Soccer World Cup: Germany vs. Ghana

Let’s go and get your face painted in black, red and gold!! On Saturday the 21st of June Germany is playing against Ghana. It is already the second match for Germany in the group G. The last match was on Monday the 16th of June and of course Germany won the match against Portugal with 4:0. We gonna meet at 11 am at the Pint. The Pint  is located in 455 Abbott Street. The Pint is one of the famous pubs in Downtown and offers for the World Cup of course some specials. The specials are:

– $10 Brunch (11am to 4pm)

– $6 beer

The Pint covers for 12 people the entrance fee ($10), so if you want to be one of the lucky ones, please let us know ASAP (Fb, mail, message, etc.) so we can reserve the spot for you. It’s first come first serve. 

Get your german outfit out and join us to support the german team. Let’s hope their play the same way as against Portugal and we have something to celebrate afterwards. After the match we can go to the beach and relax a bit, so take your towel with you 🙂


Germany, Germany let’s go!!!


INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-

INTERNeX Canada: Where to watch the Olympic games

The Olympic Games are ON and for those interested I found a short list where you can watch the Olympic games live in Vancouver, click here. Or you can stream the Games at home on CBC Olympics.

Most important update of the Sochi Games is that GERMANY has the most gold medals at the moment. However Norway and the US have the most medals in total with 13 medals. Canada has 10 medals in total with 4 gold medals.

Good to know, the finals are on February 20th at 9am for women and on February 23rd for men at 4am.


Hope you are enjoying your Saturday and do not forget to come out in the evening for skating on the ice.

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

Toronto Dragon Boat Festival

The Event – Team Spirit At Its Very Best

The 22nd TELUS Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival promises a two-day fun-filled event that brings sports, team spirit and community spirit to Toronto Centre Island on June 19-20, 2010.

The Festival, which started in 1989, entered the international arena in 1993. From the humble beginning of only 27 teams participating in the first festival back in 1989, it has evolved to a much bigger operation over the past two decades.

Organized by the Toronto Chinese Business Association and the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, the Festival in 2010 will once again expect 180 to 200 teams with 5,000 athletes. Paddlers of different backgrounds from all over the world will take part in the ancient Chinese tradition and friendly competition.

In 2009, the Festival registered 8 teams of youth with physical and developmental challenges. The Festival was also graced by the cancer survivor terms from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region, fundraising beneficiary of the Festival. After all, it’s not always about winning the cup. The team spirit, the message of hope and inclusiveness prevails throughout the Festival!

Once again this year, the Festival will welcome teams from all provinces across Canada, from the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Europe and Asia.

In 2010, as the Festival celebrates its 22nd year, it promises to continue to be one of the most exciting summer events in Canada. It will juxtapose culture, water sport, exotic food with multi-cultural performances. In 2009, attendance at the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival reached the 120,000 mark to make it one of the most popular summer festivals in Toronto.

Furthermore, the Festival values social responsibilities and has in the past raised funds for charities such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Breast Cancer Foundation and the SickKids Foundation.

Today, dragon boat racing is held globally. It is now an annual event held in over 40 countries. All around the world, far and wide, people have embraced this water sport and formed dragon boat racing clubs in their own countries.

The two most established Dragon Boat Race Festivals in Canada – Toronto and Vancouver – spearheaded the Dragon Boat Council of Canada, the national dragon boat organizing body in Canada. The mission of the Council is to work together to develop criteria and processes to select national dragon boat champions to represent Canada in International and World Championships.

Hope everyone in Toronto has a  great weekend!

– Laura & Manouk

Upcoming events:

Bike Ride through Stanley Park

Pub Night at Metropole June 23

Rip’ Roarin’ Rockies Adventure!

Olympic Medals at GM Place

So, today is “Candidate Expose” Thursday, which means I am suppose to blog about a new face, employee or employer. You’ll have to forgive me, but having been here for just only a couple days, I am still trying to get accustomed to how the whole PR ordeal works.  I was thinking, maybe I’ll just write about myself, then again, I already did that and I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear me launch into a ten page spiel.  No, we’ll save that for when we meet. Yikes!

