How was your weekend?

And it is Monday again! Wow, that weekend passed by quickly. Before we are preparing our backpacks for our trip to Kelowna next weekend, I will tell you what I experienced in the last days.

My weekend started off Friday afternoon, when the office was suddenly full of enthusiastic people, ready for our game night. We laughed a lot about the creative inputs while playing “What do you meme?” and “Pictionary”. The game “Boys vs. Girls” showed which gender has the best skills. Hot discussions and tricky challenges later the winner was clear (girls, of course). The international mall was already empty, when we changed our location to Blarney Stone’s to enjoy some drinks and live music.

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The next day started early, but with a nice surprise: it did not rain! So, we took the opportunity to explore the nature around Vancouver. Half an hour in the bus and 20 minutes on the ferry later, we arrived on Bowen Island. This island pictures exactly what I had in mind when thinking about British Columbia before I travelled to Canada. We hiked around a lake for three hours, enjoyed the amazing views and took hundred of pictures.

 

Trees, ferns, mountains, sdrwaterfalls, squirrels – we have seen all what you can expect from a proper nature day. We deserveda good lunch after this active day, so we visited a cute restaurant in the small village on the island. It got already dark again, when we arrived back in Vancouver. What a great day! I am still surprised how easily you can escape the busy city life here.

 

My Sunday morning began with breakfast, before it was time to depart to the pub. To a pub on Sunday midday? Yes, Super Bowl it was. Of course, I did not want to miss this received_10213862331466114American sports highlight when I had the chance to see it in the middle of the day. Many of you showed up at the Malone’s to see the game, the 7-minutes Justin Timberlake half-time show or to have a good reason to drink beer on a Sunday afternoon. Some of us even joined the game of chance the pub organised, but no one was lucky enough to win. Nevertheless, it was really fun to follow the spectacle with you. So, what team are we supporting next Sunday?!

I hope you also had a great weekend. See you all on Wednesday for our PuBNiGHT at the Beaver Bar!

– Kerstin

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

New Dutchie in town

My name is Tess and I am a 20-year-old Dutch student. I am currently doing my International Event Management course within the Leisure Management study program. Since I really like to go to festivals, and always have been a bit of a planner, I figured this would be the perfect study for me, and it is!

Besides going to festivals, I also really like going on new adventures and meet new people. Well you could say this is a big one! For the 16130173_10202605388211669_2005288679_onext 7 months I will join INTERNeX as a PR-Coordinator and support the team with tasks like organizing the PuB NiGHTS, trips and other events. My group of friends always call me the tour leader, since I always book and plan our trips and even make our own travel guide, so I think we will all be fine ☺

I am a very enthusiastic person and easy to enjoy by the smallest things! Like last Thursday, when I went up to Stanley Park, I saw a raccoon for the first time since I arrived in Vancouver. It just made my day! So I am very excited to go on the big trips with you to spot some more Canadian wildlife.

Fun fact about me: I used to do lots of sports before I started studying in Breda, and one of them was belly dancing. I even participated in several competitions! I still love to dance, but don’t you dare asking me to show some moves on the PuB NiGHTS, we will just keep it to drinking then 😀

I am excited to meet all of you guys, so hopefully see you at PuB NiGHT tonight!

– 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’S UP ON THE WEEKEND?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner associated with a long weekend. Tonight INTERNeX is celebrating this traditional holiday in the highest restaurant in the city. That means we can enjoy our Thanksgiving Dinner with an amazing panoramic view on the 42nd floor. 20842642862_a0b1884807_bUnfortunately the weather isn’t that good, actually it’s pretty bad. Therefore we are not able to see the gorgeous sunset. Nevertheless I’m pretty sure when the lights turn on in the whole city it’ll be awesome.
On Saturday I’m going to Victoria to explore a part of the beautiful Vancouver Island. Have you been there before? I’m looking forward to go there.
As I’ve heard it’s an amazing city where you can experience a lot. Especially the nightlife is known for the enviable cocktail and beer scene. If you’ve never been to Victoria before I guess it would definitely be worth it. On Monday I’ll have Thanksgiving Dinner with my homestay family. Most of you will certainly celebrate Thanksgiving with their homestay family as well.

