First PuB NiGHT of 2011 !

Happy New Year everyone! This Wednesday there will be the first INTERNeX PuB NiGHT of 2011. We decided to go to the Blarney Stone (216 Carrall Street, Gastown, Vancouver) this Wednesday. The Blarney Stone is voted as the best Irish Pub in Vancouver! So bring all your Christmas and New Years Eve stories to this pub and I’ll bring mine. We will have a great time. The fun starts around 8.30 p.m. Free entrance!!

Hope to see you all this Wednesday!

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Cheers,

Elvera

Time to say goodbye :(

Hi everyone,

Today is my last day at INTERNeX. I remember my first day clearly. It was about 3,5 months ago and according to the people at the office I was very quiet back then. But that only lasted one day, just long enough for me to realize what a crazy bunch of people work at INTERNeX! After realizing that I loosened up and started acting like myself. I had a great time here and the people in the office are very friendly and helpful.

As most of you know, I send a survey yesterday asking you to answer a few short questions. This is all part of my internship assignment that I have to do as a part of my university back home. I would like to thank everyone for filling it out, and ask you to fill another one out next week. This survey will be about your program and gives you the opportunity to tell us about your experiences in Canada

During my time at a PR intern I had to change to meet some amazing people! Every time new candidates came I got the change to meet everyone.  Most of the candidates I saw again during the events we organized! Speaking of events, one part of my job I really liked was organizing events. Some of my favorite events we organized were paint balling, bowling, Disney evening, Lasertag and Karaoke and the outdoor movie viewing. Let’s not forget all those PuB NiGHTS! Always the only sober one there :).  During the last few months we managed to get a steady group of people to come to the PuB NiGHT. We went from not having a regular pub and 5 people attending to the Blarney Stone as ‘ our’ PuB and having 20 people attending! Thanks guys for making the PuB NiGHT a big success.

I especially enjoyed the trip I went on to the Rockies, with 11 of our candidates. We had a blast on that trip. If you haven’t been to the Rockies yet, I highly recommend to go with Moose, or West Trek on their amazing trip to the Rockies! You will see some of the most amazing mountains, waterfalls and get to  meet some pretty great people! Just come by the office and we can book the trip of a lifetime for you!

I hope everyone that is here in Vancouver will come to the Cambie tonight at 6.30 to have a celebratory last drink! But even though it will be my last drink as part of the INTERNeX team, I will be in Vancouver for 2 weeks more, just relaxing and doing some sightseeing!

Thanks everyone for making my time at INTERNeX unforgettable! And thanks to our Dungeon Troll – Simon – for putting up with me trying to learn all I can about ‘ all that computer’ stuff!

– Manouk

Tonight is PuBNiGHT!

PuBNiGHT!

Yah it’s Wednesday again – and you know what that means! It’s time for the weekly INTERNeX and Global Work and Travel PuBNiGHT! Last week we had a big, crazy bunch of people attending, let’s see if we can top that this week. So bring all your friends and come to the Blarney Stone. If you are new in town or never been to the PuBNiGHT before, what better thing is there to do on a Wednesday night then to go out and get to know some new friends over a beer.  We promise you will have a good time, and some laughs 😉

Tonight is going to be an extra special night: West Trek and Moose are coming to the PuBNiGHT and are giving away some awesome prizes. Last week West Trek gave away a trip to Whistler, so who knows what they will give away this time. It will be Moose’s first time to our PuBNiGHT, and we’re looking forward to having them both there with us!

As some of you might know INTERNeX is partnering up with Global Work and Travel at the PuBNiGHTS. Global Work and Travel Co. is company that helps Australians come to Canada to work and have fun. Last week we had some of their Staff coming out and tonight hopefully we will have some of their travelers coming out too, so Anna (our only Australian these days) may not be the only Aussie there!

This week we sadly have a few people leaving Canada to go back to Germany, but luckily we also have a few new people coming out. We will do our best to make everyone feel welcome and make sure that everyone has a great time!

We will be at the Blarney Stone at 8.30 pm. See you there!

–          Manouk

Candidate Exposé

Meet Gudrun, a young mind from Germany who is ready to conquer anything Canada throws her way. I first met Gudrun at the INTERNeX office a few weeks ago, and then again at INTERNeX PuB NiGHT! We chatted for awhile about her internship and how she was enjoying her time spent in Canada. She was so interesting to talk to, I thought I would ask her to share more about her experiences so far.

Why did you decide to come to Canada?
Canada was my destination of choice as I decided I would like to spend time in an English speaking country and Vancouver has a reputation for being innovative and very keen on sports. I think living and working overseas is an important learning/life experience and in today’s global society, it is getting more and more important to gain a more international perspective.

How did you find out about INTERNeX?
INTERNeX is in collaboration with my German organization, which arranged everything for me.

What program are you currently participating in?
I’m doing an unpaid internship!

Do you like program offered by INTERNeX?
Yes, I think they offer many different kinds of options, so anybody will find the right program.

What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy learning a lot about the structure and work processes within the company. It’s great to have the opportunity to work unsupervised and to display initiative.

What skills do you use at work?
I use my computer skills along with my verbal and written English language skills.

