New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

And that’s definitely great news.
Welcome to a new blogpost and a really warm welcome to our three new candidates, from Germany, the Netherlands and from Wales. It’s really great to have you here with us!! 🙂

Ladies first, so let’s start with Lena. I just had an amazing long talk with her today where she told me many interesting things about herself. Lena is 23 years old from a small town close to Hamburg. She already finished her apprenticeship in trade forwarding a few years ago and was able to gain work experiences in this field of work. Since she quit her last job and has some free time until she will start her new job at the end of October she seized the opportunity to spend her time in beautiful Canada. The moment Canada opened the border she decided to travel as soon as possible – and that’s what she did 🙂
With INTERNeX she’s participating in the volunteering program in the area of ecological conservation for 2 weeks. After doing some great work for the Canadian natural environment she’s planning a trip to Vancouver Island. She already rented a car for this week – bold AND independent 😉 She wanted to see Vancouver Island especially Victoria and Tofino since school but what’s travelling without saving money first?
For this time in Canada she worked four years and is now finally able to travel on her own independently while gaining some experience and improving her language skills abroad. She always wanted to get to know the Canadian lifestyle, the culture as well as the experience travelling alone and doing things she never ever did before. Sounds like a plan!!!

The next newcomer is Nico, 22 years old from the Netherlands; or actually also Germany but since he’s studying at Fontys, Venlo and lives in the Netherlands we’ll leave it at that. As a marketing management student he’s excited to gain experiences while doing a placement in his field of study. This placement is part of his studies which I think is a great opportunity to live abroad while studying. He came to Canada on a friends recommendation – and he actually has the advantage of having friends from Germany here in Vancouver. Besides that, he also made the decision for Canada because he wanted to explore the mentality, the nature and the Canadian culture. Since he already fell in love with this city, after his 4 months long placement he’s planning to stay longer to explore the country. Isn’t that great?
With this experience he aims to develop personally and professionally which might be important for his future. And there are definitely some more places on his bucket list – how could it be otherwise; the Rocky Mountains as well as Vancouver Island. As you can see these places are very popular and definitely worth a visit 😉

To complete these three; Welcome Tom from Wales.

He’s 21 years old and just finished his bachelors in media and communication at Cardiff university. Which means the second marketing specialist in our round 😉 He’s doing his placement in the same organization as Nico which I think is pretty cool since these guys can work together. Originally his plan was to stay abroad last year but because of the pandemic he also had to postpone. He chose Canada for multiple reasons; firstly the fact that most of Canada is English speaking made the communication for him as a native speaker so much easier. He’s also really excited to finally be in the country he wanted to travel to for such a long time and getting a first insight into Canadian daily life. For him it’s definitely a great chance to add some new experiences to his CV while learning so much from the people he’s working with. Additionally, Tom told me that his goal is to improve his confidence as well as living independently. But Vancouver isn’t the only place he’s going to visit. He’s planning on going to Banff, Whistler and if he get the chance to do a Rocky Mountains trip. There’s more… his bucket list also says; Toronto after his time in Vancouver. Sounds like a perfect trip.

I hope all of you guys have an amazing time in Vancouver 🙂


– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2

Client Testimonial

Ellen, Denmark

After what felt like a thousand years of school, I was in desperate need of a break. I needed to experience something new and exciting. I’ve always wanted to travel; the only question was where to? I wanted to have the opportunity to use and expand my English vocabulary as well as something outside of Europe (because I’ve never been before). Several months back I heard about Internex through another travel organization called ‘Travel ALOTT’. It was recommended to me by acquaintances, who had had wonderful experiences with both agencies before. One of the destinations that were offered was Vancouver. I was immediately smitten by the idea of going to a place as beautiful as Vancouver along with tons of things to do. And I must say, I have not regretted my decision since.

When I arrived in Vancouver Internex was there from the beginning. I think it was on my third day here that I joined the orientation meeting at the Internex office. Everyone was very welcoming, friendly and helpful. My stay in Vancouver involved getting a job, so finding one was essential from the get go. No sooner than the same day of the orientation meeting I had my first (and only) job interview. So far my stay has consisted of a lot of work, but I’ve also had time to experience Vancouver first hand. Trips to Stanley Park, through areas like Chinatown, Gastown as well as shopping on Robson. I’ve also participated in some of the events that Internex have offered such as: watching a violent game of hockey, seen a B.C Lions game as well as some of the weekly pub nights. I’m definitely also planning on going on some of the big monthly trips! Even though I think I’ve gained a lot of experiences these past 2 and a half months I still have sooooo much I still want to see and do. I don’t think it’s possible to be bored in Vancouver!