But what else could you do on the weekend?
For those of you who love to celebrate one of the most famous German events Harvest House is organizing an Oktoberfest on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. It’s the last weekend so don’t miss your chance.
If you are interested in history you shouldn’t miss the Walking Tours hosted by Forbidden Vancouver. “The lost souls of Gastown” is a kind of Halloween adventure so it’s not just for those who are interested in history. Feel the creepy spirit even now.

Have a nice weekend!

INTERNeX Goes USA – Seattle Shopping and Sightseeing Trip!

It’s almost Christmas time which means it’s time to go gift shopping for your friends and family. Shopping in Canada can be quite expensive, but it is much cheaper in the United States.

One of the things so great about living in Vancouver is that we are very close to America as it is just a short drive away! This is why you don’t miss out on the chance to join us on a day trip to Seattle on Sunday, December 16th, 2012!

We are going with West Trek Tours, and if you’ve ever been on one of their tours, you know you are going to have the best time! There will be a tour guide coming along to tell you everything you need to know about Seattle! This is city that is full of culture and history that has a really cool young vibe to it.

Other than shopping we will be exploring some of the most famous landmarks and must see places in Seattle. We will be going to downtown Seattle and along the way stopping at the Seattle Center and the Space Needle which was designed as a futuristic spaceship in 1962 for the world’s expo fair.

It’s an incredible tower that you cannot miss when you visit Seattle. Then, we will be visiting Safeco Field which is the arena for the Seattle Mariners, an American Baseball team.

Finally, we will be going to my favourite place: Pike Place Market! It’s one of the most visited places in Seattle because the seafood there is amazing. I always get a clam chowder at Pike Place Chowder and it is the best!

This is also where the first EVER Starbucks was built in 1971 and still exists! If you are a lover of coffee, this is a must see. Right below Pike Place is a really cool street called the Gum Wall, and as the name suggests, it’s a street with walls that are fully plastered with gum that have been chewed. I know, it’s one of the grossest things ever but why not add to the collection yourself?

Sign up at the event here on Facebook! It’ll be an awesome trip and we would appreciate it if you can let us know by this Friday!

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: Smart Saver Vancouver – Free Walking Tours!

New to Vancouver?  First of all, welcome to this beautiful city!

I’m sure you have heard how amazing this city is, but it can be hard to find your way around when you have just arrived. Today’s smart saver is perfect for those who are new, or anyone who wants to explore the city of Vancouver more!

Joining a tour is a great way to get to know a foreign place because it includes a tour guide showing you where to go and answering any questions you may have!

The Tour Guys Walking Tours offer FREE WALKING TOURS of downtown Vancouver. They run Friday to Sunday in the winter and you get a choice of exploring three neighbourhoods – Chinatown, Granville Street & Gastown, and Downtown & Olympic Waterfront.

Their tour guides are full of energy and are so knowledgeable about everything Vancouver. They put on an incredible show and it won’t feel like you are in a regular, boring tour. You’ll find out why people are so in love with Vancouver and why it has been chosen as one of the most liveable cities on earth.

Check out the full calendar here! To register, all you have to do is select the date and tour you want to attend. You don’t have to pay anything! The tours generally start at 11am and lasts for 90 minutes. Please try to arrive 10 minutes so you won’t be left behind.

Vancouver is more than just skyscrapers, mountains and ocean – all things you have already been told about.  Take advantage of this free option to learn about its vibrant history and the eclectic culture that you can’t find anywhere else!

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

A Canadian’s Internship Experience

Some of you may know by now that today is my last day as an intern at INTERNeX. You didn’t think you were the only one doing an internship, did you? Many Canadian students also have to complete an internship for their post-secondary education, like me :). I have been a Public Relations intern with INTERNeX for three months now. My main tasks were organizing events, conducting orientation seminars for you guys and doing some design work as well. The time here has gone by so quickly and it seems like just yesterday I was new to Vancouver!

I flew to British Columbia from Ontario on April 28, 2010, excited for what the next three months would bring. I had always heard that Vancouver was an amazing city, and that B.C. was an gorgeous place, so I had high expectations when I first arrived. Ontario is quite a flat province, so flat in fact that on a clear day, the CN tower can be seen from where I live – about 82 km away from Toronto. That being said, you can imagine what I was doing in the cab from the airport: Marveling at the province’s rolling mountains as my eyes darted from peak to peak. That was only the beginning of my most memorable summer experience.

