“I will never be completely home again” – Tess

I left the Netherlands the 11th of Januari 2017. A date I was freaking out, and a date that was going to change my life forever. I didn’t realize this really around that time, but I do now, and I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to come to Vancouver to flip my life around.

A few days before that exact date I threw a party, to say goodbye to everybody. My friends gave me a book then, full of stories about our friendships and me. A book I was going to take a look at a lot during my time in Vancouver. A book that gave me two guidelines for my time here, and maybe for the rest of my life:

“ Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

“ Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it”

And although my suitcases are packed full of new clothes since shopping is just cheaper for me here, I do really think life is all about adventures and taking risks. Doubting? Just do it! This international experience has only done me good and it would not have been the same without Internex and what Internex brought me.

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I learned so much in the office and it is all because the people there are always very supportive and gave me the opportunity to reach goals I didn’t even dream of yet. Together with the team I organised many PuB NiGHTS, weekly events and monthly trips for you! Some of them were really good, and some of them were just great! The success of our events is all because of you, our candidates, who always make it even more eventful for us. I really want to thank all of you for always being there, showing up and even do stuff together aside of Internex events. In the end that is all we want, for you to make friendships and to have an awesome time here together.

20170430_170549Me myself made friends for life here as well, friends who made my time a blast here! I can’t believe what activities and weird stuff I all did with you. Like the time Nicola and me thought it was a great idea to go snowboarding while being hungover. I laughed so much that day and in the end I was going down the hill circling around, which was pretty cool since I’ve never done that before. I also think we went on like 3 goodbye dinners, since we were not that good in leaving each other! I’m sure I will see this girl very soon again.

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One of my other best memories is a surfing trip I made with Iris and Merle to Tofino.Catching those waves all together on a lovely Sunday morning was one of the best feelings I ever experienced, and I am happy they were part of that. Or just always having lovely Miriam and Sebastian around, who were here almost my entire stay. I adored the time I spend with you! And our lovely Mexican girl Blanca, who made everybody tostada’s on Danielles birthday party. It is really those little things I appreciate the most and you all contributed making my adventure so remarkable.

“Havo stories to tell, not stuff to show”

20479642_10203416092358766_5913697107759519650_nI had the honour to catch al our candidates stories and experiences through my project: the Candidate Exposé, which you might already have seen popping up on this blog. I am thankful that I was able to build this project and to execute it, and to always read your kind words about the work Internex is doing. Our stories together are captured in a few yearbooks, which you can find on the tables at Internex. I hope the book and the blogs make people decide to come to Canada for an experience similar like ours, since I am convinced it will be really good for everybody to have an international experience.
Vancouver and mostly you stole a piece of my heart. It’ s so hard for me to put my experiences on paper since it is just beyond words. I have a hard time saying goodbye to all of you, and unfortunately I already had to say goodbye a lot of times over the past months, which is also a part of this adventure. I do know though it is not going to be a goodbye for a long time. I will see some of you soon, and some later, but I am convinced our journeys will cross again some time. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it, so always go for it and get the best out of everything! I am curious what life is going to bring you, and me, because what the hell are we going to do when we are back home?

I am sure everything will fall into place very soon and I can look forward to my next adventure, meet even more people and create new experiences, but I always have a big one to look back to.

I will never be completely home again, because part of my heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price I paid for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. Thank you lovely candidates, Internex, Vancouver and Canada for stealing a piece of my heart.

– Tess

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

What to do on the weekend

Are you looking forward to another nice and sunny weekend in Vancouver but not sure yet how
to spend your time outside in the nice weather? Don’t dispair. Here’s a few suggestions..

Friday
The Powel Street Festival
Take advantage of the Multicultural life that Vancouver has to offer and experience the Powel Street Festival. This special Japanese-Canadian festival celebrates Japanese arts, culture and heritage. You’ll have the chance to experience everything from delicious Japanese food to martial arts performances. The festival starts at 11:30am, at Alexander Street. Click here for a map and overview of the festival.

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Celebration of Light
As you know the Celebration of Light is finished off with a great final delivered by Japan. It will be another year before you’ll have the chance to experience this amazing event again so don’t miss it! As usual the fireworks starts at 10:00pm but you won’t have to wait till evening. Already at 2:00pm there will be lots of activities in downtown Vancouver including various cultural performances. Click here for more information on the different performances. As a final warm-up to the fireworks you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy Canadian music performances at the free community concert Shorefest. This Saturday the Shorefest starts at 7:30pm at Sunset Beach and 7:15pm at English Bay.

