Alina’s First Pub Night

My very first Pub Night with the INTERNeX family!

Yesterday was my first time at Pub Night and I still can’t believe how many of you INTERNeXers were there. First of all, I want to thank you for such a warm welcome! Obviously I didn’t get the chance to talk to everyone, but I’m pretty sure I will get to know all of you shortly and I can’t wait! When I tried to take a group picture, I realized I had to take two, from each end of the table, because I couldn’t get everyone into one. 😀

So last night we went to the Beaver. It’s a really nice Pub on Granville Street, which I was told is THE street downtown to go out. And actually I was pretty impressed by how much was going on there on a Wednesday night, because where I come from it’s not common that a street is still so crowded late on a weekday. We started our evening with some food and drinks and because we became more and more people over time the waitresses had to add another table again and again.

Later at night we played bingo. I was really excited because it was a music bingo and I haven’t played it before and some of you couldn’t even wait for it to start. It was so much fun even though I didn’t even know most of the titles of the songs but others did and then we just helped each other. Great team work guys! Three of us even won a price. They got a pitcher and a shot for free. Lucky you! I definitely want to come back to the Beaver because I really want to win too. 🙂

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After that a part of the group continued their night and went somewhere else afterwards, but others just headed home since they had to get up early this morning.
So a couple of us could take the same skytrain back home and this ride was a little adventure for itself. We were standing there and all of a sudden the train made an emergency stop. It was actually fun because we fell onto each other kind of like dominos. And even the door opened a little, but fortunately nothing happened and we just stopped for about a minute and then we could continue our ride. We just didn’t expect it at all. 😀
All in all I had a really fun night and I’m even more looking forward to the other Pub Nights and of course our trips on the weekends.
Furthermore, I can’t wait to get to know all of you more and spend lots of time with you guys!

So have a great day and see you soon!

Cheers,

– Alina

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

 

Year Review – Part 4

If you are reading this – congratulation you made it to the end :D! Joking, of course.
As wintertime comes closer, everyone is getting quieter and humans and nature tend to calm down a bit – well not us, that’s for sure. Indeed, the past months have been very exciting, especially the Wednesdays have been everything but “calming”. But let’s start at the very beginning. EscapeRoom1.jpg
Once again, the INTERNeX crew went to an Escape Room Game this time with a different team and different challenges, but with the same success? Well, all I can say is, that there are a few faces on that group picture I never got to meet… alright, I am just trying to be funny here okay, don’t be too hard on me 😉 (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/what-to-do-on-the-weekend-170/).
After a fantastic thanksgiving dinner and a fun time together at the office, a new face joined the group. Thanksgiving1.jpgAnd I am very glad to be part of this amazing group, thank you guys, ever since I arrived here I had a fantastic time (https://internexcanada.
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MY very first event to attend was the Haunted House, well I thought this was super exciting and I had a fantastic time. Turns out that I am a lot jumpier than I wanted to admit (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/how-was-your-weekend-113/).
And because it was that time of the year the upcoming weekend just happened to stay in the same theme, a little less scary this time.Halloween3.jpg The INTERNeX Halloween Party took part at the Blarney Stone. Great costumes, music and of course some drinks made it a fantastic night once again (https://internexcanada.
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The next trip happened to be very closed to the city and still it felt like taking a break from the busy life in downtown. Granville2.jpgWe took the ferry to Granville Island and had some amazing food and some deep talk over a beautiful sunset watching Vancouver’s Skyline (https://internexcanada.
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As the weather was surprisingly nice, we decided to go on a little hike once more before the cold and rainy winter days would finally hit us. And as Lynn Canyon Park combines so many highlights and natural beauties, this has been a very good choice. LynnCanyon1.jpg
Some of us (just one wild Swedish) decided to climb some rocks to conquer the wild and raging river. Well to be fair, this is a bit exaggerated, but it got quite challenging and everybody was happy to have him on the safe side of the river again … dry. Still you are a brave man, I am not going to take this from you :-D! (https://internexcanada.
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As the Christmas season had just began, we decided to go on a little – very European adventure. We went on the German Christmas Market here in Vancouver. And it was beautiful.ChristmasMarket1.jpg But since the Glühwein just happened to be $9 each, we had to come up with a different plan eventually. Yes $9! And no, you did not get a whole bottle for it, just a single cup!  Long story short, we went to the Yale Saloon and changed from mulled wine back to our weekly classics (that sounds a lot worse than it actually is … I promise :D). It turned out to be a wild and interesting night after all (https://internexcanada.
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As the December started, we got to do a “Canadian Classic”, as I like to call it. We got to see the hockey game of Canucks vs. Oilers. Independently from the final result, it has been a good game … as far as me as layperson could judge (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/how-was-your-weekend-118/).
And then we got to welcome another addition to the PR-Team. Therefore, thank you to our one and only Australian ;-). You did a great job and we miss you incredibly! (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/newest-addition-to-the-pr-team-2/). Sabrina.png
The following weekend we went ice-skating, for the sake of the winter feeling. And we actually discovered big talents within the group. Guess what it wasn’t me… proof is to be found in our Instagram highlights (internexcanada) :D. Jenny and Sophie actually delivered quite a show and took their time to teach us some of the basics, like moving forward for example …. (https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2019/12/09/how-was-your-weekend-119/).  IceSkating2.jpgAnd because snow isn’t really a thing in Australia (surprising I know, but I desperately needed an opening line here) we actually we actually someone’s dream come true to see snow again. Equipped with skies and snowboards we spent a beautiful time up on Grouse Mountain (https://internexcanada.
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).