Looking back, I remember dreading the thought of an unpaid internship. The idea of working full-time for a company seemed so unfair and cruel for a student that was already broke from paying tuition. What I didn’t know then, was that my summer internship would prove to be a priceless experience, and the rewards would be far greater than a paycheck.

When you start any new job (an internship is pretty much a job – a bridge between the classroom and a real work environment), you try to imagine what the experience will be like. Will you like the position? Will you get along with your coworkers? What is the office environment like? All of these thoughts raced through my head as I walked to work on May 3, 2010.

As I approached the door to the INTERNeX office, I realized that – as cheesy as it sounds – I was about to open a door to a new experience , and to a new chapter in my life. Internship Tip #1: Breathe.

When I stepped into the office that day, I was greeted with big smiles and polite hellos from the staff. This of course, was a relief, because entering a new work environment can be daunting. Internship Tip #2: Relax and Smile. My first week at INTERNeX was CRAZY, but in a great way. I was able to dive head first into a number of tasks and projects, each one teaching me about the nuts and bolts of the company’s core values and objectives. The more things I did, the more I learned, which brings me to Internship Tip #3: Show initiative. Learn about the company. If you’re done a project, ask for a new task. Help out a busy coworker, even take the office pet for a walk if everyone else is too busy. If you show initiative, this will lead to more responsibility in the future.

Of course when you first begin your internship, there can be a lot to learn. You may suffer a bit of information overload (like I did), so take your time. The company knows you are new. They’re there to help and answer any questions you may have, so when in doubt, ask. Throughout my internship each and everyone of the employees were to help me understand certain programs or visa requirements. All I had to do was ask :).  Internship Tip #4: Communicate.

After learning about the business side of the company, I was able to get to the really fun stuff – events and promotions! Being in PR, this is what I was pumped about! Getting to organize events for clients, and promote partner trips was very exciting to me. My first events with INTERNeX were planning a pub night and a barbecue, both of which enabled me to meet program participants and learn about many different cultures. It was fun to hang out with INTERNeX candidates, but it was also great to hear about their experiences as well. One thing to mention was that because I worked for INTERNeX and became friends with their clients, I had to maintain a professional attitude. This is why Internship Tip #5 is important: Be Professional. Every intern’s duties vary, but you should always be punctual, dressed appropriately and be professional in everything you do.

If you’re looking to complete an internship or are currently completing an internship, remember Internship Tip #6: The Success Of Your Internship Depends On YOU! Someone is not going to hold your hand at work. If you really want to learn, you need plunge into the ocean of opportunity available at the office. There are endless ways to learn and grown personally and professionally in a work environment, so, will you take the plunge?

I can say that my internship experience has been amazing. I have made professional connections, developed friendships, and have learned a tremendous amount. I got to work alongside the owner of the company, the program managers, and other interns. Even Nala, the office dog, taught me something: If you’ve had a busy day, take a short walk outside to clear your head and stretch your legs. You’ll feel amazing.  By following Internship Tip #7: Take Risks, you will find that if you push yourself, you will discover that you’re capable of more than you think ;).

If you’re looking to gain real-world, hands on experience, I would definitely recommend completing an internship. If you have a real sense of adventure, then doing an internship abroad makes the learning experience even more valuable. This world is a huge place. It’s full of great people,  amazing history and beautiful landscapes. What are you waiting for!

Canada is such a beautiful country. Since being in British Columbia I have had the opportunity to see some beautiful, picture-perfect landscapes.  My most recent and most-loved experience was a camping trip to Garibaldi Provincial Park. When you see the following picture, just know that what it looks like to you is nothing compared to when you’re standing in front of it. A picture says a thousand words but seeing with your own two eyes leaves you speechless. This is just one of the amazing places in Canada and I hope you get the chance to see it!

As my day slowly comes to an end, I still can’t believe my internship is almost over! I’ll miss the international staff, the busy atmosphere , even the gurgle of the water cooler beside my desk. But as one door closes, another one opens. Moving on is a simple thing, it’s what you leave behind that’s hard!

Goodluck to everyone in the future, and thank you to everyone at INTERNeX for a life-changing experience.

– Laura