Sunday
World championship in karaoke
Enjoy an evening filled with music and fun as the world championships in kareoke is kicked off this Sunday at 5:00pm. Singers from all over the world are participating in this event, where they have the opportunity to stars of tomorrow. The event takes place at 1050 Granville Street, and there’s free admission! Click here for more information.

 

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: Exposé of the week ft. Christoph Schmitz !

This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing  Christoph Schmitz, who comes from Köln, Germany and finished his bachelor in Business administration. He decided to come to develop his professional skills before he starts his master studies.

He attended an internship with INTERNeX in Vancouver at Purdy´s, the leading chocolate company in Canada.

Why did you come to Canada?

Well, I´ve been traveling quite a lot I would say but I’ve never been to Canada before and it was like a very unfamiliar place and I wanted to discover something new and that´s mostly why I came.

Tell me about Purdy´s, the company you are working for.

Purdy´s is the chocolate leading company here in Canada and they have 63 shops all over the country. It was founded in 1907 by Mr. Purdy and since 1963 the Flavelle Family owns the business.

This is the only Factory, located in 2777 of Kingsway in Vancouver, but there is another location with a bigger warehouse and also offices in the City of Vancouver.

What is the best and the worst about working in a chocolate Factory?

The best specially here is that people are really very nice, friendly and helpful. They help me a lot, especially during the beginning. Another good thing is that I have very interesting tasks here.

But eating chocolate everyday is not so good. Hahahaha. Well, I have to admit is not so bad as well!

Have you gained weight since you work here?

I guess a bit, hahaha, but I didn’t step on the scale, but maybe a bit yes.

What’s the most unexpected thing about working in Purdy’s?

Well, here I work for purchasing, but I also do some quality issues, and also participate in some smaller projects. Is very interesting because I didn´t expect to try different things other than purchasing.

What´s the most interesting thing that you learned?

I didn´t have really too much idea about purchasing before and I think I know quite a lot know, and I also got in contact with a lot of people and that´s very interesting.

What are your basic daily tasks?

Mostly all the colleagues from another departments come and tell me what they need, for example ingredients or so, and I start my research on the internet, catalogues and so, and I have to find good quality and good price. Then I give suggestions about what can fit the best, and sometimes I try to get them samples so they can test it before.

If they agree with me, I create a purchase order and ask for quotes and I contact the suppliers, and if everybody agrees I send the purchase order and then I confirm the arrival of the order, and make sure that is complete or is not broken or if there is a kind of problem with the order.

Is your internship useful?

Definitely yes. I learnt a lot about purchasing and I saw that is very connected to my field of study, so is very useful. And of course I have interesting tasks (when I wake up every morning I don’t really think I have to go to work because I really enjoy it). It´s without doubt a great opportunity for me.

 What do you like the most about Canada and Vancouver?

I really like that in Vancouver you have all the kind of places you can visit. You have the mountains, the sea, a big city, etc…so you can do everything here as long as the weather is good!

What is the thing that you liked less about Vancouver?

This question is pretty hard. I would say that the worst thing is that I miss my family, and my girlfriend, so if they were here they would make it perfect!

Did you attend some trips or activities with INTERNeX?

Yes, I attended the PuB Nights and some trips, for example the White Water Rafting Trip in Chilliwack, which was amazing.

Why did you choose INTERNeX?

I contacted a guy in Germany who looked for international internships and he suggested INTERNeX because he had a very good experience before and worked quite a lot with INTERNeX.

Was INTERNeX helpful here in Vancouver?

Yes, definitely. Mainly because it was easier to find friends and meet people in the same situation. And I was always had the chance to be in contact with you guys, and ask you questions.

Would you recommend INTERNeX?

Yes, of course, because they organize very nice trips and also the pub nights which are a very good way to meet new people and have a relaxing time after work. They also helped me a lot and when I arrived hey gave me a welcome orientation, etc.

How did you find you accommodation?

Mina from INTERNeX, helped me and contacted my homestay family, so I could get my room. It was too easy.

What’s the first thing you will do when you arrive to Germany?

For sure drink local beer!!

What’s your favorite chocolate in Purdy’s?

I really like the dark chocolate with lots of cocoa, but I would say that my favorite is the one with a combination of caramel inside and salt inside of dark chocolate. Hmmmm.

And now for all of those who love chocolate, what´s the process in the factory for making chocolate?

First we get all this huge mass of ingredients and then in the kitchen they melt the chocolate, they mix all the ingredients and make all this secret recipes. When the chocolate is done, it goes to another section where they cut it and mix it maybe with more chocolates (for example if is it has cream inside). Depending on the type of chocolate we have to add some extra ingredients.

When it´s ready, it´s saved in boxes and then they go to the pack-line where they are introduced in it´s right box or package.