What would you tell others about Canada as a country?
You have to experience Canada yourself, but I would recommend Canada to anybody. It seems to be a country with lots of international influences and many opportunities, regarding sports, culture, nature, shopping and sightseeing… and the Canadians are all very friendly and open-minded.

Can you sum up your experience in 10 words or less?
Vancouver is awesome, I’ve enjoyed every minute so far!

What kind of activities have you done since living in Canada?
There is still so much to do, but I’ve been to Seattle already, I also enjoyed Stanley Park and the Aquarium, Granville Island, The Capilano Suspension Bridge and of course some pubs in Downtown.

What are your plans for the future?
After my internship I want to travel first before I’m going back to Germany. Afterwards I will either apply for a new job or doing my PhD. I haven’t decided yet.

Not sure which program is for you? Visit http://www.internexcanada.com for more information on how INTERNeX can make your trip to Canada happen!

INTERNeX International Exchange

Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Introducing Manouk – PR Intern at INTERNeX!

Hi everybody,

My name is Manouk van den Heuvel and today is my first day working at INTERNeX! I am completing my internship in communications, therefore I will be working side-by-side with Laura to bring you guys lots of fun events and activities!

First let me introduce myself:

I’m 22 years old and come from the Netherlands. I normally live in The Hague, for those of you who don’t know where that is, it’s somewhere between Amsterdam and Rotterdam.  During my stay in Vancouver I will live in the staff house – it’s an exciting place to meet people from all around the world!  I am currently in my third year of University, studying a Bachelor Degree in Commercial Communication Management.

I arrived in Vancouver last week, just in time for the Barbecue Kick-Off! I’ve already met a few people and hope to meet many more at PuB NiGHTS and other INTERNeX events. Be sure to come out to PuB NiGHT on June 10 at The Blarney Stone – I would love to meet you!

Since I’ve arrived, the weather hasn’t been very nice. I can’t wait for the sun to come out so I can see some of the beautiful mountains! If you’re new to Vancouver as well, I’d love to check out some places like Stanley Park and Chinatown, so let me know if you would like to meet up.

That’s all for now guys!

Manouk

Café Crêpe

I think I’m in love. With crêpes. This weekend, I went for another stroll down Robson Street, however I didn’t get very far. The sweet, sweet aroma of chocolate drizzle, strawberry and nutella made me stop dead in my tracks. Could it be? Love at first bite…

I had always seen the red lights that hovered above this little restaurant on Robson street, but had never stopped to order anything. Usually I eat lunch before heading out for some shopping, but on Saturday all I could think about was food! As soon as the smell of melting chocolate and fresh cut strawberries reached my nostrils, I was running towards the express window at Café Crêpe.

Importing the tradition of the classic European café to North America, Café Crêpe specializes in Parisian sweet & savoury crêpes. There are so many different types of crêpes to try at this hub, it can drive a hungry person mad! In addition to crêpes, they also specialize in french baguette sandwiches, and grilled Italian panini.  As an international café, Café Crêpe also offers world classics like half-pound certified Angus burgers, pommes frites (french fries),thin crust pizza, and a full traditional breakfast menu that includes Eggs Benedict and an exciting variety of omelettes, among other specialties. In addition to serving exceptional Italian roasted coffee, Café Crêpe is fully licensed, offering a vast selection of alcoholic beverages and cocktails, along with select beers and wines.

Everyone NEEDS to try something from this restaurant. Although a little pricey (depending on what you order), you will not be let down! I still dream about this crêpe.

Enjoy your eats!

– Laura

Check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge!

One of the first things I saw when I came to the city was Vancouver’s oldest tourist attraction. The Capilano Suspension Bridge, originally built in 1889, stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. Since then much has been added to the twenty-seven acre park. Of the many things to do, Treetops Adventure is the park’s newest attraction – seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor.

Guided nature tours, the Kids’ Rain forest Explorer program and Living Forest exhibit enhance this unique rain forest encounter. Enjoy musical entertainment and First Nations carving demonstrations. Take photos at the Totem Park and with the Capilano Tramps. Top it off with a visit to the gift shop full of quality merchandise from all over Canada and great homemade fudge!

Check out some more of my pictures on our Flickr account!

For those of you wishing to go, I recommend going on a Sunday. You can take the sea bus with a one zone pass on that day! Here’s some  more  helpful information:

Rates:

Adult: $29.95
Senior (65+): $27.95
Student (17+ and with ID): $23.75
Youth (13 – 16): $18.75
Child (6 – 12): $10.00
Child under 6: FREE

Included in the cost of admission:

  • The world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Thrilling Treetops Adventure and dramatic Cliffhanger Walk
  • Interactive Living Forest exhibit
  • Seven acre West Coast rain forest
  • Complimentary guided eco-tours
  • World’s largest private Totem Pole collection
  • First Nations Artisans depicting their artistic techniques, skills and heritage
  • Story Center history walk
  • Seasonal indoor and outdoor dining venues for group & FIT meals
  • Shopping in the 1911 Trading Post Gift Shop
  • Get out there and have fun – and take as many pictures as you can!

    – Laura