CLIENT TESTIMONIAL – My INTERNeX Experience!

Rasmus, Sweden

So I tried to get this trip going for several years now and it wasn’t until last year I realized this was a possibility due to the fact that I finally had enough money to do it. 12358080_10153344297817794_725497767_nSo I told everyone back home that I decided go to Canada and work and after waiting what felt like forever to get the visa, I finally left Sweden this June.

The trip was crazy from the get go. Arrived June 10 to Vancouver, I went to the INTERNeX office on June 11 where I met the awesome Timothy who had set me up for two job interviews that day and I got both jobs, and then June 12 I started to work as a Barista at one of the many Coffee shops here in Vancouver. I pretty much worked all summer except for going two trips, one to my friend in Seattle and the other one to go to Toronto. After this everything just went by like a blur and I am still working at there.

Now that you have read everything about my amazing life in its short version, it is time for you to know how amazing INTERNeX has been for me and hopefully for many others. I first had an interview with Timothy before I went to Canada and he pretty much told me everything I needed to know. 12348728_10153344296497794_1996805056_nThen my second experience with INTERNeX was day after I arrived and they set me up for my job interview and gave me advice on what I need to live in a city like Vancouver. After that I got to meet Amiel and Natasja who were the PR persons at the time and they put on all kinds of events but I mostly only went to the weekly pub nights which were a really fun time. All these events they put on helped me meet so many new awesome people. I also got to see Richmond night market, do Laser Tag and have barbecues and picnics.

We also went to see Celebration of Light, which is a firework competition that takes place every year.
During China’s firework Amiel had brought the classic red cups that you see in American movies and we got stopped by the police because it was so obvious that people were drinking alcohol in those cups and we got to pour it out. Anyway I was just laughing through the whole situation because I thought it was hilarious and then the police decided to ask Chris who sat next to me about who I was. So apparently if you just sit and laugh then will take notice about you even though I was only drinking mountain dew. 12346649_10153344300347794_1675551388_nThat is just one of many experience I have had so far here in Vancouver and I will have so many more because I have just been here 6 months and I still have almost 6 months to go.

This may be one those weird reads for you all because I am writing all this while being hungry and tired and also interrupted by a Skype call from my friend in Florida because it is all in a day of Rasmus. That is probably unneeded information but I will just throw it in there for added personality. #smileyface

So I can’t recommend enough for people to go to Canada to do working holiday or internship because the experience I have had is amazing and I can’t stress enough how much fun you will have with the help of the great INTERNeX.

Much love from the amazing Swede Rasmus.

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

Christian, Germany

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  1. For how long have you been here?

I´ve stayed in Vancouver for 6 months.

  1. Why did you choose Canada

I’ve been in Canada before as I went to a language school in Toronto. I experienced living in Canada and I was really impressed by the open minded and friendly Canadians and decided to go back for my practicum. Another big point why I chose Canada again is that the almost endless space this country offers and the many areas of untouched nature impresses me.

  1. How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

I did some research on travel agencies online and decided to get in touch with Praktikawelten that is the partner agency of INTERNeX.

  1. What did you like most about INTERNeX International Exchange? / What do you think are the advantages INTERNeX has to offer? 

I was really surprised about all the social activities INTERNeX organizes. I think especially the weekly PuB NiGHTS are a big advantage INTERNeX offers compared to other agencies or language schools. All these activities make it really easy to get to know other people. Another big advantage is the really warm and familiar atmosphere you find every time you come to the office with a problem or request. To know that you always have someone to help you with any kind of problem makes it really easy to enjoy your time abroad.

5. Did you attend the weekly Pub Nights / Events organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?

Except my last week I went to every single Pup Night during my time in Vancouver. It is a great way to meet people and talk in an easy environment. I also attended to a lot of the other events organized and I always enjoyed spending time with everyone. I think especially for people who FB_IMG_1439422770060have difficulties to meet people on their own these events are a big advantage.

