Highlights of the Year 2017: January, February and March

Believe it or not but we are already in the last month of the year and before you know it we are going to welcome 2018! But we are not ready yet to let go off 2017 so that is why we would like to look back with all of you on all the amazing things that happened in 2017!

The next few weeks we will post throwbacks of each quarter of the year so you can relive all of your memories again one more time before we close the 2017 chapter.

This week we will have the months January, February and March.

January

In January we started to rethink our INTERNeX Explorer and in our first Episode, which you can find here , we introduced the new PR Team, talked about upcoming events and changed the format a bit. We also started to explore Vancouver more and started off with exploring Gastown with Tess.  Other Blogpost we like to feature for January are:

 

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February

In February we produced another Highlight video and talked about the amazing events and the great trip we did. We also featured upcoming events and talked about “How To Deal with snow storms”. In this episode we explored yet another part of Vancouver and this time we explored Chinatown with Tess. To watch the INTERNeX Explorer Episode 2, just click on the link. Other Blogposts we like to highlight are:

 

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March

And also in March we made a Highlight video where we talked about the great events and trips we had. We also talked about the upcoming events and about how to deal with bear attacks! This month we explored Yaletown with Danielle. You can watch the 3rd episode of INTERNeX Explorer here. Other Blogposts we would like to look back on are:

 

A big thank you to Iris, Danielle, Tess and Janel who organized the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips in the first quarter of 2017!

Stay tuned for the Highlights of the Year: April, May and June next week!

-Mandy

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

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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

Cypress Skiing Day

Saturday was an amazing day! The weather was perfect to go skiing or snowboarding. Thank you all for joining us!

Cypress Mountain is one of the mountains near Vancouver. It has 53 runs and many of them are accessible at night too. In 2010 it hosted the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding events for the Winter Olympics.

We met on the right side of the ticket windows, some people came by car and some took IMG_6018.jpgthe shuttle bus up the mountain. After renting some skis and buying our tickets we took the first lift around 10:30 AM in the morning. The sun was shining the whole day, at one point we weren’t even wearing our scarfs because it was so warm. Some tried the jumps on the slopes, some succeeded in it and some fell. And after a few hours of skiing we had lunch with some live music, but quickly went back to our skies again to make most of our day. It became a lot busier on the runs and after a few hours we decided to have a little break again and do some night skiing when it was less busy. We had an amazing dinner and amazing coffees with baileys in the Crazy Raven Bar. In the evening we took a few more runs before going back home. The view in the evening was beautiful; you could see all the lights from Vancouver and even Vancouver Island. After 9 hours of skiing we decided to go back home. Some of us even went to the Bourbon after that for some more drinks and meet the other part of the INTERNeX Family.

Thank you all for an amazing day! I hope you had as much fun as I did and I will see you at the coming PuB NiGHT at Malones!

– 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

Review: PuB NiGHT @ The Met

The Met was again amazing! Thanks to everyone! The Met gets busier every week, which makes it even better!

The Met is a pub in Gastown. On Wednesday it organizes karaoke night with an amazing DJ. You can also do lots of other activities like pool, table tennis and table soccer. Another good part is that the prices for drinks are pretty cheap.

16111142_1327339673971376_69836490_n.jpgIn the beginning of the evening we had a chat with each other and met the new INTERNeX candidates. One new candidate of us, Nils, has worked at a casino so he taught us how blackjack is played in casinos, which was great! After playing some card games, table tennis and table soccer, karaoke finally started at 9:30! We sang all kinds of different songs from High School Musical to the Script. It was also really nice to listen to the other people singing and singing their songs together from our table.

I had an amazing evening and I hope you all did too! See you Saturday at Cypress Mountain or next week!!

– 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: How was your weekend?

For those of us who went to Cypress last Saturday, we had a fantastic time skiing down the snowy slopes!  It was quite foggy in the morning and early afternoon so I couldn’t see where I was going (which really made it difficult)  but the first run I went on was green so it wasn’t that bad. And when I was first going up, I was dreading the fall after the lift chair but I actually didn’t (which really surprised me). As I was going down, I kept slowing down some of the people so I felt really bad but it was still so much fun. After couple of hours, everyone met up at the Cypress Creek Lodge cafeteria for lunch and we took a really nice break. As we were eating and chatting, everyone agreed to go up to the Peak together. I was so scared because I actually haven’t been up there wasn’t sure if I’d make it down alive! But they convinced me by telling me that there would be a really nice view to take photos.  When we got up to the Peak, it was still foggy so unfortunately I couldn’t see the amazing view they were talking about… but I did get awesome photos and the snow there was much better than the lower parts of the mountain! I also loved how we would wait for each other during certain points so that no one would get left behind or getting lost.

