NEW ‘KIDS’ ON THE BLOG

We have some new members to welcome in our international traveller community! 

I’d like to introduce you to Sara, Marcel, Annina and Pia! 

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Marcel is here to participate in the Work and Travel Program and the three ladies are taking part in our Internship program, to collect some precious experiences for their further life. 

Annina isn’t new to Canada at all, she already spent a beautiful time at a horse ranch in Alberta. So now it’s just about the right time to move from the country side to the city life. I hope you like it just as much. 

Marcel, only arrived yesterday, but apparently a jet-lag isn’t a problem for this one. He’ll start his one year journey here in Vancouver, but who knows where the road will take him after that.  Loaded with all his skiing-equipment, he is ready for the snow to arrive asap. 

Next up Pia. Pia mainly wants to meet great new people, luckily that’s exactly who we are, am I right? I am sure you are going to get to know so many great people at the upcoming events, that has been prepared to fulfill your dreams, of new international friends!

Last but not least – Sara. She is from Italy, but her native language is German. Why is that? I am sure she is happy to tell you at the upcoming PuB-Night! Her plan is to find a second home here in Vancouver and I am sure that’s what a lot of you experienced already. So don’t be shy and tell her about all the tricks of living in this beautiful place. 

 We are happy to welcome you to our group! 

See you tonight! 

Cheers, 

— Nadja

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

What a fun night!

Since this was my first PuB-Night ever, I am so impressed by the amount of people I met last night! Thank you for being so nice and welcoming!

IMG_4148The beaver, located on Granville Street, is definitely a place worth checking out! Even tho we were such a big group the stuff didn’t get tired to run up and down the stairs constantly. The Pub itself is a really nice place, just making you feel the canadian spirit.  A personal recommendation are the nachos! So good. Thanks again for getting me amped on them ;-).
Later we went on to playing some music bingo, apparently that’s the thing to do, when you visit the beaver on a Wednesday night. And I have to admit, this wasn’t the last time of me playing bingo in here. Some of us were even lucky enough to win and got into the joy of having some shots or even a pitcher for free! I think we can agree in having a pretty good night out this week!

After the long Thanksgiving weekend everybody was so happy to be around each other again. And besides me, there were some new faces to be welcomed in the group. Therefore a special welcome to you guys and thanks for coming!

But don’t worry the next Canadian highlight is already set. Since Halloween is such a big thing here, we should het the chance to get into some crazy costumes for our upcoming Halloween Party! Therefore, and because I am personally very excited to get to know you guys a little bit better, we’ll see each other on the weekend and go do some costume shopping together!
And I am promising you, the Halloween-vibe around here is just on another level!

I hope you are having a great day and see you soon.

– Nadja

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

A new face in the PR-Team

Elisabeth

It was no usual start of the week for me. Not a usual weekend either. Last weekend I arrived and this Monday I started a new chapter of my life here in Vancouver.

To be more precise: From this week on until the end of August, I’ll be joining the INTERNeX PR-Team. But first things first: My name’s Elisabeth, I’m 21 years old and coming from Germany – sorry, nothing very exotic.

Back in Germany I am studying International Business Management and this practicum here in Canada is a mandatory part of my studies. It might sound like I am forced to be here – that’s absolutely not true. Ever since little-me discovered that there is more to the wide world than the things just in front of my house, I wanted to come to Canada and see the country of snowcapped mountains, emerald green lakes, and endlessly long rivers and forests. I wanted to come to Vancouver the city of which the quality of live is incomparable and diverse cultures are as normal as the sun rising in the morning. I wanted to escape the daily life from home and jump into more and more adventures.

But at first I didn’t make it that far. The first time I left home for a longer period of time was after I finished school. I spend 8 months in the beautiful city of Bournemouth. That is in the south of the UK – white sand, palm trees and loads of fun. YES – IN THE UK. Then, last summer I moved to western Germany to do a practicum and this winter I returned to the UK. To a small city in the north of England to complete a semester abroad for my economic studies. Not that much fun, tbh. And now I am here in Vancouver.

But still, it is a totally new experience to be here, and I am so excited to contribute to the work of INTERNeX and, of course, have a great time!

I guess I will meet y’all soon – yes, its PuB NiGHT on Wednesday!

– Elisabeth

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

 

Candidate Exposé – Klara Krieg

Klara KriegMy name is Klara, 21 years old and I am from Germany. Currently I am studying Business-Engineering. I decided to go to Canada for the international experience and because I have a fascination for the country.

I found Internex through my university, since they have a collaboration. I am doing an internship here at the moment and I really like it! For my internship you need to be able to work independently and be open-minded as a person.

My first impression I got when I came here is that the airport looked nice but small and that Canada is absolutely beautiful. I still feel that way now. The PR-team organises events and activities and I think they are really good. I love the events and the girls do a very good job organizing everything! So I kind of attended nearly every event in the last 3 months.

What I like most is that Canada is just a beautiful, fascinating country with a lot of different attractions. The nature is stunning, especially Vancouver with the beaches, mountains and city centre!

A difficulty I had to face here is that I am living in Surrey, which is too far away from downtown Vancouver… but that is kinds of the only negative part about my entire stay here. The most memorable things for me are the hikes I did and the great people I’ve met.

Internex was helpful for me to give me a good orientation, good support and the events helped a lot to meet new people and to have a great time in Vancouver. I would definitely recommend it!