 

  1. Where did you stay? / How did you find a place to stay?

I stayed with two different homestay. The first family had a clean house and was located really close to a skytrain station. But unfortunately these are the only positive things I can say. The family barely had any interest in their students. The second family was much more interested and welcomed me friendly. My room was a way bigger than the room I had before and provided everything I needed. The provided food was not the European style of cooking and quite oily but it was always enough for every student in the house and we could always get some more or cooking something on our own. We also always got fruits and vegetables. All in all I was happy with the second family and would recommend them to other students. Furthermore I’m glad that INTERNeX could quickly fix that problem. Mina did a good job accommodating me in another family quickly.

  1. What did you do here?

I made an practicum at Purdys Chocolates in the purchasing department.

  1. How did you like your practicum?

I really enjoyed my time at Purdys and learned a lot about purchasing, business processes in Canada and North America and in addition to that improved my communication and working skills. But how could a practicum in a chocolate factory possibly not be awesome?Photo 9-19-15, 12 58 06 PM

  1. What kind of tasks were you responsible for?

My work was divided in the usual day-to-day work and special projects. My day-to-day work was to observe stock quantity and production schedules of certain products and place purchase orders if necessary. Another task was research to find suppliers for ingredients for new developed products or supply items. I had a lot of contact with suppliers though to discuss pricing, lead times etc. Some of my projects were for instance to develop concepts to improve the receiving processes or to collect data for packaging weights and some more.

  1. Was your practicum related to your studies back home?

Yes the practicum was related to my study program.

  1. What was your
    personal goal you wanted to reach during your time here? Did you reach it?

I had different goals for my time abroad. As it is my goal to work abroad after graduating from university I wanted to test for myself if I am able to live and work abroad. I would definitely say that I know now that I am able to do so. Another goal was to improve my communication, language and personal skills and I reached this goal as well. And of course I got the letter of reference I needed to finish my study program and have this awesome time of my life as an international work experience in my resume.

  1. How did you like Vancouver?

I really liked and enjoyed my time in Vancouver. To be in a big city that offers everything you need and makes almost everything accessible by public transport. Being at the coast and have gorgeous beaches in the city and be able to leave the city to be in the almost untouched nature in 1 hour or less by bus was really amazing. In addition to that Vancouver itself has a lot to offer. A lot of awesome places, parks, restaurants, pubs and especially people (international students and Canadians as well!).

  1. What did you like most about your stay? / What were your highlights?

I made a lot of hikes around Vancouver and really enjoyed the breathtaking views everywhere. But if I have to pick there would choose 4 highlights: Trip to the Rocky Mountains, Roadtrip on Vancouver Islands, Hike to The Lions and Unnecessary Mountain and last but not least Whale Watching!

  1. Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

Rocky Mountains (Hope, Banff, Columbia Ice Fields, Lake Louise, etc.); Vancouver Island (Victoria, Nanaimo, Torfino, etc.); Seattle; Whistler; Squamish; Lynn Canyon Park, Lighthouse Park, Unnecessary Mountain, Shannon Falls;Black Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, etc.

  1. Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange for other students?

I would definitely recommend INTERNeX to other students or my friends at all if they think about going to Canada.

 

Client Testimonial

Anne, Norway

When I finished my studies in Norway I felt an eager to go abroad to get some international experience and to have a good time as well. I started to look online to see what kind of opportunities that existed and I found out that INTERNeX offered different programs for work and travel. I chose to go to Canada mainly because I wanted to practice my English and because I’ve had heard so many good things about the country. And now I can confirm that it’s all true! The landscape is stunning, the people are nice, there are big cities full of entertainment and in my opinion the weather is great too. Basically Canada offers everything you can think of.