I’ll write an ‘expose’ anyhow, but on an inanimate object.  Today, it’s going to be about one of the most sought after object by all mankind- the Olympic hockey GOLD MEDAL. That’s right. Every four years, athletes from all around the world would gather to compete in their most talented sport, as witnessed in Vancouver this winter season.  One of most exhilarating events of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, which had everyone sitting on the edge of their seats, was the Canada vs. USA Men’s Final Gold Medal Olympic Hockey Game.  The duel between the two teams was phenomenal, with Canada taking its well-deserved place at the podium.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering why a gold medal deserves to be mentioned. The fact of the matter is, if you are in Vancouver, here’s your opportunity to feast your eyes and come into close proximity with the three medals – Robert Luongo’s gold, Ryan Kesler’s silver and Sami Salo’s bronze. These three medals will be displayed inside the concourse level of GM Place during the Canucks’ home games on weekends. Now, how awesome is that?

Of course, there’s also a very famous saying, “nothing comes without a price”. And the price of seeing these medals?

The cost of a hockey game ticket!

Shinya a.k.a MAX

So last week when I was trying to figure out our next potential candidate for the “expose” post, I was wracking my brain trying to find someone that could truly give us a glimpse into the “INTERNeX experience”. Little did I know but I had this person right in the office with me sitting across the room. Can you guess who it is? It’s Shinya! This once shy Japanese boy came to Canada and managed to see more places and do more things in one year then I’ve done in the past nine years that I’ve lived here. So yeah since he did just about everything that was possible and participated in every one of our programs he is the perfect candidate!

What is your name?
My name is Shinya but my “Canadian” name is Max

Where are you originally from?
Kobe, Japan

Why did you choose Canada as the location of your placement?
Well I’d been to Australia and New Zealand so Canada just seemed like the next stop for me

How did you find about INTERNeX International Exchange?
I found about it through the Japanese Embassy

Which program(s) did you participate in throughout your stay in Canada?
Well I actually participated in all three of the programs offered by INTERNeX

haha O.k. well let’s take this one program at a time then…What was the first program that you enrolled in?
Initially I started off with the hospitality program because I thought that this would be the best opportunity to improve my English skills and truly immerse myself into the Canadian culture. I was placed in Lake Louise, Alberta and for the first month I was a Dishwasher then when the second month came around I continued to do Dishwashing but in addition to this I was both a server and a clerk in the resort gift shop. After a total of 3 1/2 months working at the resort I moved back to Vancouver and applied for the PR/Communications internship offered by INTERNeX at their Vancouver office. The reason why I chose to taken on this position was because I thought that this would be able to take my experience to the next level and be that final step towards breaking me out of my shell. I was an intern at the office for 5 months but due to the fact that the internship was unpaid I had to find another means of gaining an income so I could continue to stay in Canada. Thankfully INTERNeX was gracious enough to set me up with a coffee shop located just a few blocks away from the office in Gastown. It was at this location that I worked as a Barista for 4 months. Then during the 2009 Christmas Break I decided since I’d already done the other two programs why not do it all…so i enrolled in the Ranchstay program. For two weeks I was placed on a mixed farm in Montana where I had many “firsts”. For the first time in my life I rode horses, fed cows, herded buffalo and took care of numerous farm animals. This was definitely something that will stay with me forever. And last but not least, most of you know that Vancouver was the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics so before I returned home I thought what better way to end my trip then to try and get a job in the Olympics…so that’s what I did. I hired on as a member of the event service staff who were responsible for assisting media personnel and essentially acting as security by ensuring that everyone had the correct accreditation in order to gain entrance into the media tent. Throughout the few weeks that I worked there I met a considerable amount of athletes/celebrities. Some of the most memorable ones are Aiko Uemura, the Japanese Mogul Skier, Russian Figure Skating silver medalist, Evgeni Plushenko, Gold Figure Skating Couple, Tesse Virtue & Scott Moir, and last but not least BC Premier, Gordon Campbell

What was one of your most memorable moments of your entire stay?
I would have to say it was throughout my entire hospitality placement. It was such an entirely new and scary experience for me. For the first time in my life I was living all by myself in a foreign country where I knew no one. At first it was really hard but the staff that I worked with soon enough became my family and all my previous fears were completely gone!