This experience definitely inspired me to travel more, but I don’t know where I will travel at the moment. When I get back in Germany the first thing I will do is eating bread and CHEESE! And meeting my boyfriend and family again!

– Klara

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

New PR-Coordinator in Town

My name is Janel and I’m a 20-year-old Dutch student in International Leisure Management at the NHTV in Breda, the Netherlands. meI love organizing events. Which is also why I will be your new PR-Coordinator for the next 7 months. I will support INTERNeX with their PR tasks like organizing Pub Nights, weekly events, monthly events and more! You can also always come to me if you have any questions!

Another hobby of mine is playing or watching soccer games. I also really like watching and playing other sports. Meeting new people, going out with friends and do activities is also one of my main hobbies. So I’m definitely a person that always wants to be busy and do anything.

I also love travelling and exploring new things. In the beginning of this year I went to Venice, Italy, for 5 months. I was studying there at the Ca’ Foscari University. I had a great experience there and I really want to make your experience here in Canada amazing too!
Last Friday I arrived in Vancouver and I already like Canada. The people are really kind, the city is big and the nature is beautiful around here. So hopefully we will see a lot of it during the time we are here!

I am looking forward to see you all tomorrow at the next Pub Night. And I hope that we will have lots of fun together in these coming 7 months!

Hopefully see you soon!!

Janel

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

Client testimonial

Hi there!

My name is Whitney, I am 23 years of age and I am French from Martinique. I decided to come to Canada because I heard a lot of great things about it and my partner was already doing his internship in Vancouver, so I took a plunge and decided to go too. I was studying in the United States (Ohio; as an international student from Rouen) so I thought it could be nice to discover Canada!

I found out about INTERNeX through a French agency that had a partnership with it.

I was participating in a co-op program but it wasn’t what I first wanted. Since the waiting list was too long for the visa I needed, Tim at INTERNeX offered me to apply for a co-op instead. It worked out, so I got the chance to do my internship at EC Vancouver, a private school that offers English classes to foreign students. It was awesome to work there.

At EC, I had to use a lot of my skills, which is exactly what I wanted. I used all the languages I speak; I also had to do teamwork and communicate a lot. I am not really a people person but in that context I must admit that I was, and I genuinely enjoyed it. It really made me more confident and I am going to make sure I use this new skill wisely in the future.

So, since I was working in a school, the tasks depended on the day of the week. At EC Vancouver we greeted new students every Monday. That same day we have to copy their passports and medical insurances, give them a walking tour, and then return their documents along with a schedule and their student IDs.

The weekly tasks changed a lot but I had some recurrent things to do: help students with their inquiries, print and promote activities through in-class announcements, librarian tasks, take pictures on graduation days (Fridays), enter data in our software (personal information, grades, attendance, warnings, etc.).

Both my experiences in Vancouver and at EC Vancouver have been awesome. I was honestly a little nervous because I am a bit shy and naturally anxious but everything turned out fine. My team was the bomb; fun and very dynamic. My supervisor was the best I could have had. I feel very lucky. They are all very unique and I miss them a lot.

As for Vancouver, this is the only thing I want to say: Thank God it’s not going anywhere because I’m coming back to work after my Masters’ degree! The landscapes, the people, the lifestyle. All this is just amazing. I visited a lot of places (museums, Stanley Park, Victoria, restaurants etc.), I went bicycling and spent time with my coworkers in bars. It is the best thing that happened to me so far. Just go for it, you won’t regret it!

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

Client Testimonial

Timo, Germany

Well, there I was. Once again on a plane heading to Canada – Sipping my tomato juice, which is ‘plane’ better at high altitude, while gazing through the 17 1/8″ x 20 5/8″ window. Yet Canada looked like a layer of thick, dense clouds. Seriously though, I couldn’t wait to catch a first glimpse of my beautiful new home, British Columbia.

During my one-year stay in Edmonton during grade 11, I was often told to visit Vancouver. When someone would ask me about my thoughts on the city I would respond ‘If Whyte Avenue is Edmonton’s most exciting street, well then Vancouver must be Canada’s Whyte Avenue’.

I couldn’t wait to see this place!

While still in German High School I started planning my best possible way to spending time in Van City. Luckily it didn’t take me too long until I came across INTERNeX. Their help was crucial for me to say the least! Going through the whole visa/internship application process can get really exhausting. It’s great to have some professional back up, unless you like throwing pity parties due to frequent frustration.

And then…Boom!! While having a barbecue with my friends on July 11th, I received Mr. Wells’ email saying I got an internship placement with an NGO. Without trying to exaggerate and in respect of my friends hating to see me leave again – my excitement spilled over and captured everyone’s feelings.

Now, two months after being on that plane to Canada, I can say that living here In Vancouver has been an incredible experience so far. Through my internship I have networked my way around the NGO sector and I had the chance to attend enormously informative panel discussions and workshops. Above all that, it doesn’t even seem like I have arrived at the tip of the iceberg yet. There’s a lot more to come. And hey, didn’t you always want to wake up and ‘SpongeBob-Style’ walk your way to the office thinking ‘I’m ready! I’m ready!’?Well I do that five times a week. And needless to say, I even find time to explore Vancouver’s stunning surroundings.

Look at my picture from when I went zip lining in Whistler! It’s only one shot of a whole library of great experiences, at great places, with great people, and last bot not least – with InternEx. Thanks guys!

Cheers Timo

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