Some of us (another Swedish guy), were unstoppable and actually went skiing and snowboarding (even tho time wasn’t split equally 😀 >> sorry for those Inside jokes, but I had to mention this). Skiing1.jpg
Finally, our Christmas Party was the perfect way of ending this incredible year. Thank you so much for being part of it.
I hope you enjoyed our little journey through time. You are also more than welcome to check out our Instagram page, where you will find all the pictures of this journey summarized in our highlight (internexcanada).

Anyways, I cannot wait to start 2020 together with you.

See you very soon!

–Nadja xx

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 Night Review

Wow, wow, wow. You guys are crazy! But I love it! It was my very first PuB Night and I was definatly not expecting the turn up we had. I was lovely meeting so many new faces and it makes me love Vancouver so much more knowing I get to spend my Wednesday nights with you!

IMG_5234.jpegThis PuB-Night started off to be a bit more classy than the usual PuB-Nights are. We went to the Old Spaghetti Factory, which is a restaurant and not a PuB, but you know … sometimes we do crazy stuff and break the rules ;-D!

Spread across two full tables we enjoyed a 3 course meal; entree, main and dessert along with some sneaky cocktails to wash it all down. The service was brilliant and were always asking if we needed more drinks (which is always necessary for PuB Night XD) The drinks were surprisingly cheap as we had Long Island ice tea on special and yummy banana mamas for only $6.

There was many discussion around the table about how late we were going to party till tonight as last Wednesday was quite late.

IMG_5252.jpgTime didn’t seem an issue as the night went on and we moved to The Cambie . It’s difficult to go home when the group vibes are too good. Beer Pong is always a great way to bring the group together and have a tournament. We were clearly having too much fun as other people around the bar wanted a turn and soon became friends with strangers. It was the last game, the finale and it was INTERNeX V.s Australians, sadly, they won but they gave the winning money to INTERNeX who turned the money into …… you guessed it, FIREBALL SHOTS. We thank those random Australians for their good sports.

The Cambie wasn’t the last stop, as the night went on we moved the party to Roxy where we shared more drinks and danced the night away. Overall it was a great first PuB Night and we thank those who came along to join the fun.

It was my first PuB Night and I couldn’t have summed it up any better. I love spending time with my INTERNeX group and you all made me feel so welcomed! I will be looking forward to many more crazy nights with you!

– Sabrina x

International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Hospitality Program

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” is what an author named Neale Donald Walsch once said.
It’s Amiel and I’m back once again! The quote above describes one of the core reasons why I began my practicum at INTERNeX. Sticking with what you know is safe and comfortable just as the name suggests. But it also leaves you with an extremely narrow path to travel in the journey of life. Try out new things, go to a different country and live there for a few months! Who knows? You might find out something profound about yourself.

