz Festival is coming up!

Late June signals not only the start of summer, but also the arrival of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival as it takes over the city for 10 incredible days. Local clubs, restaurants, venues and even a church or two will be playing host, creating a festival network that includes over 40 participating stages all over the city. Now, that is a lot of jazz! We don’t forget about you guys in Toronto, and really want you to experience a great Canadian event – make sure you don’t pass this up!

For the past 20 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has produced the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival as well as many other events and programs to further develop jazz talent and audience appreciation. Toronto Downtown Jazz is a registered charity and over the years has come to be recognized as one of North Americas premier jazz festival producers, while the organization itself has been used by other arts organizations and festivals as a model for community involvement, artistic excellence and outstanding production standards.

Toronto Downtown Jazz Fast Facts

In 20 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has:

  • Presented over 20,000 artists, 85% of whom were Canadian
  • Presented over 1,500 free public events
  • Contributed over $250 million to the GTA economy
  • Been blessed with over 50,000 hours contributed by volunteers
  • Welcomed over 6 million people to the Festival

For more information on this event, artists, and venues, click here!

That’s all for now guys! Make sure you get the chance to take in some great performances, stay tuned for a possible meeting spot with INTERNeX!

– Laura

Chinatown and Richmond Summer Night Markets

If you haven’t been out to a summer night market yet, you need to experience this while in Vancouver!

The summer night markets commit to representing ethnic diversity by inviting the celebration of many cultural festivities on site, promoting new and young talent on stage, giving opportunities to many charities and assisting them towards their goals, and most of all, offering many types of entrepreneurs, including the young and old, a  place for business opportunities.

A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts & ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before! The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic handicrafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD, VCD, DVD, delicious snacks & ethnic food…etc. You don’t even need to buy anything – you can stroll around and enjoy the multicultural performances: folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts, lion dance, bands… as well as games & prizes! Spend a summer night at the the Chinatown or Richmond Night market!

They are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all summer long.

Click here for further information on the Chinatown Summer Nights Market!

Click here for further information on the Richmond Summer Nights Market!

– Laura

31 Cents Ice Cream in Canada

On April 28, from 5:00-10:00PM, if there’s a Baskin Robbins around you, GO!

Baskin Robbins will be selling 2.5 oz scoop or 3 oz. soft serve cone of your desired ice cream flavor for only 31 cents. What’s even better is that the proceeds will go towards the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF).

I love ice cream, especially anything with chocolate in it! And knowing that the proceeds will be going to charity is an added bonus! Bring your friends and your families and enjoy wonderful scoops of ice cream on April 28. In addition, there will be fire truck tours and on-site fire fighters depending on the location.

Throughout the month of March and April, Baskin Robbins will be featuring a limited edition sundae known as “Forget Me Not” for only $2.99 (not including taxes). Part of the proceeds from the sale of this special sundae will go towards helping families of the fallen firefighters.

Find your closest Baskin Robbins today!!!