If you to choose one program that you would recommend, which one would it be and why?
The internship program because it really helped me to grow on both a personal and professional level. Even though it is not a paid position the benefits that you reap are invaluable and it truly helped me to make lifelong connections with people from all over the world. Every day I was exposed to something new and I cannot even begin to explain how this has made me who I am today

What are some of the skills that you gained from your internship placement?
Good customer service skills, communication skills both intra and inter personal, building trust and numerous web site building skills

What one place/event/festival would you encourage people to check out?
Definitely Stanley Park. This amazing park, less than a mile from downtown Vancouver, is one of the city’s main tourist attractions and offers over 1,000 acres of an evergreen oasis. The park is full of wildlife and sometimes there is just nothing better then just to relax and take in the natural surroundings…it truly made me forget at times that i was still in the city

So what are you planning on doing once you return home to Kobe?
First i am planning on going back to University and to continue on with my environmental studies and I am also working on maintaining my connection with INTERNeX by recruiting Japanese University Students for the Ranchstay program. So it’s not really over yet…

If you have any more questions or queries about our programs please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

New PuB NiGHT Location

So thank you again to all those that managed to make it out to the PuB NiGHT last Monday, since i know everyone was pretty tired from all the Olympic celebrations that had been going on for two weeks straight! Everywhere was pretty quiet and it seemed like the whole city was taking a night off but i guarantee you next week Vancouver will get right back up on its feet. And do you know why? Because it’s St. Patrick’s day next week!! Woohoo get ready for some green beers, rainbows, pots of gold, and leprechauns? haha sorry that’s all that seemed to pop up in my head when i thought of St Patties. So INTERNeX will be having it’s PuB NiGHT as usual this upcoming Monday so why not start the week off right with a little celebration. The Blarney Stone is a fun student hangout and since it is an Irish PuB it will be the perfect spot for us to settle in to.Voted the best Irish PuB in Vancouver for the past two years running it will not disappoint you and the food and drinks are cheap too…can’t get much better then that! This will also be the last PuB NiGHT for one of our long time staffhousers, Anandita. I’m sure you have all met her once before but if you haven’t come down and meet her this Monday and buy her a few drinks and bid her farewell because this little party animal will surely be missed.We will be meeting up at the PuB at 8pm and there will be a new INTERNeX face coming too since we have hired a new PR intern….exciting! So don’t miss out on an opportunity to join us and eat, drink and party like the Irish! For more information on The Blarney Stone check out their website

If you have any more questions or queries about our weekly PuB NiGHT and other events that INTERNeX offers please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

The End of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

Well, 17 days and a million high five’s and endless hugs with strangers later, our games are over.  And WHAT a fitting (and in fact, necessary) end.  On Sunday, during Canada’s Gold Medal Rematch (which we earned the hard way) with the much chagrined American squad, every one of the 27 million Canadian viewers exhaled an uproarious cheer after holding our collective nation’s breath until 7:40 into overtime when Sid the Kid (or rather Sid the MAN) knotted one through the best goalie to date, Ryan Miller’s legs, crushing Star Spangled Dreams and sending the True North into a convulsive patriotic frenzy with a 3-2 overtime victory.…. And giving our generation a moment that EVERYONE will remember… where they were when THAT goal was scored.

Anyone with a heart condition nearly dropped dead on the spot when, with 24 seconds remaining, the Americans tapped in a rebound to send (what was until then) OUR game into overtime.  Much nail biting ensued and many profanities were uttered each time the red white and blues stormed in on an odd-man rush into the Canadian zone until after a mysterious moment of “where is the puck”; oh Sid put it into the net…. erupted into a torrent of flag-waving, fist-pumping, painted-face screaming mayhem.   What a moment.

What followed will go down in history as the greatest outpouring of national pride this country has EVER experienced.  From coast to coast to coast, every street and home was a bedlam of “Oh CANADA!!”, with spontaneous street hockey games breaking out and police officers with red hands from high-fiving every passer-by, to cars stopping in the streets with passengers hopping out and hugging strangers, and bus drivers honking madly waving the maple leaf out the window. WOW… what a moment.

Not only did we cap off the run by winning 14 gold medals (incidentally more than any other nation in a Winter Games to date, and ironically as most countries count medals first by gold’s won… we DID top the podium), but we topped 13 with (not really) arguably the MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL; Ice Hockey ….. okay…. Since it IS our game after all, lets just drop the “ice”……. HOCKEY.

To close this moment of our history, I would like to quote from a Brit blogger on Eurosport:


So, to the world we bid adieu and thank you all for coming, and in true Canadian fashion, we really must say “sorry” for winning 14 medals, but we all look forward the next round of HOCKEY NIGHT IN (guess where) CANADA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!