Today we’re continuing with INTERNeX’ programs and will take a look at the Hospitality Program.
The process of this package is bit different from the Practicum Program I wrote about last week.

Just like with a practicum, it all begins with a conversation about what your personal goals are. Do you want to know how it is to live and work in another country? Improve your language skills? Learn about the service industry in other parts of the world? Or just meet people from different nationalities? The Hospitality Program should then peak your interest!By the way, this time you actually do get paid. You could say it’s similar to doing work & travel, but not quite. And here’s why: INTERNeX takes care of everything for you! All you have to do is show up at your chosen destination and dazzle everyone at the job interview the staff helped prepare. This still sounds like a lot of pressure right? But you needn’t be so worried. INTERNeX supports you at every single step you take in order to make you fully prepared, like with giving advice on useful interview techniques for example. Even in the off-chance that you won’t be taken in by the company on your first try, there will be more opportunities lined up for you.

The biggest difference between common work & travel programs and the Hospitality Program is the safety INTERNeX provides. With them you will be able to completely focus on what you want to achieve and enjoy the life of a world traveler! Also, after you start working the staff will stay in contact with you to make sure that you’re satisfied with your experience.
Hospitality offers a great opportunity to travel and gain important life skills you won’t be able to learn so easily elsewhere.
If you want more detailed information on the INTERNeX Programs check out www.internexworld.com

For the upcoming week I’ll be writing about the 3rd main program: Ranch Stay.

Buenos noches!

 

INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator

work + live + learn

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INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Advantages of Unpaid Internships


This is Amiel, back again for more. I found another quote I quite like: “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” – by Anonymous
I can say with confidence that you’ll definitely miss out if you never take a step out of the place you grew up in.
Did you miss my last post about the INTERNeX Practicum Program? No worries! Here’s the link:
INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Practicum Program

Today’s topic: Advantages of unpaid internships.

So, this is what usually happens when you do a paid internship. In the company’s that you’re placed in mind you are being paid by them to do some work. Obviously, it’s a standard give-and-take relationship with a focus on what you can do for them which shouldn’t be the purpose of your placement.
Let’s say you’re a university/college/polytechnic student or just fresh out of high school. You either have no job related skills or just began acquiring them. However, you signed up for the internship to actually gain practical experience and learn about the work environment you’re placed in. Now, what is the company to do? They’re already paying you but you have hardly anything to give in return. The solution? You get to make coffee, go out on errand runs or stand at the copy machine, just to keep you busy. The bad thing about it is that you also feel obligated and can’t really complain since you’re being paid after all.

Unpaid internships aka practicums are a little different. You’re still in a give-and-take relationship after the company accepts you. But this time the company will feel obligated to give you something else in return since they are not already paying you. Instead, they’ll actually let you learn how to do some real work and have you participate in activities that might even impact the company. One of the reasons for this, is that they just don’t want to look bad by making you do boring day to day tasks for free.

It’s a “win-win” situation! Additionally, you have more control over the content of your practicum and freedom to speak up if you don’t like how your placement is going, seeing that the company doesn’t have the leverage in form of a paycheck over you.

The top priority for INTERNeX is to give you the best possible placement opportunity that also conforms to your personal goals and university requirements.

In the end, you’ll be much happier with the experiences you gained through an unpaid placement and the over 10,000 students INTERNeX has assisted over the past 15 years can attest to that.
A little doubtful? Check out the “My INTERNeX Experience” category on our Blog and videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/internexcanada/videos

Next week will be a little information on INTERNeX’ Hospitality Program.
Cheers!

 

INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator
work + live + learn

pr@internexcanada.com – Email
www.internexworld.com – Web
www.internexcanada.com – Blog
www.facebook.com/INTERNeX – Facebook
www.youtube.com/user/internexcanada – YouTube
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INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Practicum Program

Amiel here again!
Missed my first post about INTERNeX? Check it out: INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass – Intro

The other day I found this quote by David Mitchell who wrote Cloud Atlas (some of you might have seen the movie) “travel far enough, you meet yourself”. I think this statement holds a lot of truth. When you travel you leave behind your old environment to step into a new one to broaden your horizons. You accumulate experiences you never could have if you had stayed at home.What’s on the menu today? Earlier this week I gave you an introduction of INTERNeX and what they’re all about. This time we’ll be checking out one of the INTERNeX programs you can sign up for: the Practicum Program.

