Year Review – Part 4

If you are reading this – congratulation you made it to the end :D! Joking, of course.
As wintertime comes closer, everyone is getting quieter and humans and nature tend to calm down a bit – well not us, that’s for sure. Indeed, the past months have been very exciting, especially the Wednesdays have been everything but “calming”. But let’s start at the very beginning. EscapeRoom1.jpg
Once again, the INTERNeX crew went to an Escape Room Game this time with a different team and different challenges, but with the same success? Well, all I can say is, that there are a few faces on that group picture I never got to meet… alright, I am just trying to be funny here okay, don’t be too hard on me 😉 (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/what-to-do-on-the-weekend-170/).
After a fantastic thanksgiving dinner and a fun time together at the office, a new face joined the group. Thanksgiving1.jpgAnd I am very glad to be part of this amazing group, thank you guys, ever since I arrived here I had a fantastic time (https://internexcanada.
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MY very first event to attend was the Haunted House, well I thought this was super exciting and I had a fantastic time. Turns out that I am a lot jumpier than I wanted to admit (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/how-was-your-weekend-113/).
And because it was that time of the year the upcoming weekend just happened to stay in the same theme, a little less scary this time.Halloween3.jpg The INTERNeX Halloween Party took part at the Blarney Stone. Great costumes, music and of course some drinks made it a fantastic night once again (https://internexcanada.
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The next trip happened to be very closed to the city and still it felt like taking a break from the busy life in downtown. Granville2.jpgWe took the ferry to Granville Island and had some amazing food and some deep talk over a beautiful sunset watching Vancouver’s Skyline (https://internexcanada.
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As the weather was surprisingly nice, we decided to go on a little hike once more before the cold and rainy winter days would finally hit us. And as Lynn Canyon Park combines so many highlights and natural beauties, this has been a very good choice. LynnCanyon1.jpg
Some of us (just one wild Swedish) decided to climb some rocks to conquer the wild and raging river. Well to be fair, this is a bit exaggerated, but it got quite challenging and everybody was happy to have him on the safe side of the river again … dry. Still you are a brave man, I am not going to take this from you :-D! (https://internexcanada.
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As the Christmas season had just began, we decided to go on a little – very European adventure. We went on the German Christmas Market here in Vancouver. And it was beautiful.ChristmasMarket1.jpg But since the Glühwein just happened to be $9 each, we had to come up with a different plan eventually. Yes $9! And no, you did not get a whole bottle for it, just a single cup!  Long story short, we went to the Yale Saloon and changed from mulled wine back to our weekly classics (that sounds a lot worse than it actually is … I promise :D). It turned out to be a wild and interesting night after all (https://internexcanada.
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As the December started, we got to do a “Canadian Classic”, as I like to call it. We got to see the hockey game of Canucks vs. Oilers. Independently from the final result, it has been a good game … as far as me as layperson could judge (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/how-was-your-weekend-118/).
And then we got to welcome another addition to the PR-Team. Therefore, thank you to our one and only Australian ;-). You did a great job and we miss you incredibly! (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/newest-addition-to-the-pr-team-2/). Sabrina.png
The following weekend we went ice-skating, for the sake of the winter feeling. And we actually discovered big talents within the group. Guess what it wasn’t me… proof is to be found in our Instagram highlights (internexcanada) :D. Jenny and Sophie actually delivered quite a show and took their time to teach us some of the basics, like moving forward for example …. (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/12/09/how-was-your-weekend-119/).  IceSkating2.jpgAnd because snow isn’t really a thing in Australia (surprising I know, but I desperately needed an opening line here) we actually we actually someone’s dream come true to see snow again. Equipped with skies and snowboards we spent a beautiful time up on Grouse Mountain (https://internexcanada.
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Some of us (another Swedish guy), were unstoppable and actually went skiing and snowboarding (even tho time wasn’t split equally 😀 >> sorry for those Inside jokes, but I had to mention this). Skiing1.jpg
Finally, our Christmas Party was the perfect way of ending this incredible year. Thank you so much for being part of it.
I hope you enjoyed our little journey through time. You are also more than welcome to check out our Instagram page, where you will find all the pictures of this journey summarized in our highlight (internexcanada).

Anyways, I cannot wait to start 2020 together with you.

See you very soon!

–Nadja xx

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 – Janel de Boer

Janel de Boer

I am Janel de Boer, 21 years old and I am from the Netherlands. Currently I am studying International Leisure Management in Breda, the Netherlands. I had to do an internship abroad for my university and I wanted to do that outside of Europe. I couldn’t go to South Africa or Asia, so I chose to go to Canada.

