Candidate Exposé – Iris van Knippenberg

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I am Iris van Knippenberg, a 21 year old Dutchie, and am studying International Leisure Management at NHTV in Breda.

I always wanted to do my internship abroad, as I think you learn way more from that and it is just an amazing experience. After I went abroad to Finland, I even wanted to go abroad more and preferred going outside Europe this time. Canada was in my top 3 of countries outside Europe, so it wasn’t hard to finalise my decision when I got the offer to do this internship.

I first tried out to find internships on my own in the US, but it was really difficult to get one as you really need a network for it and they prefer people who are a native speaker as well. When I couldn’t find one on my own, I decided to look at my school database and that is where I found the vacancy to do an internship with INTERNeX. It spoke to me, as it was outside Europe and I really liked the tasks I would need to do here with INTERNeX.

I am doing an internship with INTERNeX itself, so I am sort of part of the practicum Iris van Knippenberg (words)program of INTERNeX. I had to do an internship for my study, so I couldn’t choose another one. I really like the internship at INTERNeX, I feel like I already learned a lot and there is so much opportunity to actually learn something if you really want to. It is really nice to hang out with the others who are part of the program too, as they experience the same things as I do and therefore really understand it.

The atmosphere in the company is really good. Besides that I also like my tasks and the projects I am doing for them as well. Like I already mentioned, I also got a lot of opportunities to work on my personal goals, which I really appreciate. Characteristics and skills you need to be successful here are I would say networking, being client-oriented and having good communication skills.

This internship is part of my university program and I think it is really useful because you finally get to actually practice everything and learn the skills, which you should not be able to learn when you are just in a classroom.

Iris van Knippenberg 1When I arrived I felt like Vancouver was really big (the buildings and the city itself) and pretty warm. I expected snow before I came here, so I was really surprised to arrive in a city where there was no snow and 7 degrees. When I left the Netherlands, it was way colder, so that is why I expected at least the same temperature in Vancouver. Right now it doesn’t feel big anymore, I got used to the city and I know my way around now. Canadians are really polite and easy-going. Besides that I found out that Canada has beautiful nature and there is so much to do here.

I attend every trip we organise with the PR-team, because I always like to go with the INTERNeX family, there is a really good atmosphere among us. I also like the events and the pub nights are always really nice too, so I always try to go to as many things as possible.

I already did a lot in Vancouver. While I am here I visited quite some amazing places. The ones that stood out the most were the Rockies, Kelowna and Joffre lakes. Besides that I also did a lot of amazing activities such as bungee jumping in Whistler, going to my first professional hockey game, hiking at Lynn Canyon, celebrating King’s Day in Vancouver and I went to a boat party.

I love the nature here and that it is so easy to just go on a hike or to the beach. While doing this, I have the feeling that I am actually escaping my daily life routine. I have been homesick in the beginning and in the middle of my time here. In the beginning I wasn’t used to living alone anymore and had to get used to it again. In the middle of my internship, a lot of my good friends were leaving Vancouver again and I felt a bit alone because of that. However, because of all the great people of the INTERNeX family I felt way better.

I can’t choose between two experiences which have both been really amazing for me, the Iris van Knippenberg 2Rockies and Joffre lakes. When you are at the Rockies, it totally feels like an escape of reality when you are there. The mountains and views are amazing and the atmosphere here is just the best ever. At the Rockies I got the chance to do a hike at Johnston Canyon while every waterfall was still frozen. Besides that I also did a hike on the mountain in Banff where I got amazing views over the mountains. I also walked on Lake Louise to a frozen waterfall. It was a bit scary to walk over it, but also really great.

Joffre Lakes was an amazing day-long hike, which was challenging but really worth the time and effort. As I did not have the right hiking shoes yet, I kept falling and it took me a long time to get to the second lake. Climbing up the mountain was also not really helping either. However, once we were at the second lake, I forgot all the pain and exhaustion. The lakes are blue-greenish as they are fed by glaciers and absolutely look amazing.

