INTERNeX Canada: Review of 2012 – April, May, June!

In the last review post, we talked about what went on the first three months of the year, let’s continue with April to June!

April 2012

We kick started off April with a huge party at the Staffhouse for no reason then, why not? People danced until the sun came out and I think it’s because of the awesome fog machine and strobe light!

We welcome our new PR intern, Kristina, who was born and raised right here in Vancouver, British Columbia. She loves to travel and has studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia!  She celebrated Easter weekend with running, watching hockey and spending time with her family.

Our trip to the Rockies was just unbelievable. All the places we visited, Lake Louise, Johnston Canyon, going up the Banff Gondola and even sunbathing on the Columbia Icefields, were simply magical. All the parties, the amazing people we met, and our Backstreet Boys Flash Mob made the trip even that much better! To relive the whole experience, we had a huge Rockies After Party @ The Blarney Stone where over 100 people came!

Going with the trend of special pub nights, we hosted an INTERNeX Trivia Quiz Pub night! I mean, who doesn’t love a little bit of trivia and winning prizes?

After 8 months abroad in Canada, Hannes, one of the PR interns, has to return home to his university studies. But, saying goodbye to one German means welcoming two more, Xenia and Maria, to the PR team!

We finished off April with the INTERNeX Amazing Race where we had 9 teams race all around the city completing 9 tasks. It was a crazy and intense race that took over 2 hours!

May 2012

We started off the month with another big party! It was time for our monthly Pub and Club Night where we went for pre-drinks at the good ole Cambie and then headed off to Post Modern Dance Bar to get some dancing on!

With the fantastic weather going on, we decided to go racing at go-karting! It was fun to drive with limited rules and see who’s the fastest! We further tested our driving skills with a Zipcar on the streets of Vancouver! It’s such a fuel efficient car and renting a car can be a great way to see places in Vancouver that is inaccessible by public transit.

We welcome our new intern, Katie, who is from Iowa, a state in the United States. She is about to graduate from Iowa State and is interested in learning more about public relations and the city of Vancouver!

Being in Canada, of course we have to try our hands at camping! We went to Vargas Island which is near Tofino and did some hardcore hiking, campfire making and sleeping in tents. Pretty adventurous, I would say!

Sadly, it was time to say goodbye to Maria and Kristina. While they were both here for such a short time, their personality made INTERNeX that much more fun!

INTERNeX at NAFSA’s 2012 Conference (National Association of Foreign Student Advisers)! Our president, Tim, represented INTERNeX at this annual conference that strives to better student’s real world and international experience. INTERNeX was part of the 8,000 people from over 120 countries that attended the workshops and networking events in Houston, Texas!

June 2012

It’s June which means its summer and this means going to the Richmond Night Market! Opened annually only in the summer, you can buy cute accessories and delicious street food from hundreds of vendors.

This month, we also said goodbye to Rick and Janus, our IT interns at INTERNeX, by having a pub night at Cinema Public House. Watch their expose to learn about their experience doing an internship here and how they feel about moving to Canada from the Netherlands!

We successfully tackled the legendary Grouse Grind. As we learnt, it was a good workout and not lying to you, but we saw wolves and grizzly bears along the way.

The last weekend in June was spent in Whistler with two days filled with hiking, lakes, suspension bridge, bike rides, ziplining and the ultimate bungee jumping! It was simply beautiful, check out the photo of the week!

Stay tuned for our next review about July to September! 

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: Casual Friday!Zodiac signs

Who have never read about your zodiac signs? Do you believe in the destiny? And astrology?

Ok let’s see what the different signs say:

Aries (21/3 – 20/4): They are energetic, passionate of new adventures, independent and brave. They are not patience and they hate to wait.

Taurus 21/4 – 21/5: Patient, persistent, determined and reliable. But sometimes they can be jealous, possessive and inflexible.

Gemini 22/5 – 21/6: The best of them is their Adaptability and versatility. They are intellectuals, eloquent, loving, communicative and intelligent. They have lots of energy and vitality. But they can also being superficial and inconstant. And they hate the feeling of being tied to some situation.

Cancer 22/6 – 22/7:They are emotional, loving, protective and sympathetic with a lot of imagination and intuition. But they have a negative side as well they change their mood easily and can be calculators and messy at the same time.

Leo 23/7 – 22/8: They are generous, kind, faithful and loving. They are creative, enthusiastic and understanding of others. A Leo enjoys children, theater, adventure and parties, but you can find them arrogant and bossy and intolerant and dogmatic.

Virgo 23/8 – 22/9: Their good side is their modesty, intelligence and shyness. Virgo tends to be meticulous, practical and hardworking. They have great analytical skills and are reliable. Their non-that-good side is that they can be conservative and perfectionist and tend to worry too hard.

Libra 23/9 – 23/10: diplomatic, charming and sociable. They are idealistic, peaceful, optimistic and romantic. They have a friendly nature and balanced. Their bad side is that they are indecisive and easily influenced by others.

Scorpio 24/10 – 21/11: They are emotional, determined, powerful and passionate. A Scorpio likes to get involved in causes and convince others. But in some point they can be jealous, compulsive and obsessive.

Sagittarius 22/11 – 21/12:Intellectual, honest, sincere and friendly. They have a good sense of humor. They love travelling, adventure and freedom. They are so optimistic sometimes they become irresponsible. Sometimes they can also being superficial, careless and restless.