What is it and how does it work?

First of all, most placements INTERNeX facilitates in and outside of Canada are unpaid. Does that seem shocking to you? Well, there is a deeper meaning to it. If you want to know what it is check out the Blog next week, when I’ll have a post about the differences between paid and unpaid internships.

INTERNeX is able to facilitate placements in almost any industry. So, it pretty much comes down to what you want to do and learn, be it for your post-secondary education or voluntary/personal reasons. That’s because a practicum is supposed to help you gain practical experience in the industry of your placement and ideally assist you in finding an environment you could see yourself working in in the future.
Before you can begin your journey though, there are several steps you’ll have to take first. The early stages are for discussing what your goals are and what you want to achieve. After which, you will be introduced to potential organizations that also demonstrate interest in you. Next, is the completion of the visa process and only once INTERNeX is sure you’re all set will you take off on your adventure.

The difference in how INTERNeX works compared to other international exchange agencies is the close contact they have with their candidates by accompanying and supporting them every step of the way. By doing it like this they help taking away a lot of that anxiousness you feel when you take your first jump into a different world.

With this we’ve reached the end for today but the next blog post is not so far off explaining the advantages of an unpaid internship over a paid one.

Cheers!


INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator

work + live + learn

pr@internexcanada.com – Email
www.internexworld.com – Web
www.internexcanada.com – Blog
www.facebook.com/INTERNeX – Facebook
www.youtube.com/user/internexcanada – YouTube
www.twitter.com/INTERNeX_Canada – Twitter
www.instagram.com/internex_canada – Instagram
www.flickr.com/photos/internex – Flickr

INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Intro

My name is Amiel and I’m taking part in INTERNeX’ Practicum Program as a practicum student at INTERNeX. Wow, that almost sounded like a tongue twister! 😀the new guy

Alright, why am I here writing this blogpost and introducing myself? What I want to do today is tell you a little about INTERNeX from my perspective with the topics of: Who are they? And what do they do?

First, something about myself. I’m a German university student, in my final year before completing my Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration. Here in Vancouver, I’m currently about half way through my 4 month practicum working as a PR Coordinator on the one side but also doing Social Media Marketing on the other. I’ve already learned so much and had extremely fun experiences! Time really flies and there’s always much too little of it.

Now, who is INTERNeX?
The company was founded by Timothy Wells in 1998. In a nutshell, it’s an organization that gives you the opportunity to explore the world by helping you live and work in a foreign country. However, I believe it is so much more. INTERNeX is a global community of people eager to meet and learn about new places, people and their cultures around the world. Besides providing their services to the candidates they integrate all of them in weekly and monthly social activities, making it feel like you’re hanging out with a bunch of friends. It’s really incredible and I haven’t met or even heard of any other organization that does the same for its participants.

So, what exactly does INTERNeX do?
There are three main programs: Ranch Stay, Hospitality and the Practicum Program. They also give you the possibility to take part in a Volunteering Program through Fronteering (check out their website at: www.fronteering.com). INTERNeX has a close and lifelong relationship with them. In other words a partnership.
Through the help of these programs participants who want to gain practical experience are able to receive placements well-suited to their needs. The mission is to promote personal success and assist the candidates in achieving their goals while nurturing cultural understanding in this multi-cultural community.

Well, that was all for today! This week was only an introduction into the world of INTERNeX. In case you want to learn more, check out my blogposts over the upcoming weeks in which I’ll be going into more detail about the programs INTERNeX provides OR just visit the homepage at: www.internexworld.com

 
Cheers!

INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator
work + live + learn

pr@internexcanada.com – Email
www.internexworld.com – Web
www.internexcanada.com – Blog
www.facebook.com/INTERNeX – Facebook
www.youtube.com/user/internexcanada – YouTube
www.twitter.com/INTERNeX_Canada – Twitter
www.instagram.com/internex_canada – Instagram
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