Even though this trip is mainly for fun and for the chance of a school break, I’m positive that I’ll learn and gain a lot on a personal level as well. Hopefully (Actually I’m absolutely sure of this) I’ll return home with memories and friendships for a lifetime.

Cheers Ellen


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

Review of the Year: April, May, June


And as the first quarter of the year ended with some anticipation, we could start into the second one with the review of our amazing trip to the Rockies. Watching the beautiful scenery of snowy mountains and lakes really made me think how much one takes Canada for granted sometimes. Another great thing about this trip was the gorgeous weather. We really were a lucky bunch because it was sunshine and blue skies everyday! During this trip we went to so many beautiful places such as Lake Louise, Bow Lake, Emerald Lake, and of course Banff Gondola!

After the legendary Rockies trip, we had to say good bye to yet another friend and intern of our PR department. Flora had been with us for a quarter of a year and for her it was back to being a student for the moment. Yep, that meant textbooks and exams (no more pub nights for her on weekdays…no tequila shots).

However, as most often the case, one beloved face vanishes and another person is right at the threshold. Mercedes started her internship with us in April. She was born in a Spanish city called Vigo, right in the Atlantic Coast, and that’s probably the reason why she loves the sea and the beach so much. She studies Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Vigo and wants to achieve a career in International Relations and Marketing.

Only a few weeks later, Mercedes was joined by Clara. She was from Mérida, a very beautiful city in the Southwestern part of Spain, with a large amount of old Roman monuments and famous for its ham, red wine and other delicious things and the last four years she lived in Madrid. So April really was a month of change…


And the new month started off with another new intern as well. We welcomed Jelle into the team, a Dutch student, living close to Amsterdam in a small town called Enkhuizen. For the last 7 years he studied in Amsterdam. The first 4 years graphic design, and in April he studied international tourism management. Because of his studies he likes to travel a lot.

Other than that, we had a public holiday in May, the Victoria Day. Victoria Day (French: Fête de la Reine) is a national Canadian pubic holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honor of Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria was born on May 24th, 1819 and is still the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. (During her life, the British Empire expanded substantially). The monarch’s birthday has been celebrated in Canada since before the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign. After her death, on January 1901, May 25 became “Empire Day”, and for many reasons the Monday before the 25th became Victoria’s Day! In some cities, fireworks are displayed or parades are held to mark Victoria Day. One of the most notable parades is held in the capital of British Columbia; Victoria, which was named because of the Queen Victoria!


June, the last part of the second quarter, started of summer and to get in the mood, we decided to announce another Rockies trip for August. What better way to start of this season than with anticipation for this great adventure…





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

INTERNeX Canada: Expose of the week with Frida and Emma

For todays episode of “Expose of the week” I talked to Emma and Frida from Sweden. Frida came to Canada because she heard from her friends that it was great here and also wanted get away from home. Emma came here because she wanted to have some international work experience.  Emma stayed in Canada for 6 months and Frida stayed one month longer.

They both did City
Placement in Vancouver where Emma worked in a Coffee shop and Frida at a sandwich shop. They were lucky enough to have had the chance to work with really nice people and enjoyed making new friends there. At their jobs they had a lot of responsibilities for example Frida was responsible for everything in the store, from opening until closing. Emma was in charge of making sure the store was clean, making coffee and all of the closing duties.

According to Emma, the best things about working at the Coffee shop are the free drinks! For Frida, it

was her coworkers who made her experience at the sandwich shop.

They both agreed that the best thing about living in Vancouver, Canada was meeting people from all over the world and the amazing party and pub life. While being here they visited Bowen Island, Seattle and Mexico, which they thought were all amazing places to go to and they definitely recommend those destinations to others.

Emma and Frida also attended the INTERNeX PuB NiGHTs, which they felt were a great way to meet new people from all over the world and also to keep in touch with friends they already knew.  They really liked the fact that nobody was tied down to a single group and everyone was eager to mingle about with all of the INTERNeX candidates.  They also joined the INTERNeX Paintball event, which they survived with only a few bruises but with a lot of laughs.

The reason of choosing INTERNeX International Exchange was that they delivered everything in a packet and pre-arranged everything for them, even their accommodation. They both started at the Staffhouse and afterwards went to live together in an apartment. The two of them really liked living in the Staffhouse and wished they could have stayed longer.

Thank you both so much for having this interview with me.

I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

We will miss you here in Vancouver.



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