PR-team Adventures

Since finding some sweet deals for you can be quite hard in Vancouver, we are changing our blogposts a bit. We are still aiming to find great offers for you with the Smart Saver Vancouver, but we will only post the blogposts every other week from now on. To still keep you entertained, we are going to post some of our adventures in Canada. Those can be some fun things we experience in the office, excited trips we have made, or just random but great stories we want to share with you guys! We are starting off with some pranks we pull in the office.

So Becky, our crazy English girl in the office, went on a little trip to Toronto. Although we missed her since it was so quiet without her in the office, we always like to pull a prank when people come back in the office again. Since she is so excited with geo-cashing, a sort of treasure hunt on the streets worldwide, we decided to make a Becky-cashing.
After some good stalking on Facebook, we found great faces of our lovely Becky. We made them smaller, printed them and placed them all over the office. There was a Becky in the microwave, one on the milk and a few between all the pictures on our picture wall. Yeah, good luck with finding those Becky.

For a more warming welcome, we made her a little treasure map. As soon shbeckytreasurehunte set step into the office, the hunt began. It was so funny to see how excited she was! Although she had a treasure map, she was almost too excited to see all her pretty faces and she missed some really obvious ones. But in the end she had all of them; 28 Becky faces.

We still have not removed all the faces yet, so we can still have a laugh! So if you are stopping by the office and take a look at Becky’s desk, it might be possible to see some beautiful Becky faces.

I hope to see you all tonight at PuB NiGHT to even have a bigger laugh, some drinks and chatting of course 🙂

– 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 to do on the weekend?

OK New Year’s Eve is long gone – you thought! But why don’t seize the opportunity and celebrate it a second time? 2014 is the Year of the Horse! For the Chinese culture 🙂

Since Vancouver is home to the biggest Asian community in North America, there are usually multiple Chinese events throughout the year but the Chinese New Year Parade through historic Chinatown is a definite highlight. It has attracted over 50,000 spectators in the past and was host to over 3,000 performers.

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 12pm – 2pm

The 1.5km Chinese New Year Parade route starts at the Millennium Gate at Pender St. and heads east, turning south onto Gore St., then west onto Keefer St.

It’s a great place to be so don’t miss out on this colorful celebration.

 

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

New Year’s Eve Special

New Year and especially New Year’s Eve is the date that marks the ending of the old and the beginning of the new year.

The last day of the year, so New Year’s Eve, is often celebrated with socializing, celebrations, dancing, eating, drinking and watching fireworks. Generally, most of these activities last way past midnight. In Canada, the festivities vary regionally but in general, there are special TV events, parades, sporting events and sometimes public service specials for the day or the late celebration hours. One famous show on New Year’s Eve is ‘Year of the Farce’, featuring sketches about major events and news of the year.

If you are still looking for ideas what to do and where to go, check out this website and you might be lucky…

Other than that the only thing left to say is: Happy new year and start off well into 2014!!!

 

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: Thanksgiving

As already mentioned, October is the month of Canadian Thanksgiving. Right, different than in the U.S., but still a time to be thankful for all our loved ones, for a bit of free time, for all the luxury goods we are able to enjoy and last but not least,: For all the good and maybe unusual food.

This years Thanksgiving is on Monday October 14th, so it will be a long weekend to enjoy the fall weather. Many of you might have the possibility to join you homestay family for this special day. However, a few of you might not be quite as lucky. That is why INTERNeX will offer a Thanksgiving dinner for you!

Downtown Vancouver is The Irish Heather. They have a project called the Long Table Series. And this is what we are going to try out. Either on Sunday the 13th or directly on Monday the 14th of October, we will go there as a group, sit together at a really long table with other people and have a nice dinner. It is a very social spirit, to come together to a meal with strangers and spend a lovely evening socializing. It is the Thanksgiving spirit.

Right now, you still have the possibility to chose, whether you would rather go on Sunday or on Monday. Just message Annika via Facebook and give a vote concerning which day suits you best. According to that, we will make reservations and let you all know. Please think about it, check out the website of the PUB to get an idea, which dinner is more of your taste and get back to me as quick as possible.

 

Best,

Annika

 

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: Winter Wonderland in Toronto!

November is awesome. Why? It’s the time of the year when you are allowed to start getting excited for Christmas or whichever holiday you celebrate! You know when all the festive lights, snow and red Starbucks cups appear? Yes, this is it!

Winter in Toronto is very cold, but the holiday festivities that the city puts on make it such an exciting time and place to be.  The other good news is that it’s only November and the average temperate is about 7 degrees which is still nice enough for doing outdoor fall activities!