I found Internex through my university since they have a partnership, so the company was mentioned between all the internship partners. So now I am doing the practicum program here and I really like it!

I am placed at Internex itself as a PR-coordinator. I organise the pub nights, weekly events and monthly events. I really like it here as I get t make friends with the candidates and create an amazing time for them here in Vancouver. I think you need to be open-minded and have some organizational-, planning-, and marketing skills for this internship. I think this internship is really useful for my career goals. I learned to be a team leader and I learned how to organize and market events and a lot more!

In Vancouver I live in an apartment downtown. I really like it as it is close to everything Janel de Boer (words)and I live with a good friend of my, which is also really nice. In the beginning I was really overwhelmed as I arrived in the evening on Granville Street. In the evening it is really busy here with a lot of lights. The next day it was raining, like usual, but I really liked the big city feeling and the feeling of being in Canada. Now at the moment I think it is too big for me. I can live here for the several months I planned to, but I would never want to actually live in such a big city.

During my stay I have been to the Rockies, Tofino, Victoria, Whistler, Kelowna, Seattle, Squamish and Wisconsin. I also went skiing a lot and hiking in the beautiful parks around Vancouver.

What I like most is that everybody is really polite in Canada, you would never see that in the Netherlands. I also really like all the parks in Canada, the nature here is so beautiful.

Being in a different country is always really difficult. It is hard to be away from your family and friends for such a long time. Also the culture is different from the Netherlands and it is not always easy to adjust to it.

The most memorable thing of my stay here is the Rockies trip. It was an amazing weekend with great friends, parties, places and nature. This experience didn’t’ t really inspire me to travel more since I already wanted to travel more before I came here. I would really love to see a lot of the world and get to see all the different cultures. Asia and Africa are definitely parts of the world I want to see.

I worked for Internex and I would definitely recommend it to others. If you are doing your internship in another country it is always hard to find friends outside your company, but with Internex you get to know a lot of people and make a lot of friends.

When I get back home I will see my family at the airport and have a really amazing Dutch dinner with them. After that the weekend starts and I will see my friends again.

– Janel

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: About Spain and Spanish stereotypes.

Hey guys !

I know the weekend is almost over (yes…not funny), but I hope you had tons of fun!

Today I would like you to talk about a few Spanish stereotypes. Sometimes for me it’s kind of funny when people tell me things such as “but do you know how to dance flamenco?” or this kind of things.

When foreigners think about Spain they just think about “paella”, “siesta”, “bullfighting”, “fiesta” and “flamenco”. Right, isn’t it ??

But no my friends, Spain is not just this !! To understand better what I’m gonna explain to you, you have to know that in Spain we are divided into 17 Autonomous communities ( + 2 autonomous cities), and each community is just totally different to the next one.

Comunidades autonomasWe are a diverse country integrated by different contrasting regions that show varying social structures, as well as different languages (we have catalonian, basque and galician as official languages in their corresponding region). Furthermore we have different historical, political and cultural traditions.

So now that you know this, you will be able to understand that Flamenco is just a regional dance of the Andalucian Community for example. As I said before, each region has its own traditions and cultures, so all of them have different food, tradicional dances and clothes and so on.

About bullfighting, normally is more popular in the Southern part of the country. So if you go to the North, don’t expect to watch this kind of shows.

I want to keep a few things for the next time. So get ready because next week  I’m gonna talk about interesting things such as “fiesta”, the “latin lover stereotype (Banderas and Penelope Cruz..hahaha)”, “lazy and untidy people” and more interesting topics.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I hope to see you soon.

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: PuBNiGHT Review

Hello there,

Last night we had our weekly night in the pub. This time we went to a small pub named The Black Frog. It’s location, just 20 meters from the Steamclock in Gastown! Really easy to find 😉 The Black Frog is a warm feeling, and cozy pub, where you can drink Canadian beers, but also European ones. They have a lot of choices!

So the place was really nice. The drinks were fine (not cheap but also not expensive). We began our night around 7.30. They reserved a special place in the pub for us. We could sit on small couches with all the people.

This was a fun night. Already my third pub night, time flies here in Canada! I really liked to talk to everybody of you. It’s nice getting to know everybody by having a good chat!

When we left the place is was raining outside.. But that did not affect on the fun night we had with each other! First we ate a piece of pizza, then we took the bus back home.

So thanks for having fun with us last night guys.
We hope to see you again soon!

Best,

Jelle

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

ABOUT INTERNeX: The INTERNeX Team!

What’s so special about participating in one of our programs in Canada is that you will meet people from all over the world who have had unique experiences and backgrounds! There is never a dull moment because you are constantly immersed in and learning about different cultures and ways of life.