This trip definitely inspired me to travel more since I heard about a lot of amazing events and places while I was here (Oktoberfest in München and Carnaval in Aachen). Besides that I do not have the time to see the other side of Canada now, so I would love to go to the other side to see Quebec, Montreal, Ottowa and the Niagra falls.

INTERNeX helped me to find my way in Vancouver regarding finding friends. Besides that the organisation also gave me the opportunity to explore a lot of places where I would not have gone without them. Yes, my experience would have been way different without INTERNeX and I would not change a thing about it.

When I get Back home I will eat a lot of chees and order a “frikandel speciaal”.

– Iris

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

PuB & CluB NiGHT Announcement

This weekend, we will have another great Pub & Club Night! This means that we will not have a pub night on Wednesday (tomorrow)! We will meet on Friday night the 27th of June at 7:00pm for a few drinks, and tons of fun. So join us to enjoy a really nice evening with the INTERNeX community in one of the most famous bars of Vancouver and it’s also my last event with INTERNeX and I want to celebrate my last day with you guys, so come and join 🙂

This time we chosen one of my favourite pub’s here in Vancouver and this is of course THE CAMBIE and that means cheap beer and tons of fun. So we will meet at 7pm on Friday at the Cambie and have some drinks there and afterwards we can go to the nightclub called Caprice or Joseph Richards. 

I hope you all gonna join me for my last Pub & Club Night here in Vancouver. Please keep in mind that the Pub is 19+ and have two pieces of ID’s with you.

 

See ya on Friday at 7pm for a big party night 🙂

 

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 were your holidays?

Happy 2013 everyone! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

It’s a new year, meaning new resolutions and new goals, but before we get to that, let me tell you about my trip to Hong Kong for the past two weeks.

It’s a completely different world with so many people everywhere all the time and skyscrapers everywhere! I love that I can simply walk downstairs from my apartment and have 50 different restaurants and 5 different malls at my fingertips. That’s pretty much all I did for two weeks was eat, eat and eat. I got to try different foods like dim sum, snails, different kinds of seafood and buffets!

I also got the chance to reconnect with my family and spend the holidays with them. My mom’s side of the family is huge so it was really great to catch up with them once again. I got to do things that I normally wouldn’t have such as celebrating my grandma’s 90th birthday with a huge party for her and counting down New Years Eve at my cousin’s barbecue!

Though Hong Kong is my original home, I still got to become a tourist and visit some of the most popular attractions. My favourite places are The Peak or Victoria Harbour where the view of the skyline is just incredible. It’s something that everyone must see and kind of makes Vancouver look like a village.

I also got the chance to visit the big Buddha where you have to take a cable car to reach and a place that never fails to make me happy: Disneyland!

The last two weeks was a good getaway from all the stress and rain, but sometimes it was just too crazy and I did miss Vancouver a lot. If I could only merge the two cities together, it would be perfect!

How were your holidays? Did you go home to spend it with your family or stay in Vancouver?

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: Christmas dinner review

Yesterday our small INTERNeX family had dinner at the Boathouse, in front of English Bay!  The place was quiet but nice, and the views were just great! We could choose between different starter, main courses and dessert. I chose the most unhealthy salad ever, but waSAM_3029s quiet good! And like main dish almost everybody ordered a super meat steak that some people couldn’t finish, right Queenie? ,)

Mmm the desert was the best! Mocha ice cream pie…mm!

Particularly this time of the year, can be hard not to be with your family, so it’s always good to have some good food with good people around you. It’s always good to share your time, your plans with you guys! Thank you all for coming!

And no matter how you celebrate Christmas, enjoy this time of the year!Merry Christmas!!!!

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

 

 

 

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday – It’s Christmas in 1 month!