Speaking of getting lost, Ilse and I somehow managed to do just this. We went down a different path and ended up almost going off a seriously steep hill (even some of the pro skiers who were standing beside us were contemplating on whether or not they should go down this way). After much consideration, Ilse and I both decided it was best to hike back up and go down the other way (which we should have taken). Even though it was such a pain to hike back up in our ski/board gear, Ilse and I were laughing so much. We really found this whole situation hilarious and after much struggle, we made it back down without a problem. The others were waiting at the bottom all worried, oops!

We all decided to take another big break after that incident, and Ilse and I stayed behind at the lodge while the others went back for another round for night skiing. It was great bonding time, I thought. Then we all gathered around at the front of the lodge to watch the fireworks (it was short but sweet)! And to end this awesome day, we went to the look out to see the beautiful glowing city lights 🙂 it was perfect!

What did you do this past weekend?

Cheers,

Flora

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: Things to do on the weekend!

Wondering what to do on a long Family Day weekend here in Vancouver? Then read on because we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep yourself busy!

Day of Skiing/Snowboarding at Cypress

On Saturday, we are heading up to Cypress mountain to go skiing/snowboarding! But what makes this day so special? Well since it’s Family Day Long weekend, Cypress is having some special prices and activities going on!

  • Fireworks Celebration at 8 pm!
  • Free Magic Go-Around Carousel Rides – All Ages!
  • Live Entertainment & Artists – We’ll have family friendly entertainment all weekend long!
  • Family Pizza Night (5 to 8 PM) – Get a 16″ Pizza and a Jug of Pop – $9.95 (3 or more Family Members with Lift Tickets or Passes)

For more information on special deals and activities, check out their page here

When: Saturday February 9th

Where: Cypress Mountain

You can snowboard/ski and enjoy special activities, so click join on our Facebook event page and for more detailed information~

Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower and Gift Fair

This year, the Chinese New Year festival collides with the Family Day long weekend, which means there will be even more things for you to do! Although we will be going to the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown on Feb. 17th, it doesn’t hurt to go ahead and scope out this cultural celebration!  So what better way than to experience this cultural festival at the famous Aberdeen centre in Richmond? Although it is a little way out of Vancouver, this event has a lot of fun activities and shows going on (especially for gift shopping)!

When: February 6th-11

Where: Aberdeen Centre, Suite 130, 4400 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

For more information on this event, check it out on their website here!

Family Day Celebration

On Monday, the official Family Day holiday in BC, there will be an array of activities and events going on at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza. If you have nothing to do that day, come to see some of the great things going on including educational activities, free ice skating, hockey shoot outs, face painting and performances by Said the Whale.

When: Monday February 11th  11:00 am-7:00 pm

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza

The best part of all is that it’s free, so why not check it out? For  more information click here!

The Secret World of Sharks and Rays at Vancouver Aquarium

Never been to the Aquarium in Vancouver? Why not go this weekend to learn about Sharks? At this exhibition,  you will get to learn all there is know about Sharks as well as their distant cousins: the skates, rays and ratfishes. Discover their mysterious behaviors, lifestyle and uncover the secret world of these underwater creatures!

When: February 7th – April 30th

Where: Vancouver Aquarium

Check here for more information!!

I hope everyone has a fantastic long weekend, enjoy all there is to see in Vancouver 🙂

Cheers,

Flora

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: Pub Night Review @ Morrissey

Last night at the Morrissey pub, our awesome INTERNeX group gathered together to catch up, share some laughs, and have a few drinks. It was definitely great to see some people who we haven’t seen in awhile, and even some of the new members of our group made it! It was so much fun talking to them about what they have seen so far, their jobs, places they are going to see, and just listening to jokes and their stories.

If you haven’t been to the Morrissey,  you really should! Last night was actually the very first time I was there. The atmosphere was really great and we were seated right near the fireplace! The Morrissey has a very vintage, strange yet modern spin to their decor. For example, there’s a small metal looking bicycle hanging down from the ceiling and a knight statue standing on the side (which I thought was a bit scary)! But I loved the beautiful chandelier which made the pub look so cozy 🙂

If you were missing in action last night, come with us to Cypress this Saturday for a day of skiing/snowboarding! There will be great prices and special events going on that weekend on Cypress since it’s Family Day long weekend! For more information please visit our Facebook event page and of course, don’t forget to join by this Friday!

Cheers,

Flora

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