In downtown Toronto, Yonge Street is where all the winter activities can be seen! Looking for beautiful holiday lights? There will be a 40-foot sculptural light tree, 3D polar bears, reindeers and more! As well, the community has planned many events to celebrate the holiday season right in the heart of Toronto such as IlluminiteWindow WonderlandKidzfest, Buskertainment and Ice, Wine & Dine.

Today I will introduce you to the Winter Wonderland event that is going on until the end of this month! From November 1st you may have noticed that the window displays of about 30 businesses down Yonge Street have been a little more decorated than usual! It is because these businesses are competing with each other to create the most creative or eye-catching holiday windows.

Until the November 28th, you can vote for whichever window is your favorite at the website here! Best of all, this is completely FREE!

So grab your winter coats, walking boots and take a walk down this busy street or check out the other events going on!

Happy voting! The winner will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on November 28th!

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

The holidays are approaching and I was doing my present shopping last weekend. I went to the Pacific Centre and the Mall was packed. The Pacific Centre as well as many other parts of Vancouver Downtown (in the picture you can see Gastown) are decorated for the holidays. Lots of shops have special offers and it is hard to pick and choose what to get.

Well this was my weekend, not very exciting and as always way to short 🙂

I am sure Lydia had a much more interesting weekend as myself. She went on Friday morning to a long weekend trip and will be back in the office tomorrow. I am sure she will post something about her trip later this week and I can not wait to see the pictures she made.

I wish everyone a good start into another week and please let us know how your weekend was. Just leave a comment on below this Blog Post or post a comment on our Facebook Page.

Cheers

Simon

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

Candidate Expose-Corinne

So when i began this mission of interviewing candidate’s in order to give you all a glimpse into our programs possibilities, one name seemed to pop up in every one of our staff meetings. Martina told me that she had the perfect candidate for me…and that once i was done talking to this person i myself would want to participate in our Ranchstay program. And i was certainly not disappointed! Corinne signed up for the Ranchstay program TWICE! Once in Spring 2007 and again from Spring to Fall 2009. She is still constantly in touch with her farm families and is actually returning to Canada AGAIN this year because she has found a job on a farm. I don’t want to tell you anymore so you will just have to read on and see for yourself…

What is your name?
Corinne

Where are you originally from?
Glattbrugg, Switzerland.

What made you want to come to Canada in the first place?
Well i had been on a few holidays throughout Canada in the past and i just believed that the next step for me would be to try and find some way that i could shift from being a tourist in Canada to a resident. The experiences between these two are quite different. In order for me to achieve this i went through an agency back home known as Canada Life and they set me up with INTERNeX. Due to the fact that my English was not exactly up to par i attended a language school (known as IH) for the first 4 weeks of my stay and then from there i went to a farm and began the Ranchstay portion of my experience.

Which program did you participate in? and why?
As mentioned previously i participated in the Ranchstay program and the reason i chose this route rather then the other two is because ever since i can remember i have loved horses. Since i was 12 years old i have been an avid rider and it has been a childhood dream of mine to stay and work on a horse farm so this was the perfect opportunity for me. The reason why i chose to participate for a second time was 1) because i had such a positive and amazing experience the first time and 2) i felt that there was more to learn. So the second time around i started to really work on my education and i learnt a brand way to train horses and also managed to take my riding skills to the next level.

What kind of skills/experiences (specifically) did you  acquire due to your participation in our Ranchstay program?
Well one accomplishment that i am truly proud of is the Chris Irwin Bronze Certification that i worked hard for. This program is designed to establish competency guidelines for horse training, thereby bringing consistent results to all breeds and all disciplines. Chris Irwin’s non-resistance techniques with horses are known and respected throughout North America and i am actually the first certified trainer in Switzerland! I attended courses for acupressure and massage tailored for horses in Switzerland so I was able to help a mare after giving birth by using acupressure and so  i have become a truly skilled horse lady lol.

What kind of tasks did you do on a daily basis? both times?
Well, the first time i went i fed and gave water to the horses, cleaned the riding equipment, helped fix fences, worked with the horses from the ground and of course rode them. The second time i was able to take on more responsibilities since i had previous experience. Therefore, i helped to train young horses from the ground and in the saddle.

Would you recommend others to do the Ranchstay program?
Of course! This was a great experience for me and i am positive it will be for everyone else too who chooses to be a part of it. It really helped me to grow not only as a rider but also a person. I was pushed to my own personal limits but each and every time i came across a hurdle i was always able to overcome it. My English level was adequate when i first came to Vancouver but now i am able to hold a conversation quite easily.