INTERNeX Canada: The secret of the Canadian Happiness

A recently studio says that Canada is the 6th happiest country in the world (the first one is Denmark, if you feel curious). The study, supported by the United Nations, contemplates many factors like life expectancy, GDP per capita, social support, generosity of fellow citizens, state of the economy, perceptions of corruption and freedom to make life choices.

This result doesn’t surprise me at all. Everybody has a smile here, everybody is polite and nice. Even the police.

I’m here for almost 5 months and I still feel surprised about the kindness of the people. Is very common that somebody come to you in the middle of the street only to say you: Hey! I really love your tights! And the other day I found the following notice in a Liquor Store:

“We are obligated to ask for two pieces of ID to all the people under 30. So don’t be angry with the employees if they ask you for your documents, it’s a compliment”.

After a while, is logical to realize that if they are so nice, is because they feel happy.

So, I decided to make a sociological investigation about the factors that explain why the Canadians are so happy.

– Obviously, one of the main reasons is that Canada is a rich country. They have a good economy, it’s easy to get a job and there are a lot of resources for a small population.

– The social cover is pretty good here, other reason to feel safe. Have universal health care and public education is one of the foundations of a happy society. This is one the biggest differences when you compare Canada with USA.

– Equality and tolerance. It’s also a country where the differences between the social classes are not very big, and other cultures are usually welcomed. I repeat, in general, it’s impossible to extend one opinion over a whole country. There are stupid people everywhere.

So up to now, we can find these factors in others countries with a good position into the ranking. But, what factors are exclusively Canadians, what makes Canada so especial, what is impossible to find in other place?

– The amazing nature. With all this beautiful landscapes around you is impossible to feel bad. And practicing outdoor activities, be in contact with the nature, is very easy even if you live in a big city.

– Hippie culture heritage: maybe is my impression, but I think that some concepts of the 60’s hippie culture are still present in the global values of the Canadian society. Apart of be nice and take care of the environment, there are other things. For example, be easy-going is almost a must here, at least into the young community. And is very common to hear expressions like “good o bad vibrations” or “harmony” and they have a strong sense about being a community.

– Avoid the critics or negatives comments are another very common features inside the Canadian society. This behavior sometimes drives the Europeans crazy, because is impossible to know if they really think that you are so amazing or they really hate you.

– Freedom: in my opinion the social codes are more relaxed here. For example, the other day I went to a hospital and my nurse was completely full of tattoos and she had green hair, which is completely impossible to find is Spain.

Anyway, this is only a personal opinion. If you want, you can share with us you more shocking experiences with the Canadian way of life.

Take care!

Clara.

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: Picture of the week

Hey guys !! How is your weekend going?? I hope you all are re doing pretty well !!

Our picture of the week is….Clara’s Birthday !!  We took this picture on Tuesday 21st, when Clara turned 22 !! She was really happy when  she got some presents. We also ate a wonderful fruit cake…It was soooo delicious !!

In the picture you can see she looks really cute and happy with her Happy Bday’s balloon, her flowers and the little crown in her head..hahaha…Too funny !! She was a little princess !! What do you think ??

Anyway, I hope you are right now with us watching the Champions League Final at Blarney Stone…but anyway, I just remind you that tomorrow we’re going to the Grouse Mountains. Check out the event here.

I wish you have a wonderful weekend guys !

Best,

Mercedes

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 “Happy Mother’s Day”

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood all around the globe. Though is celebrated on different dates depending on the country, it’s for sure and special date for all of us!

Happy-Mother-Day-2012

In Canada, is one of the most popular festivals after Christmas and Valentine’s Day and is celebrated in the second Sunday of May (like most of the several countries around the world which celebrate this festivity). So this year, it’ll be celebrated the 12th of May!

In Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Lithuania, Hungary and Rumania for example, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May, instead of the second one.

Although we don’t celebrate it exactly the same day (in many other countries is celebrated in an entirely different time of the year), the spirit is the same: we pay tribute to our mothers and thank them for their amazing constant support, unconditional love and their devotion.