Back home I know when Christmas is approaching as soon as you can get all these super sweet and everything but low-calorie treats anywhere. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized that they sell originally German Stollen at Nesters Market!! Oh I should probably first explain what it is. Back home in Germany, Stollen is a loaf of sweet fruit bread covered with a thick layer of icing sugar. I used to hate it as a kid as I contains weird stuff like dried raisins and candied orange and lemon peel but a couple of years ago, I actually started to appreciate the distinct taste you only get in the advent season. The best Stollen in the world  is the one my grandma makes from scratch of course! She would add tons of butter and make it extra juicy and yummy…this is probably one of the things I miss most over here; real and honest and non-processed food with healthy and home-grown ingredients. Might be a reason why Monday night was so special for me. My roomie and I had four girlfriends over at our apartment and we cooked traditionally Dutch food with mashed potatoes, veggies and sausages. It was not only delicious but our whole apartment smelled just like home (German and Dutch food are very similar, so it really did!! 🙂 ) And then one of the girls made cake that tasted exactly like my nana’s Zimtschnecken (cinnamon buns)! I was in heaven and this certainly made up for many pasta-with-tomato-sauce-dinners in Canada!

So here’s the plan: I’ll go get some yummy Stollen after work today, make myself a nice cup of tea, curl up on the couch, indulge in a book and pretend I was sitting next to the Kachelofen (tiled stove) at home, listening to the crackling fire. If I can’t be there for Christmas this year, I’ll have to somehow transfer all the food, smells, warmth and love to wherever I am. Only writing about it makes me happy right now… 🙂

When you give it a thought, what do you miss most about home besides family and friends? Is it the food, sleeping in your own bed, speaking your mother tongue or something completely different? Share with us!!

Cheers

Marianne

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: Contest announcement!

December is almost here…what does it mean?? Christmas time!!Yes that time of the year where everybody puts on weight, the family stays together and everybody receives gifts! This year this would be the same with some differences, but basically the same! We will put on weight (maybe we should eat and of course drink less but don’t make promises you can’t accomplish 🙂 ), we will stay with our new families here and everybody will receive gifts!

But do you want to receive a super-super gift??? I am sure you want! How?

Easy, easy, easy! Make a picture which shows your particular vision of Christmas in Vancouver!! Send us the picture with few sentences explaining the special meaning for you to our mail: pr@internexcanada.com

We will publish the three best pictures and the winner will receive our awesome prize!!! We will announce the winner on 18th of December, so you have almost one month to make a great picture and have the possibility to win a super mega great 2 set of HP Ski or Snowboard Rental (value of 120 dollars) in Whistler!!

You can change the rain for the snow, and for what price? Just a picture! Great, isn’t it?

So…what are you waiting for??? Participate now!!!

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

INTERNeX Canada: Fun facts about Hockey

First of all: The game is called ‘hockey’ not ‘ice hockey’ my fellow European friends. Of course, it is obviously played on ice and the players wear ice skates but if you don’t want to be identified as a total newbie from a foreign country stop calling it ice hockey – just as a little recommendation for you. 😉

The sport was officially born in Canada in the 1700s when some British soldiers combined a bunch of different sports to adapt it to the snowy and icy outdoors conditions in Canada. Since then, proper rules have been developed and it has become the national sport of Canada today. Every true Canadian is obsessed with it and I know from my own experience that this craziness about hockey does not know age or gender.

When I spent my Easter vacation with a Canadian family last year, there happened to be an allegedly important Canucks game on Easter Sunday. So what did they do about it? Believe it nor not but everyone (Granddad, Nana, Mom, Dad, uncles, aunts and kids) got up from the dinner table, moved to the TV room, everyone grabbed a beer and watched the game together. After it was over, the family gathered at the dinner table again, discussed the game, had some dessert and that was it. Isn’t that funny? To me it seemed weird as I am not used to this kind of excitement for sports and it was particularly different to see a whole family being so passionate about it! I later found out that their entire village gets together once a year around Christmas at the family’s pond for the so-called “Wiener Cup”. It is a traditional hockey competition where family teams or teams of friends play against each other and the winning team gets this ugly and super random trophy (check out the picture, this is the original “Wiener Cup”!!). Actually I’ll be there and experience it myself this winter…Should be interesting, I’ll let you know how I did!

In order to get a hang of the rules and come up with a winning strategy, though, I guess I will have to watch many many real hockey games before…Let’s start today at Pacific Coliseum! GO GIANTS!!! 🙂

Cheers

Marianne

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