Just like you, our INTERNeX team in Vancouver have come from various parts of the world! Most of us have fallen deeply in love with this city and have settled down here, while others are just soaking it all up for a couple of months. The differences in each person are what make us all unique, but are crucial to helping us to understand YOU- our candidates – better. We pride ourselves in having the opportunity to experience the international community, and in turn, providing this experience to our candidates.

Not sure who we are or where we are from? We took a new photo of the current INTERNeX team in Vancouver and thought it would be nice to share it with everyone!

From the left we have Mayuko – our administrator (originally from Japan), Barbara – our Placement Manager (from Canada), Mina – our Program Director (originally from Korea), Tim – the President (from Canada), Marianne (from Germany) and Queenie (originally from Hong Kong) – two of our Public Relations Coordinator and Patrick – our Volunteer Program Manager (originally from the Netherlands).

Baring in mind that Martina – our program manager (who originally from and is currently away in Germany), Simon– our IT and PR manager (also from Germany) and Irene, another one of our public relations coordinator (from Spain) is missing from this picture!

We aren’t so scary, are we now? We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have so don’t be afraid to email, call or come find us! Feeling homesick or lost? Just come for a chat! We love working with you and are looking forward to getting to know each one of you better.

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: Culture Shock

Having lived in Vancouver, Canada since I was 7 (now 23), I asked myself: what am I still culture shocked with? I can only recall my experience from the move to Canada. The lifestyle was the biggest shock to me.

In Hong Kong, everyone’s lives moves at 150 km per hour because they seem to be busy all the time. Working 12 to 13 hours, excluding overtime, is the norm, and yet the locals go out to eat or drink afterwards like sleep doesn’t matter.

Moving to Vancouver, the pace of the Canadian lifestyle was definitely a shock.People are much less self-absorbed in that they would say ‘hi’ to you on the street if you pass by them. On the other hand, I had a conversation with someone the other day about how there is nothing to do because stores or restaurants close fairly early. Even the bars generally close at 2am. As Vancouver becomes more metropolitan, these restrictions are definitely changing.

Yet contrary to those thoughts above, I was having a chat on Facebook with a fellow Canadian friend, Joe, who is currently studying hospitality management in Switzerland. I asked him what are the cultural differences in Switzerland or Europe compared to back home in Vancouver.

His thoughts are what inspired this post.

Joe said that people in Europe hold a higher sense of traditional values and persuasions. This is obvious in that Canada is a very young country, having only been constituted in 1867. Our upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving, is one that we celebrate religiously every year, on the second Monday of October. I was surprised to learn that it has only been around since 1957.

Joe also told me that in Europe, people tend to be much more laid back and aren’t constantly rushing around like in Vancouver. He says Europeans seem to enjoy the quality of life more or find ways to do so. I found that kind of odd because I find Vancouver pretty easy going already, most of the time anyway. Maybe then, Vancouver is the best of both worlds, where it’s becoming a bigger and more vibrant city, but on the other hand, there is still the nature, mountains and ocean to escape to when you need a break.

Now, my friend’s thoughts may just be his own generalizations and may not apply to other people’s experiences, but he has taught me that you need to try out different cultures and lifestyles in order to be able to compare to your own. You wouldn’t know if you are stuck in a bubble or doing the same routine unless you get out there and experience something different!

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

Head down under – Head to New Zealand!

The world we live in is a large and beautiful place. There are approximately 195 countries on earth, all offering different landscapes, cultures and languages. So, have you been exploring yet?  Maybe you’ve only been thinking about traveling, or maybe you’re currently planning your next move. But, if you’re searching for a destination where the landscape is green and the mountains soar as high as your dreams – you’re searching for New Zealand.

New Zealand’s spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests. Comparable in size and shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 4 million – making it one of the world’s least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.

Start planning now and you could be on your way to New Zealand in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup – the premier international rugby union competition. Canada, Australia, England, South Africa, USA, France, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga are just a few of the competing countries! This is the third largest sporting event in the world, behind the Olympics and the Soccer World Cup.

Choose from many INTERNeX programs such as work and travel, gain work experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, undergo a professional internships or even try out our Farmstay program! INTERNeX has the program for you!

INTERNeX has agents in Canada, England, USA, France, Argentina and more! INTERNeX itself also has offices around the world, including New Zealand! If you’re seeking work or internship opportunities, we can help you! For more information on our programs and services in new zealand, visit www.internexnewzealand.com. To visit our Canadian website, click here.

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC
V6A 2R5 Canada
Email: info@internexcanada.com
Phone: + 1 604 662 8149
Fax: + 1 604 662 8199