Finally, the chocolate goes to the Warehouse and then to the cooling room. If we need to ship directly the chocolate in the West Coast, we have two trucks for that.

And last question that I need to know, why can´t you wear perfume in the factory?

Well, because the chocolate absorbs the tastes. For example is you put chocolate in a paper, in a few weeks is going to taste like paper. So that´s why also we can´t wear perfume because it absorbs everything.

Thank you so much Christoph for sharing your experiences with us and best of luck in your future !

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Exposé Of The Week ft Ilse Hofman

This week, we are interviewing Ilse Hofman who came from The Netherlands to work in Canada. She has been in Vancouver for almost 4 months since February this year. So here is what she had to say about her experience in Canada:

Why did you go to Canada?
Most of the younger Dutch people who wants to go abroad, go to Australia or the States. Australia is really expensive and I want to be different! I choose Canada because of the beautiful nature and I definitely do not regret my choice.

How long are you staying here?
I arrived in the beginning of February in Vancouver and will stay here till October. Until that time I will be working here and go on trips to other places of course. From October till January I will go travelling to the east of Canada and some places in the United States. I will fly back home at the end of February.

What kind of work are you doing, where have you worked?
My first job was at Blenz (coffee shop). I worked there for 2,5 months as a Barista. I had to travel 1,5 hours by bus to get there so after a while I started to find another job, closer to my home. Right now I’m working as a server in a restaurant of a private tennis club next to the beach and closer to my home.

How did you get your jobs?
Internex arranged the job interviews and advised me what I should say and what not to say. Applying for a job here is very different than applying for a job in The Netherlands so all the advise and tips were really helpful.

My landlord helped me getting the job as a server in the restaurant from the private tennis club. He is a member and knew that the club was looking for servers. He told me that and I was enthusiastic right away, than he talked to the F&B manager. The next day I got the contact details and I sent an e-mail to the manager and the day after I had my job interview. 2 weeks later I started and quit the job at Blenz.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
When I worked at Blenz, I advised people about the products, handled payments, made the drinks and sometimes I made latte art! Of course cleaning was one of the things we had to do as well.

In the restaurant I am serving the guests, take their orders, serving drinks, handling payments. At the end of the shift we are cleaning all the tables and chairs and set up the tables for the next day/evening.

What is the best thing about your work?
During this work abroad my English improved a lot. That’s mainly because I use different expressions than I learned on school. I use a broader vocabulary.

Also, I meet new people that have different cultures. All the Canadians here are really kind and helpful. Especially in the beginning it was strange that everyone says; hi, how are you doing?  In The Netherlands, people will look at you and think: why do you ask, you don’t mean a thing!

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?
As I was telling before the people are so nice and helpful. I meet a lot of people and whole Vancouver is kind of your friend, people will tell their whole life stories while you are sitting in the bus or sky train next to them.

There are also a lot of things to do here in the city. In the winter you can go for skiing in the surrounding mountains. In the summer you can go to the beach, if the weather is nice of course! Other things you can do in Vancouver are hiking, visiting parks, like Stanley Park and shopping of course.

What trips did you do in your free time, also organized by INTERNeX?
In my first week in Vancouver we went to Cypress Mountain for skiing. Flora and I got lost at the end of the day, we are both no pro’s and we came out at the black part. We climbed back to the junction to the other way.

With St. Patricks day we saw the Parade with a few other and after that we had lunch together and did some shopping. With Easter I went to the Rockies with INTERNeX. It was an amazing trip, one of the must do’s in Canada!

In the beginning I went to the PuB NiGHTS almost every week. It is a great way to meet new people and friends!

Do you attend the weekly Pub-Night organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?
In the beginning I went to most of the pub-nights. We became friends with each other and shared stories. But right now I’m not going that often, because the most days I am working in the evening.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?
Internex is the partner from the travel agency in Holland. They told what Internex could do for me while I am in Canada and everything did sound really good.

What is the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?
They always want to help you and they always will make time for you. Internex knows a lot about other cultures, so they can advise you very well what to say and what not to say in example a job interview.

How did you find a place to stay?
Mina, who is working for INTERNeX knew someone who knew a another person who had a basement suite available. I took a look there and after a few days the place was mine!

How did INTERNeX International Exchange help you to organize your trip to Canada?
The travel agency in The Netherlands helped me with booking my flights. Internex was already looking for job opportunities and on my second day Flora, the PR intern, told me a lot about Vancouver, the transit system and other good things to know.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes I will! As I said they help me with everything. They make you feel comfortable in the city. I think the nicest thing about Internex that if you come to Canada by yourself, you don’t feel alone when you arrive.