Normally, cards and flowers are the most common gifts, but I think we should be creative and show our “personal” character on them.

For example, what about a small trip? Or a therapeutic massage? Sounds great eh? Of course it does, and I know our mothers will appreciate that!

Sometimes, I know mothers just want them us to be happy and just  a few words are more than enough. The most important issue is to demonstrate our love and support, like they do every time with us!

For all the world’s mothers: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY !!

Best,

Mercedes

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

I wasn’t sure about what to write today, but I thought the best things to write about are the things that you know about. Let’s get personal, shall we?

The last two weeks have been slightly tough for me; going through a breakup is never easy.  This has led me to be on a mission to make myself feel happier and not dwell on the sadness or the past. Everyone has those days where they feel a bit down, but what can we do to make ourselves feel better?

So I came up with 3 ways that anyone can feel better instantly.  This has a twist: it’s the Fall (Autumn) edition.

1. Enjoy the festivities!

Fall is the best time to go out and enjoy all the holidays that are coming up in Vancouver. You can go to the Vandusen Botanical Garden to watch the leaves of maple trees change color, go to a corn maze and pumpkin picking in Abbortsford, or visit the farm animals at Maplewood Farm. (Or, you can just be crazy like me and my friends and go to Wreck Beach in the middle of the night and scream your hearts out.) If you are out doing things that are fun, you will feel better, trust me.  Check out more suggestions here.

2. Treat yourself!

I always feel really good when I take that extra step in doing something I love. In the Fall, I love the Starbucks drinks, whether it is the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Salted Caramel Mocha, or an apple cider. They are quite pricey and can add up easily, but I think it’s perfectly acceptable to treat yourself on those days when you feel you deserve it more than normal! (The little heart the barista drew me made me smile. Its the little things you see?)

3. Be Thankful!

For Canadians, Thanksgiving Holiday is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October.  First thing you can be happy about is that you get a day off from work as it’s a statutory holiday. (Hurray!) Secondly, it’s a weekend where Canadians gather to spend time with their friends or family and have huge turkey meals. So join us at our INTERNeX Thanksgiving Dinner. Again, what can be better than eating and more eating? Most importantly, people gather to share what they are thankful for in the past year. I think that sometimes we get so stuck in our troubles that we fail to see the blessings we are given. I know I am guilty of this.

Well, if you made it all the way to the end of this lengthy post, then I congratulate you 🙂 Even if you aren’t sad, these are things that anyone can do. I hope that you have an amazing last weekend of September, and let me know if you try out any of these suggestions okay?

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: How was your weekend?

Hello boys and girls,

I’m sure you love Mondays just as much as I do 😉 but hey, there’s another sunny week ahead of us – let’s be happy (or at least pretend we were)!! As the weather still allows us to go out and explore the city and its surroundings, I suppose you hit the outdoors on Saturday and chilled at home on Sunday. Well, that’s what I did at least.

My destination for Saturday was beautiful Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver. Last time rather cold and windy in February 2011, this year it finally got to show off all of its awesomeness! Lush and green forests, stunning waterfalls, trembling knees on the suspension bridge and hot cliff jumpers at 30 Foot Pool were my absolute highlights this weekend. I know that some of you guys took on the challenge and hiked up to the summit of Grouse Mountain! Good job!! To all the ones new to the city: This is a must-do for everyone who claims to be a real Vancouverite.

I want to share with you a little picture I took on Saturday. Guess what, I found Waldo!! Super stoked about the realization, the picture turned out a bit blurry – sorry about that. So if you want to find him too, go out and do it! You should know where to go now. 🙂

I’ll see you soon either at the Wakeboarding event on Wednesday or at the PuB & CLuB NiGHT on Friday. Stay tuned for details! The weekend is coming soon, I promise.

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: Expose of the week

This week’s expose of the week is about our two new IT interns from the Netherlands. Janus and Rick will be working closely with Simon, for the next 4 months, on creating new websites and web designs for INTERNeX. Janus and Rick are both 20 years old and study ICT in Eindhoven. This week I had a bit of a chat with both of them about their experience so far at INTERNeX and of Vancouver.