Capricorn 22/12 – 20/1: They are ambitious and disciplined. They are practical, prudent and with a good sense of humor, they have strong leadership. On the negative side, a Capricorn tends to be pessimistic, and sometimes it’s hard for them to do favors altruistically.

Aquarium21/1 – 19/2: On the positive side, an aquarium is friendly and caring, honest and loyal, original, independent and intellectual.
On the negative side, an aquarium is unpredictable, doesn’t like the promises of “air” and being alone.

Pisces 20/2 – 20/3: Imaginative and sensitive. It is friendly and has compassion for others. It’s intuitive and is always thinking about the others. They are always dreaming, and they love getting lost.
Sometimes is really hard for them to assume the reality. They don’t like to be criticized and they hate to hear pedantic people or people who consider themselves superior.

So do you agree with this? Are you like your zodiac sign say?

In my case, I agree 100% of that. Even if I prefer not to, I can’t avoid of thinking and caring about the other (sometimes is stressful, eh), and I dream a lot for sure. I hate selfish people or pedantic! I really do Argg! It’s so often that the people pretend to be someone they are not, who is rich you can notice, who is intelligent, is intelligent enough to know that it’s not necessary to show what is obvious.

We want to hear your opinion!

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

About INTERNeX: Banff, Alberta

Many of you have started your winter season and some of you are lucky enough to spend the next few months in Banff!

Where and what is Banff, exactly? Banff was discovered in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was being built through Bow Valley.  It was named “Banff” in 1884 by George Stephen, the president of CPR, as Banffshire, Scottland was his birthplace. By 1885, it became Canada’s first National Park and was already promoted as an international resort to support the new railway.

While there are only 8,000 residents, Banff is one of the most visited tourist destination in North America with more than 4 million visitors every single year. Banff is also the highest town in Canada at 4,537 feet with the national park covering 6,641 square kilometres. Pretty impressive, right?

If you love nature and being outdoors then you’ve come to the right place. With over 1,600 kilometres of hiking trails, this is a must do activity while you are there. To warm up, try swimming in the Banff Hotsprings. Sitting in 39 degrees water in -10 degrees weather doesn’t sound too bad!

For all you ski and snowboard junkies, Banff is right next to three ski resorts: Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise. You are as close as 15 minutes to some of the best slopes in the world so what more can you ask for? This gives you the chance to go before or after your shifts at work!

Banff is a little town with the best of everything. It’s small enough so you won’t ever feel lost in the crowd, but there will always be tons of people to meet and share your experiences. With a town full of young people, Banff has a great program for young adults who are travelling and working in town. Check out BanffLife and the amazing activites that they plan! Plus, there is an awesome nightlife with many clubs and pubs to choose from.

Have fun this winter and if you are still not convinced about Banff or are considering living here next winter, check out this video below!

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: From Sea to Sea

https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7177916065_afe6b93cbf_m.jpgDid you know the Canadian motto is “From Sea to Sea”? I think that is so perfect because Canada is surrounded by three oceans. The Pacific Ocean is right next to us on the west coast, the Atlantic Ocean is on the opposite end on the east coast and the Arctic Ocean is in the north surrounding the North West Territories and Nunavut.

We have the world’s longest coastline at 202 080 km and at 9 984 670 sq km, Canada is pretty darn big! The beautiful and diverse landscape includes mountains, lakes, glaciers and vast prairie lands allow the opportunities to experience many different outdoor activities and wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else.

More than just geography, it is really the people that make Canada as special as it is. Our Canadian identity has been shaped by the British, French and the First Nations people. More and more, our pop culture is heavily influenced by the Americans.

Canada is known for their multiculturalism, especially in the metropolitan cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Where else can you find people from all over the world with different backgrounds and stories to tell?

This video inspired my passion for Canada, once again. Watch it!

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: The PR Team!

In just a couple of short days, we will be saying goodbye to one-third of the Public Relations team – Marianne.

I am going to be really sad as she sits beside me and feeds me chocolate! (Ha, you might think that I am joking, but I am not.) Of course, I will miss everything else about her like the way she inspires me to be a more outgoing and spontaneous person.

The PR team’s job at INTERNeX is to plan events for the candidates and take care of the social media channels. In planning events, our goal is to basically make sure our candidates have the best possible time while they complete their internship or other jobs during their stay in Vancouver.

The experience of going abroad and gaining international experience is so much more than just working and completing the report that your school requires.  It is about the people you meet and the things you do outside of work that makes your time away from home memorable and unique.

This is why we have so many events going on every week, such as the weekly pub nights where we try to find new pubs to try out every week, weekly activities such as our paintball event on December 9th and our bigger trips such as our Seattle trip on December 16th. We want you to have a great time and have a great time ourselves as well!

Coming to these events is the best way to meet new people and form new friendships because we are all in the same situation which is being new to this foreign country.  One of the candidates, who is also leaving soon, was reflecting upon his experience in Vancouver the other day. He said that one of the best things about being part of INTERNeX was that it was easy to meet people, whom he wouldn’t have otherwise, through attending our events regularly. He will definitely be one of the people I miss the most and now I will have a place to stay when I travel in Germany!

So, I encourage all of you to come out and join us for all the exciting stuff we have planned for you in December and the upcoming months! Since we plan these events specifically for you, please do not hesitate to tell us what you want to do and where you want to go and we will make it happen! Don’t worry we are not scary, I swear.

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