INTERNeX sat me up with a job interview before I left Norway so I was sure to have a job when I came over. My adventure started off in Rocky Mountains where I worked at a mountain resort. During my time there I got to see wonderful nature and magical views when I was hiking. It was also a lot of other fun things to do including mountain biking, horseback riding, white water rafting and canoeing.
The resort I was working at was close to Calgary so I went there for a long weekend as well. Of course I had to see the Calgary Tower with view over the whole city while I was there. I also got to see real cowboys and do some serious shopping after not seeing a mall in months!
After the summer season was over I decided to move to Vancouver and now I live in an apartment in beautiful Yaletown. I work in a coffee shop down town as well so that fits me perfectly. When I’m not at work trying to make magnificent latté art, I like to go for a run in my neighbourhood next to False Creek passing by Science World, Rogers Stadium and BC Place Stadium. It’s so nice early in the morning when the sun is reflecting in the water.

Because I live down town I’m spending a lot of time there and one of my favourite things to do is to walk up and down Robson Street. That street offers everything a girl wish for including Victoria’s Secret, delightful chocolate stores and many good clothing stores. Beside that I’ve so far been to Stanley Park, China Town, Vancouver Public Library and Canada Place which is also down town.

But the best thing about Vancouver is that you have the nature so close to the city. I have been in North Vancouver a couple of times and I spent one day in Lynn Canyon Park and saw the Twin Falls, Rice Lake and walking over the suspension bridge. I have also been hiking up Grouse Mountain which is famous for its ravishing view over Vancouver, but I went there on a cloudy day, so the only thing I could see from the top was clouds, but that was pretty cool to see too and I had a great time hiking with my friends.
All my time in Canada has been amazing and I would strongly recommend a trip like this to everyone that’s considering going. Thanks to INTERNeX everything has gone smoothly for me and they have helped me with many practical things and arranging fun events where I’ve made many new friends. All that’s left for me to say is I’m having the time of my life and I will always think of this adventure with a smile on my mouth.

Cheers Anne 🙂

Testimonial of the week

Rhys, Australia

If you had of told me a year ago that I would be coming to Vancouver and doing an Internship I would’ve called you crazy! I’d always planned on doing some traveling after completed my studies in March, but North America definitely wasn’t on my radar.  A holiday before beginning my working career seemed like the perfect way to end a long six year stint at University. After a bit of planning, in the back of my mind I had the idea that I could also try and get some work experience whilst overseas, something flashy for the resume and hopefully a way to kickstart my career. After brainstorming some possible locations, I read a lot about Vancouver as it is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and as a Graduate Architect I was excited by the cities significant urban renewal projects and their ambitious goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.

After making the decision to travel to Canada, I came across INTERNeX’s website by chance and got in contact with them. The process was really easy and straight forward, and thanks to their large network of contacts I was promptly offered the opportunity to complete an internship in a downtown architecture office, a partnership between three small firms with a variety of experiences between its members. Two weeks in and I am definitely not disappointed, I have already learnt so much and know that there is still plenty to come.

The timing was perfect as the office is currently in the schematic design phase (the beginning, the most exciting part) of a community, administration and health centre for a first nations band in northern British Columbia. I am incredibly grateful to be involved in such an interesting indigenous project that is so different than anything I have already experienced at home. Tasks I have completed so far include making study models, exploring different possibilities for the potential building forms, and assisting the Architects with other small tasks. I have also had the opportunity to sit in on many fascinating meetings with different project consultants such as engineers and landscape architects. Some days my head feels like it will explode from trying to absorb so much information!

Vancouver is such a beautiful city and I am so happy with my decision to come here. There is so much to do and being here for an extended period whilst completing my internship will allow me plenty of opportunities to see all this amazing city has to offer. So far I have managed to explore the stunning Stanley Park and many of the unique downtown neighborhoods, Gastown where I’m working is super trendy and definitely a favorite. I’ve met some fantastic people from all over the world and taken part in some great activities, many of which I never would have expected, such as a hilarious Canadian tuxedo party (because we all secretly love denim on denim). Leaving Vancouver will definitely be hard, and it’s looking increasingly likely that it won’t happen till well after originally planned. If you’re considering coming here for an internship – do it! You definitely won’t regret it.

 

Cheers Rhys!

 

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