Why INTERNeX and why in Vancouver?

Janus: I really like Canada, but I don’t speak French so Vancouver seemed like the ideal place to be. I had originally sent out a couple of emails to companies in Vancouver asking them for any openings; one of them was INTERNeX and they were the only ones that sent me a response.

Rick: I’ve always wanted to come to this part of the world and when Janus told me about the option to come work for INTERNeX in Vancouver I was very interested.

How did you find out about INTERNeX?

Janus: I was looking for an internship and I found an email linked to INTERNeX on a website, so I decided to send them an email.

Rick: I heard about it through Janus. The university insisted that Janus take an extra person with him if he wanted to take part in this internship due to safety reasons and he chose to ask me to come along with him.

Are you happy with your choice to work for INTERNeX? Why?

Janus: Yes, very happy. We are working on a very cool project at the moment and it’s a challenge at the same time.

Rick: Yes, I really like the atmosphere here. It’s less formal than I am used to, but it’s a very cool project.

What have you seen in Vancouver already?

Janus: We’ve been sightseeing around Vancouver together and we’ve gone to see Stanley Park and Lighthouse Park. We’ve also seen a lot of Downtown already and the waterfront airport.

What is your first impression of Vancouver?

Janus: My first impression of Vancouver is that it’s a very cool place. I really like Downtown, but once you start to enter the suburbs I’m not as impressed; Downtown is definitely a lot nicer from my perspective.

Rick: The people here are so friendly; the nature is beautiful and abundant, with the beautiful mountains surrounding the city. I really like it.

How did you find a place to stay/are you happy with what you have?

Janus: I found a place to stay on Craigslist. I actually experienced some problems when I arrived because the place I had moved into had a cat and I’m very allergic to cats so I had to find a new place as soon as possible. I found an alternative place through Rick’s landlord and I am very happy with this one.

Rick: I found a place through www.easyroomate.com . Unfortunately I’m not too happy with the place I’m living at right now because there are 7 people living there so it gets very noisy and I have trouble sleeping. It’s also quite expensive. I hope to find a new place to live by the end of the month.

Any upcoming plans, with INTERNeX, for in and around Vancouver?

Janus: No not yet, but I hope to take part in the trips that the PR team organize so that I can see more of Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia. Additionally, Rick and I were thinking of going up Grouse Mountain this weekend.

Rick: I’m hoping to attend the Seattle trip that the PR team are organizing and of course I will be joining Janus on our trip to Grouse Mountain.

Will you be attending the weekly pub nights that the PR team organize?

Janus: I won’t be attending them very often, maybe once or twice.

Rick: I am looking forward to attending another great pub night tonight.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Janus: Yes, definitely. They are very friendly; they arrange everything for you and help you out a lot if you’re looking for a great experience in either Vancouver, Toronto or Auckland.

Rick: Yes. Pretty much for the same reasons that Janus has mentioned. It’s a very safe way to organize an internship in a new and unfamiliar place; there’s usually not a lot that can go wrong with this method.

Thank you Janus and Rick for your time! The INTERNeX team wish you all the best and hope you enjoy this amazing experience!

Cheers,

The 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

INTERNeX PuB NiGHT

Happy midweek guys! So I just wanted to take the time to rave about our most recent PuB NiGHT this past Monday. We had around 15-20 people show up and I’m sure for those of you who were there, you know how happy this made me! (You can see my grin from all the way in the back of the picture)

I got a lot of great feedback from everybody and it really reassured me that all the hard work that we have put into our social networking tools has truly paid off. I had such a fun time speaking to each and every one of you and hearing all about the crazy INTERNeX Staffhouse party, so I really have to attend the next one. Check out our flicker page to see some of the hilarious pictures they took at their Hippie House Party.

So just you all know we have one more week at Malone’s Bar & Grill and then we will be packing up and moving to a new location for three weeks. I have a small list of possible places but if anyone has any ideas please let me know by email or at the next PuB NiGHT. Gotta run now and get back to work, ciao!