Thank you Ilse for sharing your experiences in Canada with us and for all the great memories during your stay here!

Cheers,

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

INTERNeX Canada: Jelle says ‘’Hallo’’

Hello everybody!

I’m Jelle de Graaf, and I’m one of the new PR interns. I am a Dutch student and I’m living close to Amsterdam in a small town called Enkhuizen. The city of Enkhuizen has an old city centre with many historical buildings to discover.

For the last 7 years I’ve studied in Amsterdam. The first 4 years I did a studie in graphic design, and now I’m studying international tourism management. Because of my study I’d like to travel alot. Discover new places and cultures all around the world. Last year I did a marketing and promotion internship in Kenya and I made a study trip with my university to China.

Some other hobbies of mine are watching or attending soccer games of Ajax Amsterdam, going out with friends, seeing interesting movies and visiting all kind of museums. In other words, I’m an outgoing and open person who likes to meet new people!

I’m very impressed of Vancouver and the views of the surrounding mountains. There is alot to see and to do and I’m sure I will have a great time spending the couple of months with my INTERNeX colleagues, and other Canadian people that I am going to meet! I already found out that Canadians are very kind and helpful people.

This morning I walked through Gastown with all the great restaurants, bars and shops. After that I discovered the waterfront of downtown. Here you have some beautiful views of the busy harbour and the incoming ships.

Within my internship I want to improve my English grammar and enjoy all the new experiences during my stay here in Vancouver!
I’m looking forward to speak to you reallyl soon and please, feel free to chat with me or leave a comment below!

Thanks,

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

INTERNeX Canada: Exposé of the week ft Maike

This week, we are interviewing Maike Lied who came from Germany to do an internship in Canada. She has been in Vancouver for 5 months since last year October 2012 and will be leaving in just a few short days at the end of February! So here is what she had to say about her experience in Canada:

Why did you choose Canada?

I didn’t want to go somewhere that was really overrated, like New York City for example. But I still wanted to go to a place that was city-like so I wouldn’t feel completely isolated. Another reason I chose Canada was because I heard from a friend of mine that it was such a beautiful place with nice people…so you could say I was pretty much convinced!

What do you like most about Vancouver?

I like the fact that you can pretty much do EVERYTHING here. Whether it’s hiking, skiing, going to the beach, or just wanting to enjoy a city life, Vancouver has it all! I thought that the people here are also so relaxed, friendly, and patient!

How did you like your internship and what kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?

The internship was great, I  loved it! I loved the people that I got to work with at my internship. When I first started working, I did a bit of everything like working with Photoshop  Adobe, and other designing tasks. Near the end of the internship, I got to work on WordPress and building websites! I really enjoyed that I got to work on a lot of different things and not just one task, and I learned a lot!

Is it related to your study you did back home? 

In a way yes, because although I have a BA in business administration, I also majored in marketing and my internship was similar to that. When David would talk to clients, I got to learn about how to get business’s started and how to get their websites up and running.

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

Well I honestly have been to so many places around Vancouver but I have been to Coquitlam to North Vancouver to Whistler!

What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?

This is tough because I have so many amazing memories here. One memorable thing I did in Canada was spending the Christmas holidays with my Vancouver friends, baking and eating lot’s of delicious food! Another lasting memory of Canada is from my internship because I’ve met so many great people there and I’ll miss them a lot.

What is the first thing you’ll do when you return home?

SLEEP. I’ll be so jet-lagged which is why I’d love to just spend my days sleeping! Also, I would definitely spend a lot of time with family, my boyfriend, and everyone I have missed back home.

What is the worst thing bout your internship/stay in Canada?

The worst thing for me was having to share my living space with other people. Sometimes, I come home from a long day at work and I’d just want to be alone…but I couldn’t!

Would you recommend INTERNeX international exchange? 

Yes, definitely! In the beginning when I first arrived, INTERNeX really helped me out and put so much effort into helping me find an internship job and a place to stay. Also, there  are so many fun and awesome things I got to do through INTERNeX, such as their weekly pub nights where I got to meet a lot of people, and weekend activities!

Thank you so much Maike for sharing your experiences in Canada with us and for all the great memories during your stay here!

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: Exposé of the week ft Justine

For this week’s exposé, we have a special video interview with Justine Forest from France! Justine came to Canada in March 2012 and attended a language school in downtown. Upon her completion, she started her internship at a boutique graphic firm in Gastown on September 2012 as a graphic designer and will finish her internship in March 2013!

In this clip, our PR team interviews Justine about her internship experience, so if you’d like to know more about Justine’s experience here in Vancouver, watch the video 🙂

Cheers,

INTERNeX PR Team

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